The objective of the program is to support the technical capacity building of women to help their careers in the SAR energy sector. The outcomes of the project will benefit mid-career women engineering/technical professionals working in the South Asia region. This training will deliver two sets of activities that will benefit women working at all levels of the energy sector value chain:
a) Develop and standardize suitable curriculum for training and,
b) Deploy technical trainings for mid-career women professionals

The Curriculum will primarily focus on:
(i) Operation of regionally integrated power systems with high penetration of renewable energy, including hydropower; and
(ii) Power markets for regional integration and scaling-up renewable energy, including hydropower

While particularly relevant in the context of the Bhutan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal (BBIN) regional grid that optimizes hydropower from Bhutan and Nepal, and solar energy from India to meet regional demand, the LSTP Program is also relevant for Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who are also increasingly reliant on distributed power generation.
LSTP is envisaged as a hybrid, multi-modal program, where real-time online classes will be augmented by onsite instruction in field conditions, culminating in an intensive capstone workshop held face-to-face in Bangkok.
Asian Institute of Technology shall anchor the design and delivery of the SAR-100 program within defined time and resource parameters. The training methodology is a Hub-and-Spoke design wherein national partners from different countries shall deliver the training in a decentralized manner.

These course-packs will be the principal resource for participants and remain with them as a permanent resource.

Online Class Manual – for real-time distributed learning sessions taught by remotely located faculty:

  • Module overview and learning objectives
  • Required resource materials, reading lists and online links
  • Guidance on requirement for successful completion and assessment

Onsite Practicum Workbook – for supervised self-study at specified in-country locations:

  • Reference material and links
  • Assignments and task sheets
  • Reporting frameworks and templates

Capstone Seminar Program – for transnational peer-learning and networking in Bangkok:

  • Introductions to SAR100 students, faculty and program management
  • Abstract of presentations and panels and feedback forms
  • Detailed Program of learning activities, field visits and leisure options

In addition to the technical course content, SAR-100 participants will also benefit from:  

  • A full module on soft skills that help build gender awareness, mitigate unconscious bias
  • Foster leadership potential among women professionals

Further, all modules will be contextualized to climate change and net zero goals of the region. Through the training, a region-wide community of women leaders in the energy sector, linked by a common understanding of energy imperatives and armed with shared perceptions and skills, will be fostered.