Special Correspondent

`Spark `07' held at Arunai Engineering College

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Additional General Manager of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, Ranipet, K.S. Krithivasan has called upon electrical engineering students to become entrepreneurs in the power sector to beat the growing competition from China. Inaugurating `Spark `07', a national-level technical seminar organised by the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Arunai Engineering College (AEC) here recently, he said that renewable energy was going to contribute a lot to meet the growing power demand in the coming decades.

It was estimated that coal reserves might last for another 100 years, while oil reserves another 50 years. With the cost of power being Rs. four crore a MW, Rs.4,00,000 crore has to be invested in the next seven to 10 years in the power sector. The technology and manpower for this had to come from budding electrical engineers, he said.

The BHEL, a leading manufacturer of power plant equipments, was facing a stiff competition from private sector with prices coming down, especially in China.

Though the quality of the power plant equipments manufactured in China did not match that of the BHEL, the quality would improve in the years to come.

K. Thirunavukarasu, Principal, AEC, said that a students' chapter of the Institution of Engineers in India would be established in the college next month. V.J. Chandrasekaran, Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, said that out of 80 papers received for the seminar, 42 were selected for presentation.