Edinburgh varsity in talks to train clean energy professionals

Shubhra Tandon Mumbai | Updated on February 22, 2011 Published on February 21, 2011

Foreseeing a huge demand for trained professionals in areas of clean energy and carbon control in Indian companies, the University of Edinburgh is in discussions with several public and private sector companies to explore their skill requirements. It is looking to forge partnerships with leading Indian institutes for research and development in these fields too.

The university, which is offering courses on carbon management and environment law among others, is seeing a shift in mindsets of companies towards hiring professionals explicitly trained in clean energy and related issues. The interest can be attributed to efforts to curtail energy use and in turn control their costs.

“We are seeing interest in Indian companies picking up employees with specialisation in these areas… They are beginning to see the need for professional skills not just in their own organisations but also within their supply chains as this really helps them reduce energy use. So the conversations that we are having with companies on this is an important element in professional skills learning over the next four to five years,” said the Director of Edinburgh Centre on Climate Change, Dr Andrew Kerr.

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Published on February 21, 2011
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