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IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies partners with Zemblance Hydrocarbons to launch 'Applied Petroleum Engineering & Hydrogen Energy' course

IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies partners with Zemblance Hydrocarbons to launch 'Applied Petroleum Engineering & Hydrogen Energy' course

  • 2nd Aug 2023
  • Press Release

The Digital Skills Academy of IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation is partnering with Zemblance Hydrocarbons Private Limited to launch a web-enabled PG Level Advanced Certification Programme in 'Applied Petroleum Engineering & Hydrogen Energy' (PGPEH).

This hybrid program combines web-enabled courses in Petroleum Engineering, Renewable energies and Hydrogen Energy, addressing industry requirements. With a rigorous academic curriculum and state-of-the-art research facilities, the program prepares students for success in the field.

This highly-curated program aims to bridge the gap between industry requirements and the upskilling and employability of participants with an engineering background and working professionals.

The program is led by Prof. Rajesh Nair, Professor of Petroleum Engineering Program and Lead Advisor, Zemblance Hydrocarbons, IIT-M Research Park company by collaborating with IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation. Zemblance Hydrocarbons has partnered with Ed4All for its overseas marketing in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, USA, UK, Middle East etc.

The program's evaluation process will also include offline exams conducted at centres across India to ensure a thorough assessment and qualification of participants. The Participants must have passed graduation in engineering/technology or Master's degree in any relevant science subject or working professionals in oil and gas industries or allied areas

Renowned Professors from academia (IIT Madras) and experienced industry experts from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited, GAIL (India) & Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL), among others, will offer practical insights during this web-enabled course. Outreach video of the program is available at

Further information about the course can be obtained by writing to or visiting the following links: (or)

A MoU towards this collaboration was signed recently by Dr. MJ Shankar Raman, Chief Executive Officer, IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation and Ms. Lakshmipriya Menon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zemblance Hydrocarbons.

Highlighting the importance of this program, Course Prof. Rajesh Nair, Faculty in-charge (Petroleum Geomechanics Lab) and Faculty sponsor of Society of Petroleum Engineers, IITM Chapter, Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras, "The program is of having great significance as this is the first programme focussed on for training Engineers in a mix of generating Grey, Blue, Green Hydrogen, brown hydrogen in tandem with nations focus in achieving net zero emission. The program covers for the first time a mix of Petroleum Engineering, Renewable energy and Hydrogen Energy, all in one programme."

Prof. Rajesh Nair added, "The launch of the PGPEH program marks a significant step forward in empowering professionals in the fields of petroleum engineering, renewable energy and hydrogen energy, fostering collaboration between academia and industry, and driving innovation and progress in the energy sector. The PGPEH program will commence on Teachers day" September 5th 2023" as a mark of tribute to the contribution made by teachers to the society."

The MoU was signed in the presence of Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. Mangala Sunder Krishnan, Professor Emeritus and Coordinator, Digital Skills Academy, IIT Madras, Prof. Rajesh Nair, Faculty In-charge (Petroleum Geomechanics Lab), Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras, Dr. Srinivas Reddy, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras, Mr. R.K. Dhasmana, Former Executive Director, ONGC & EdTech Director, Zemblance, Mr. Bapiraju, Former CGM, CPCL, Mr. Balamurali Shankar, GM of Digital Skills Academy, IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, Mr. Madhan Gopalan, Advisor (Corp/Legal), Zemblance, and Dr. Venkatesh, CTO, Zemblance, among others.

IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation is the Technology Innovation Hub of IIT Madras. It is a Section 8 not-for-profit Company and is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems.

The Petroleum Engineering Programme at IIT Madras holds a significant position, ranking 21st globally according to the QS Ranking and being the top-ranked program in India. The university actively engages in advanced research collaborations with companies in the oil and gas industry, as well as those involved in hydrogen production.

ABOUT ZEMBLANCE HYDROCARBONS: Zemblance Hydrocarbons is a company located in the IIT Madras research park, established by faculty and alumni of IIT Madras. The company specializes in offering a range of services and research solutions to upstream oil and gas companies. With their advanced technologies and patented innovations in coal gasification and hydrogen production, we are at the forefront of the industry.

Leveraging their strong background in research and academia, Zemblance also provides an educational technology (EdTech) program aimed at enhancing the knowledge of working professionals and students in the fields of petroleum and renewable energy. Through their program, individuals can upgrade their expertise and stay abreast of the latest developments in these industries.