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National Power Training Institute, Southern Region is one of the 9(Nine) Institutes under National Power Training Institute, a Registered Society functioning with the grant-in-aid from Ministry of Power, Government of India.

National Power Training Institute, Southern Region, Neyveli is the very first Power Training Institute in the country. It was started in 1965 as Steam Power Station Personnel Training Institute later renamed as Thermal Power Station Personnel Training Institute under the erstwhile Central Water Power Commission.

The objective of setting-up of this Training Institute was to provide a centralized facility for training the engineers of Thermal Power Stations which were coming up in the country during that time. Neyveli was chosen for setting up this Institute as six Thermal units of 300 MW were commissioned and units for another 300MW were under construction at that time at Neyveli as a turn-key project by Russians.

Since consultancy for Neyveli Thermal Power Station was provided by Central Water Power Commission the Commission set up this training Institute at Neyveli for utilizing the expertise of M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited Engineers in O&M of Thermal Power Stations to train the Engineers of other Electricity Boards which were also establishing large Thermal Generating units that time.

The Institute has undergone many changes since 1965 and had continuous growth. With the bifurcation of Central Water Power Commission into Central Electricity Authority and Central Water Commission in seventies, the Institute came under Central Electricity Authority. In late 1970s the Raj Dekshya Committee set up by Government of India to improve Power Sector of the country, recommended among many things formal training for the personnel employed in the Power Industry. Accordingly the Indian Electricity Rule was amended and under Rule No.3, a clause has been brought in to make training mandatory for the personnel employed in the generating stations and associated sub stations.

With this the Thermal Power Station Personnel training Institutes including the TPSPTI Neyveli under Central Electricity Authority were carved out and formed into a separate autonomous body under Ministry of Power as Power Engineers Training Society in 1980 to give more importance for Power Training and to have a accelerated growth of the Institutes. P.E.T.S was later renamed as National Power Training Institute (NPTI) in 1993.

The organisation had collaboration with the then Central Electricity Generating Board of United Kingdom to modernise the training programs. A number of trainers have been sent to U.K. and provided advanced training both in latest developments in Power Industry as well training methodology. The Neyveli Institute providing training only in the field of Thermal Generation earlier stared Training activities in other areas such as Transmission, Distribution etc. Hence the TPSPTI, Neyveli is renamed as National Power Training Institute (Southern Region).

National Power Training Institute, Southern Region, Neyveli during the various regimes made a continuous growth. Started functioning in 1965 in a temporary building provided the M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd., now it has its own premises sprawling over 50 acres with all amenities in Neyveli Township. Also the Institute which was conducting training only in Thermal Power Generation now equipped itself to conduct training in all segments of Power Sector i.e. Generation, Transmission and Distribution. In the last 4 decades of its existence NPTI (SR) has trained thousands of Engineers, Supervisors and Technicians from most of the Electricity Boards, public and private sector utilities.

NPTI (SR) is continuously updating its Training Programs to meet the changing needs of the Power Industry and introduce innovative Training methodologies. This web site provides all information about this Institute for every one in Power Industry to utilise its Infrastructure to their betterment. Suggestions and comments are welcome.


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