New York: India’s Union Minister Piyush Goyal will on Friday receive the prestigious Carnot Prize from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania in recognition of his work for rural electrification while he held the power and renewable energy portfolios. The Carnot Prize is given “for distinguished contributions to energy policy”, the Philadelphia-based university said. “During his tenure (as Power Minister), Goyal directed a fast-track effort to electrify 18,000 villages in remote parts of India, helping bridge the country’s vast energy divide,” it said.
Goyal, who is now the Minister for Railways and Coal, headed the Power and Renewable Energy Ministries from 2014 to 2017 and oversaw the big push for rural electrification. The university cited an International Energy Agency (IEA) report that said that if the pace of electrification continued, India will achieve “one of the largest successes in the history of electrification” by having electricity for all by 2020. The ambitious electrification goal is driven by the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.
The award is to be presented in Philadelphia by William W. Burke-White, the university’s professor of law. A lecture in honour of Goyal is to delivered by Aaswath Raman, an assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering, on “An Untapped Renewable Energy Resource: The Cold of Space”. (IANS)