Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019

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MNRE to organise Global Student Solar Assembly

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with IIT Bombay, is organizing the Global Student Solar Assembly on 2 October 2019, to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as well as to promote the Gandhian idea of sustainable living.

For India fight against climate change is a matter of faith and commitment and thus the country has committed to reduce its carbon intensity by 33-35% by year 2030 as well as to install cumulative renewable energy capacity of 175 GW (by 2022) and 450 GW (by 2030).

About Global Student Solar Assembly

Objective: The Workshop aims to sensitize young minds about energy sustainability and environmental care.

Participants: The day-long event scheduled at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi will see participation of more than 10,000 students from across the institutions from National Capital Region (NCR) and Delhi. These students will be accompanied by their trainers who would provide them hands-on training on how to assemble their own solar study lamps.

The making of once own solar lamps, would introduce students to the concept of self-sufficiency (quality or condition of being self-sufficient), an idea that was so close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi.

At the end of the event, all students will switch-on their self-assembled solar lamps in remembrance of Mahatma and will take pledge of non-violence towards the environment.

During this workshop, Two Guinness world records will be attempted by the students-

1) Sustainability lessons to the largest number of participants at a single place

2) Largest number of solar lamps lit together

Global Observance: In addition to the event at New Delhi, similar workshops will be organised in other Indian cities and also in foreign countries. This global event is expected to be joined by over 1 million students in 60 countries on a single day and the students will become Renewable Energy Ambassadors to carry the message green energy far and beyond.

NIDO and NISE to partner for skill development program

National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous institution of Ministry of New and Renewable (MNRE) signed an agreement with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to initiate a skill development programme for different levels of beneficiaries in solar thermal energy sector.

Key Highlights of Agreement

NISE and UNIDO will engage national and international experts to bring best practices by developing specialized training material.

This agreement is part of ongoing MNRE-GEF-UNIDO project (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy – Global Environment Friendly – United Nations Industrial Development Organization) which is jointly implemented by UNIDO.

It is to support capacity building and skill development of technical manpower in Concentrated Solar-Thermal Energy Technologies (CST) which are being used to replace conventional fossil fuels such as diesel, coal, furnace oil etc. and save costs and emissions in industrial process heat applications.


It is United Nations’ specialized agency headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

It was established on 17 November 1966.

Its Parent organization is United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

It is a member of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It promotes industrial development for reducing poverty, inclusive globalization as well as environmental sustainability.

Members States: 170. These members regularly discuss and decide UNIDO’s guiding principles and policies in sessions of Policymaking Organs.

UNIDO Mission: is described in Lima Declaration (2013) adopted at 15th session of UNIDO General Conference. It is to promote and accelerate Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) in Member States.

Mandate: UNIDO’s mandate is completely recognized in SDG-9 (Sustainable Development Goal): Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.