EOI invited for Varunmitra Skill Development Programme

Expression of Interest is hereby invited to empanel Training Centres (TCs) to impart training under Solar Water Pumping Training Programme (Varunmitra). The empanelment of TCs may be considered for one year or beyond, subject to the continuity of the programme.


National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) is an Autonomous Institute of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India (GoI) to facilitate Research & Development (R &D), Testing, Certification and Skill Development activities in the areas of solar energy technologies in the Country.

Under the skill development initiatives of the MNRE, NISE is mandated as the nodal agency for implementation of “Solar Water Pumping Training Programme (Varunmitra).

About Varunmitra Skill Development Programme

Solar PV Water Pumping systems are one of the most useful applications of Solar Energy for meeting irrigation needs. Through the KUSUM scheme, Govt. aims to incentivize farmers to run Solar farm water pumps and use barren land for generating solar power. Installation of such a large number of Solar Pumps would need trained and skilled manpower for installation/commissioning as well as repair/maintenance. The objective of the present training programme is to impart knowledge and guidance in the design, installation, commissioning, safety, troubleshooting as well as operation & maintenance of the solar water pumping systems to create a pool of trained and skilled workforce which will be called as “VARUNMITRAS”. This is a 3 weeks/21 days/120 hours residential skill development programme following the Qualification Pack (QP) of SGJ/Q0112 details of the QP is available at https://sscgj.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Booklet_Qualification-Pack-SCGJ.pdf.

The applicable National Occupational Standard (NOS) is SGJ/N0134 for the design, Installation, and Commissioning of Solar Water Pumping Systems. The preferable qualification for participants will be as per QP SGJ/Q0112. Special emphasis is to be given to the persons coming from rural backgrounds, women, unemployed youth, SC/ST category. The participants would be provided boarding and lodging facilities at the Training Centre (TC) by the Training Partner (TP). At the end of the course, Assessment and certification shall be done by the Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ). Any change in the assessing body (SCGJ) shall be informed by NISE. The list of Equipment and Curriculum for conducting training underVarunmitra is attached as Annexure 1-2. NISE reserves the right to modify/change/ update/amend/cancel the Expression of Interest (EoI) without specifying any reason. Any query related to this EoI can be sent to e-mail eoi@nise.res.in 

Scope of work

NISE invites response document to this Expression of Interest for the selection of TCs to impart training under Varunmitra Skill Development Programme on PAN India basis against the programme sanctioned by MNRE for FY2023-24. Empanelled TCs may also be considered for FY2024-25 subject to the programme sanctioned by MNRE and also subject to the fulfilment of all qualifying conditions. As per present sanction all empanelled training centres to ensure completion of training by June 2025. However, this date may be extended subject to the receipt of sanction from MNRE.

Eligibility Criteria (All TCs must fulfil following criteria so as to be considered for further evaluation as per technical scoring criteria given at para 2.3).

  1. The TC must be an Institute/ Engineering College/ Polytechnic College/ ITI/ NGO/Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) or any other affiliated skill development centre with proper infrastructure as per para 2.5.
  2. TC must have training experience in the renewable energy/ solar energy.
  3. The TC must have Faculty with proper knowledge of Solar Water Pumping/ Solar Energy Programmes. To support this, a CV with relevant documents for each faculty must be submitted. The same requirements are applicable to guest faculty, if any.
  4. TC must have well equipped laboratory, classroom facilities and residential facilities as per para 2.5.
  5. The institute must have Solar Water Pumping System facility for training like Fixed, Seasonal Tilt, Horizontal Axis Tracker and Dual Axis Tracker

General Information

  • The documents with its supporting evidences should be properly uploaded on portal.
  • The application with incomplete documents/ information will be out-rightly rejected and no correspondence for that will be entertained.
  • Applications of joint venture / consortium in any form shall not be considered.
  • The rent out of training is not allowed and will attract the cancellation of empanelment of TC.
  • The Training Partners (TPs) who are applying for multiple Training centres (TCs) within a state/UT shall apply for one centre and also not more than 3 centres in total within the country.
  • NISE will prepare a state-wise merit list of the training centres. If two or more training centres get the same marks in evaluation, then the order of selection preference will be as follows-
    • Government Institutes/Universities (Central/State/Deemed to be University/ Private University recognized by UGC)
    • Engineering College (Central/State/Private College approved by AICTE) Polytechnic (both private and government approved by designated state authority)/ ITI College (both private and government approved by NCVT/SCVT) PMKK Centre
    • Other affiliated Skill Development Centre affiliated from SCGJ/NSDC regarding solar training in academic setup (as mentioned above) shall be considered only.
  • The applicant has to deposit an online processing fee (non-refundable) of Rs 5000/- for submitting application for one centre.
  • The non-refundable fee will be submitted through CC Avenue link for the fee payment will be available in the online application form.
  • The empanelled TC has to submit the yearly/ quarterly action plan with starting dates of the batches and details of participants in advance in the given format.
  • TC has to provide Varunmitra Handbook/ study material to each participant from the course fee head of the project cost.
  • Aadhar Enabled Bio-metric System (AEBAS) and IP based camera system is to be used mandatorily at the training centre. The payment shall be released based on AEBAS attendance system or any other similar biometric attendance system in places where AEBAS is not applicable.
  • Court of Jurisdiction for any dispute will be Punjab and Haryana high court Chandigarh. The decision of the Competent Authority, NISE shall be final in all matters relating to eligibility, acceptance or rejection of application, mode of selection. 

Mode of Submission: ONLINE

Last Date for Submission: 30 April 2024, 05:30 PM IST