Strategic Projects, National Skill Development Corporation
Vagish Sharma is a Project Manager at National Skill Development Corporation, an armslength organization under India’s Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He specializes in energy education and sustainable project management. He played a vital role in development of the Joint Clean Energy R&D Centre, a partnership between the US Department of Energy and India’s Ministry of Science & Technology focused on ensuring mutual energy security building a clean energy in each partner nation. Beyond that he hopes to develop a more effective knowledge sharing infrastructure - a system where people working across disciplines in energy access can access supportive resources and community.
Capacity-building and standardization within the energy sector is important to Vagish. ”India has a very high number of young people who are unemployed or not enrolled in an education or training program,” he says,” this huge obstacle to progress but, at the same time, an opportunity.”
“Solar and wind energy provides a tremendous opportunity to provide light to Indian homes,” says Vagish,”we can create skilled, green jobs and improve access to electricity.” He sees private-public partnerships playing a critical role in skill-development ecosystems because “India is a big and lucrative marketplace.”