THDC INDIA LIMITED has considerable presence in Hydro Sector in the State of Uttarakhand—1,000 MW (4 x 250) Tehri Dam and Power Plant is operational since 2006-07, another 200 MW of 400 MW (4x100) Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project has been commissioned in March 2011 and 1,000 MW Tehri Pumped Storage Plant is under construction. In addition, various Hydro Projects in Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Sarda basins are under various stages of development. The Hydro potential in Uttarakhand is approximately 20178 MW out of which only 10-15% has been harnessed till now. There is a need for Technical Institute for developing skilled technical manpower required for harnessing Hydro Power in the State of Uttarakhand in principle and in the country in general.
Looking into the above required augmentation in the field of Hydro Sector, it was agreed by the Ministry of Power that THDCIL will establish a Technical Institute to impart instructions in various disciplines of Engineering with focus on Hydro Power. The objective behind setting up of the Institute is to generate and create a pool of continuously upgraded skilled set of knowledge with special thrust on construction, Operation and Maintenance of Hydro Power stations. In line with this THDC has taken up construction of ‘THDC INSTITUTE OF HYDROPOWER ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY’ with requisite infrastructure as per AICTE norms, at Project site Tehri in an area of around 20 Acres.
For running of the Institute, on 10th May 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding was entered between THDCIL and Uttarakhand Technical University. The MOU was signed by Shri DS Chauhan, Vice Chancellor for and on behalf of UTU and by Shri DV Singh, Director (Technical) for and on behalf of THDC INDIA LIMITED in presence of senior officers of UTU and THDCIL. As per the MOU, THDCIL will incur one time expenditure towards creation of infrastructure for the Institute as per AICTE norms with its complete furnishing with labs, workshops, library, office etc. UTU will run the Institute as a Constituent College of the University in self-finance mode and shall meet all recurring expenses. The infrastructure meeting the first year requirement of the Institute is complete. UTU shall commence running of the Institute from the Academic Session 2011-12. THDCIL is creating asset of the Institute from its Corporate Social Responsibility fund.