India’s First Centre for Energy Regulation Set-Up at IIT Kanpur

The Centre is a first-of-it-kind in the power/energy sector in the country.


Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur has set up the Centre for Energy Regulation (CER), the first of its kind centre in the country aimed at strengthening policy and regulatory institutions in the power/energy sector.

The Centre was launched by Shri PK Pujari, Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission(CERC) at a ceremony held in New Delhi on 17th May. At the ceremony, the Centre’s logo and web portal were also unveiled in the presence of other key dignitaries including Shri AK Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power; Shri RC Bhargava, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur and Mr. Gavin McGillivray, Head of Department for International Development (DFID) India.

The Centre is an initiative by the Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT Kanpur and is partly supported by the UK Government. The aim of the Centre is to strengthen the Indian power sector and towards this aim, the Centre will be working closely with key stakeholders in the Indian power sector, particularly the Central and State governments, civil society groups, businesses in the area and academia.

Some of the objectives of the Centre include increasing the interaction between businesses, regulatory authorities and academia; developing the required knowledge base for future policy decisions; research into the power sector and developing a collaborative research environment.

“The Department of Industrial and Management Engineering at IIT Kanpur has been actively involved in regulatory research and policy advisory. I commend this initiative and hope that this dedicated Centre will further push the existing work of IIT Kanpur,” said Shri Pujari(Former Secretary, MoP) in his keynote address at the inauguration ceremony.

In his welcome address, Prof. Anoop Singh, Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, IIT Kanpur and Coordinator of CER, highlighted that the Centre would adopt innovative approach to engage with stakeholders in the power sector and would also develop a regulatory database to enable stakeholders in taking more informed decisions. The online learning modules and tools would help enhance understanding of the regulatory and policy aspect for the beginners as well as advanced learners and the Centre’s output can later be accessed from its web portal.


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