In the Salem center, we successfully introduced 24 kW solar panels, with 120 kW solar cells planned in the coming years. This will be used not only for internal purposes but will also be exported to the government power grid.
Solar power is an eco-sustainable green energy source that is non-polluting, clean, dependable, and renewable. It does not pollute the atmosphere by emitting harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur oxide. Because solar energy does not require fuel, it avoids the issues of fuel transportation and radioactive waste storage. India's theoretical solar power reception on its land area is approximately 5,000 trillion kilowatt-hours, with approximately 300 clear, sunny days per year. Even if the efficiency of PV (Photovoltaic) modules are only 10%, this is a thousand times greater than the domestic electricity demand projected for 2016.
We have installed 100 kW solar power generation units in our Salem IT Park building, as well as 24 kW solar power generation units in our other Salem facility. This enables our IT Park facility to be completely self-sufficient in terms of power generation during the day. EB power is only used at night when solar power generation is unavailable.
The polytechnic's continuing education centre was established in 1994 and has been hosting different programs such as Skill Development and Career Guidance not just for our students but also for students from other colleges, professionals, and Salem residents. Since its establishment, this centre has educated over 94,500 students and has been a great help to the people of Salem in improving their skills and carving out a livelihood.
This institution has been identified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India to introduce the Scheme of Community Development through Polytechnics in Salem District. This is to help and support school dropouts, unemployed rural youth, women, differently abled people, minorities, scheduled castes and tribes, economically disadvantaged people, and other unprivileged people in the society.
The scheme provides skill development opportunities for individuals and enables them to use suitable technology to improve their quality of living in all respects to accomplish the above and facilitate integrated development of the rural community. This centre promotes the growth of rural youth through the transfer of technical knowledge and skills. The required content and training have been offered by the polytechnic. So far, this centre has trained over 17,500 rural women and unemployed youth in the region.
From January 2014, Thiagarajar Polytechnic College offered the following Vocational Diploma Programs in three levels (Level III, IV, and V) through the AICTE National Skill Qualifications Framework (NSQF) with the approval of the Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai, under the Scheme of Community College Education and Research.
Candidates who have completed the 10th grade, both men and women, as well as working professionals, are eligible for entry to Level-III Vocational Diploma Programs, and there is no age restriction. The Directorate of Technical Education in Chennai will grant a Vocational Diploma Certificate upon satisfactory implementation of all three levels. From the beginning, nearly 522 students were educated in both fields.
Under the auspices of the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation (TNSDC), Chennai, this institution has launched a Short-Term Skill Training Program for Rural Unemployed Youths, with approval from the Directorate of Technical Education (DoTE), Chennai. The program's goal is to help unemployed rural youth find work and transform Tamil Nadu into a skill centre.
Plumber and Helper Electrician, Sewing Machine Operator, Mason (General), CNC Operator (Turning), and other pieces of training were held. Effective participants must register their names on the TNSDC/NSDC Skill Registry Website, which will provide them with several employment options based on their skill sets.