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Bubaneswar – Monday May 09, 2011 - OPTCL is one among the country’s largest and power rich transmission utility having transformation capacity of about 10,100 MW. IT department, OPTCL headed by Mr. Anant Rao, CGM – IT is striving hard to bring in best of the breed IT technologies and applications to aid smooth and better management of the utility. Several initiatives have been made in the recent past. Vision to have a GIS system in place is the latest addition to this agenda. As a first step towards it, OPTCL has appointed M/s. Power Research & Development Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (PRDC) for providing consultancy services that includes studying the state-of-the-art GIS technologies that is most suitable to OPTCL, to prepare a road map for implementation of GIS in OPTCL and extend necessary support in inviting tenders, identifying the right agencies for GIS implementation. PRDC is a Bangalore based pioneering consulting company specialized in providing consultancy services to Indian utilities and is among the largest power system consulting houses in whole of south Asia. PRDC is also listed in the India’s who is who in the Power Sector published by India core

Today PRDC had arranged an one day orientation cum brain storming workshop at Hotel MAYFAIR Lagoon. Workshop was well represented by the top management including all directors of OPTCL and most of the heads of the department of OPTCL. Senior officials of OERC, SLDC and CESU were among the special invitees. This is evident of the seriousness and commitment towards IT implementations by the top management under the ablest leadership of Sri. Hemant Sharma, IAS, MD OPTCL. Workshop was inaugurated by Sri. Hemant Sharma, IAS – Managing Director of OPTCL. He aptly addressed M/s. PRDC as the knowledge bank of the country and expressed his confidence in the team to come up with the road map for coming 3 to 5 years down the lane. Welcome address was made by Dr. R Nagaraja, Managing Director, PRDC. Sri. BK Mishra, Commissioner OERC, a veteran and guest of honor, spoke on the occasion and expressed his deep concern over IT implementations being neglected in the industry. He was very glad that OPTCL is taking step in the right direction. While addressing the gathering, Mr. K.K.Nath, Director Engineering, OPTCL stressed on maintenance and operational matters to be addressed

International and national GIS state of affairs and bird’s eye view of the road map to the implementation of GIS was presented by Dr. R. Nagaraja, Managing Director, PRDC, Subject experts Mr. MS Raju, Mr. Rajaseker Reddy and Mr. Ritesh Robin Stanley delivered technical presentations with good interactions. Workshop ended after panel discussion post lunch.


N Ramesh

DGM / Head IT, PRDC, Pvt. Ltd. HO, Bengaluru

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PRDC power system research center has recently got approval to admit students to MS. Eng. by research and PhD programs by VTU (Visvesvaraya Technological University).

(The VTUniversity has the jurisdiction throughout Karnataka and at present 111 Engineering colleges are affiliated to it. The intake every year for Engineering under this University inclusive of PG is around 38,000. The University has 25 branches of Bachelors Degree and 54 branches of M.Tech courses. B.E (Bio-Technology) is the UG course introduced in 2002-03 in 21 colleges. In addition, the University has MBA and MCA courses. The university also offers M.Sc. (Engg.) by Research and Ph.D programmes. In the year under consideration, the University has 249 registered candidates for M.Sc. (Engg.) by Research and Ph.D in 80 Research Centres in 24 affiliated colleges.)