Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI), a society and trust registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 was initiated by Govt. of Gujarat, promoted by Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. with energy related goals-Education, Research and Industrial Training. Under the aegis of GERMI, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University is flourishing with six schools and about 2000 students. The research team of GERMI-Research, Innovation and Incubation Centre (GRIIC) is presently focusing on three research wings - Petroleum, Solar and Environment. Needless to emphasize the proactive initiatives by my colleagues responsible for the significant levels of output seen in the past. They have, for example, provided scientific, technological, management and training leadership in the field of energy and environment. The ambitious Gandhinagar 5 MW Photovoltaic Rooftop Programme in the State of Gujarat is one standing example. The reality checks to streamline the institutional mechanisms to transform the intent related to the solar energy optimization with the twin objective of safe climate and integration of alternative energy systems is another example of scientific excellence. The initiatives in petroleum sector are under way with major multi-lateral, multi-institutional co-operation. Another standing example is the mega-project taken up in the environment sector under full funding support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) dealing with chemical substitution and compliance, which is a major highlight of GERMI’s research activity.
The institute is poised for integrated growth with substantial output in the coming few years based on the initiatives being undertaken in the petroleum and renewable energy sectors. With a strong team under it’s arm in the field of research, training and management, I am confident that GERMI will soon get the attention of international scientists. I invite research institutes and organizations to consider partnering with GERMI through joint research projects. We are in the process of initiating programmes - internships to the students, visiting scientist fellowships to the scholars and visiting professorship awards to intellectuals to share their innovative thoughts and give a helping hand to the upcoming young scientists of GERMI. As time passes, the visibility of GERMI will soon be seen in the form of publications, mega-industrial energy projects and trainings to skilled personnel, in order to reach greater heights.
Prof. T. Harinarayana