UK to help Bengal govt create workforce for maintenance of EV Infra
Kolkata, Mar 22 (KNN) The UK will assist West Bengal in creating a technical workforce for maintenance of its EV infrastructure, which is poised to grow at a rapid pace as India switches over to electric mobility over the next few years, officials said on Tuesday.
British Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Peter Cook said, "The UK government is keen to deepen our engagement with West Bengal through the creation of an EV skills roadmap, and wider knowledge exchange with UK experts to help drive forward West Bengal's EV policy.”
The West Bengal government is also collaborating with the UK government to set up a centre of excellence for the maintenance and manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs).
State power secretary S Suresh Kumar on Tuesday inaugurated the first workshop on "Building Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure in Bengal" organised by the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata and West Bengal State Council of Technical & Vocational Education and Skill Development.
The workshop was held in partnership with NPTC Group of Colleges Wales, UK.
Addressing the occasion, Kumar said, "It is crucial that technical support is available for the EV charging infrastructure. Skill development is crucial for manufacturing and maintenance of electric vehicles.”
“The centre of excellence will introduce innovation and this will help in the dynamic development of infrastructure and manufacturing. The technical education and skill development department is the right destination for the centre,” he said.
As per reports, the Centre of Excellence will help standardise the EV ecosystem in the state.
Wales-based NPTC Group of Colleges, which organised the workshop with the support of the UK's Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, said it was looking to partner with educational institutions in Bengal to help create a large pool of workforce for the purpose.
"We are already working with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and are in talks with several states, including Haryana, for our aim to create skilled technicians in the EV space without whom the infrastructure that has been built spending a huge amount of money would be redundant," said James Llewellyn, the head of international operations of the NPTC Group of Colleges. (KNN Bureau)