Guru Gobind Singh Refinery in Bathinda -- which started operations two days ago -- will get most of its technical manpower from Punjab itself as Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided to train locals for employment in the refinery.
PTU vice chancellor (VC) Dr Rajneesh Arora said the Bathinda centre of the university was in the process of designing courses that would suit the requirements of the refinery so that locals could get employment in the refinery.
"The step is being taken to boost employment and provide best talent to the refinery," the VC added.
He said there was a requirement for nearly 1,100 technical staff that the PTU could provide after training desiring candidates.
"The Bathinda refinery is a milestone and the people of Punjab would get an opportunity to work in it. The PTU would provide technical assistance to those interested in working in the refinery," Arora added.
The PTU vice-chancellor was in the city to launch an MTech course in geo-informatics at the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre. The centre will soon start the course for interested candidates and the selection will be purely on merit basis.
Director of Punjab Remote Sensing Centre Dr Brijendra Pateriya said, "The classes for MTech course having 25 seats will begin after the syllabus is decided. Admissions will be done by the PTU and since it is a multi-disciplinary course, students from various fields can join the course."
Pateriya said this would be a professional course and students who complete it could get employment in any company offering the services globally.
"It will be a two-year course and cost around Rs 2 lakh. The fee includes tuition fee, development funds among others. There will be four semesters of six months each and the tuition fee for each semester will be Rs 30,000," he added.