"Through one of the higher education institutions we have, the Technology Academy Polytechnic (ATI) in Padang (West Sumatra), the Ministry of Industry remains committed to developing renewable energy sciences by opening a Diploma IV study program for Renewable Energy Bioprocess Engineering Technology," Head of the Ministry's Industrial Human Resources Development Agency, Eko S. A. Cahyanto, noted in a statement received here, Monday.
According to Cahyanto, the new study program at ATI Polytechnic is expected to help in producing a competent work force in the industry sector, particularly regarding renewable energy, to be promptly absorbed by the sector itself.
"The most important aspect is that the ministry will hand out scholarships to students in the first batch of this study program at the ATI Padang Polytechnic," he revealed.
Renewable energy is the dire need of the hour in a bid to address the diminishing reserves of fossil fuel. Currently, it is a major issue that can potentially change the geopolitical map of global energy. Technological advancements and reducing technology costs have led to swifter growth of renewable energy, surpassing that of other energy sources.
"In fact, some renewable energy technologies, such as bio-diesel or bio-ethanol, are already competing with fossil fuels," he stated.
Taking into account the huge potential in the field of renewable energy technology, Cahyanto invited prospective students to join the Diploma IV Renewable Energy Bioprocess Engineering Technology Program at ATI Padang Polytechnic.
Students can register through the Industrial Vocational Admissions Pathway (Jarvis) Program accessible on www.jarvis.poltekatipdg.ac.id until August 24, 2020.
Jarvis is an innovation by the agency to facilitate participants in registering new college students under the Ministry of Industry.
Jarvis enables centralized student registration at all polytechnics owned by the Ministry of Industry and can be accessed from across Indonesia.
"We believe that the industry that utilizes renewable energy and is engaged in that area will continue to develop, and job opportunities in that sector would remain wide open," he added.
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