Dr. P. C. Pant
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
Government of India
Dr P. C. Pant is the Director for Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. Holder of Masters and Ph. D Degree in Physics (Energetics of Solar Energy Systems) from CCS University Meerut, he has been associated with the Renewable Energy Sector in India for over 36 years and has been working with the Ministry for over 3 decades. He has hands on experience in planning, development and implementation of various renewable energy projects for rural, domestic, institutional and industry applications.
Dr. Pant has represented Ministry in a number of committees such as Governing Council of ANERT Kerala, Executive Committee of MGIIREPD Bangalore, Power Sector Skill Development Council, National Task Force on Green Jobs, Steering Committee of National Mission on Power Electronics, ET-28 and ET-11 Committees of BIs for formulation of Standards of SPV systems and Battery. He is a life member of Solar Energy Society of India, Indian Society of Lighting Engineers, Fellow of International Energy Foundation. He will now be representing Ministry in its RE-Invest series of Investors’ Meet & Expo.
Dr. Pant is the Coordinator for International Training Activities at the National Institute of Solar Energy under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme and has organized 14 programmes with 315 participants from 73 countries so far. Also instrumental in getting NISE accredited with Non-aligned Movement Centre for S&T (NAMCS&T) as one of the research centres for students of NAM countries to undertake research activities at NISE.
He is steering HRD, Innovative Projects, Support to States and Energy Storage programmes in the Ministry since 2009. New schemes such as National Solar Science Fellowship, National Renewable Energy Fellowship, support for lab and library up-gradation, institution of RE Chairs, institutionalising RE education and training mechanism in the country, support to CIIE Initiatives of IIM Ahmedabad, support to Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States, support to SNAs etc. have been initiated and being implemented. Also coordinated climate change activities in the Ministry for about one year.
Dr. Pant has been the Guest faculty at National Power Training Institute (for MBA Power Electronics), IIT Delhi, DTU, TERI University, MANIT Bhopal etc. under Quality Improvement Programme for the faculty members. He has published more than 10 research papers, PI and CoPI of collaborative research projects, guiding PhD and MTech students (two students have been awarded PhD), and written guest editorial of special editions of some journals. Reviewer of research papers in peer reviewed international journals of repute such as SOLMAT, Solar Energy.