The Central Government has set up an autonomous institute -- the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) -- under the administrative control of the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

The NISE, which will function as the apex centre for research and technology development and related activities in the area of solar energy technologies in the country, has been established by converting the existing Solar Energy Centre in Gwal Pahari village, Gurgaon. It was registered under the Haryana Societies Registration Act on October 24.

Its affairs would be managed by a governing council to be headed by secretary of the MNRE and an executive committee headed by the director general, according to an official statement released on Monday.

The institute would assist the MNRE and perform various tasks under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), which targets deployment of 20,000MW of grid-connected solar power by 2022 in three phases. About 1685MW of solar power capacity had been installed during the phase I of the JNNSM against the target of 1100MW, the release said.

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