KPCL plans to recruit 7,000 engineers
The Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) has announced the recruitment of 7,000 engineers within the next four years to manage the new projects, which have been taken up by it in and outside the State.
At a programme to induct newly-appointed engineers, KPCL Managing Director S M Jaamdar has said the first batch of 300 engineers is just a beginning and will be followed by recruitment of another 700 this financial year.
“We have plans to add 8,000 MW power during the next five years, for which we will be recruiting 6,000 personnel on an average of 0.8 person per MW power to be generated,” he said.
He said KPCL already has 6,000 staff and the recruitment of another 7,000 (including 1,000 during the year) will further augment the manpower at the corporation.
Jaamdar said the recruitment of 6,000 persons will not be just restricted to engineering, but also includes designers and administration. “But 60 per cent of them will be for engineering,” said Jaamdar.
Listing several new projects taken up by KPCL to meet the demand for power, he said they are expected to generate profit of at least Rs 3,000 crore. “We have made a record profit of Rs 711 crore rupees this year, but the expected profit after five years is Rs 3,000 crore,” he said.
Congratulating the newly recruited engineers, he said that 107 engineers recruited are women. Of the total engineers recruited, 50 percent were selected on merit, with the rest coming through a written test. The KPCL had received 18,000 online applications, with 11,272 candidates appearing for the written exam.
M R Sreenivasamurthy, Chairman, Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) said that the commission has been advising the government to either strengthen the power sector by making capacity addition or procuring from outside to meet the power demand.
Generation at BTPS
Jaamdar said the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS), which had stopped generation of power has resumed functioning, contributing 400 MW of power to the State grid. Principal Secretary Shamim Banu reiterated that the State had begun purchase of 300 MW power from outside, refusing however to identify the source they are procuring from.