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TERI University
TERI University was established on 19 August 1998 and recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as a deemed to be University in 1999.[1][2] Set-up as the TERI School of Advanced Studies in 1998, the institution was subsequently renamed the TERI University. In the period since its inception, the University has developed and evolved as a research university exploring the frontiers of knowledge in areas of major significance to human endeavour.[citation needed] TERI University is the first of its kind in India to dedicate itself to the study of environment, energy and natural sciences for sustainable development.

The University offers Ph D programmes in Biotechnology, Regulatory & Policy aspects, Energy & Environment and Natural Resources. Masters programmes are offered in Public Policy & Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Practice, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Resource and Environmental Economics, Climate change science and policy, Renewable energy technologies and management, Water Resources Management, Geoinformatics, Plant Biotechnology, Business Sustainability and in Infrastructure Management.The university transcends the traditional teaching and its courses attract students from various fields like economics, geography, engineering that has allowed a concoction of various perspectives into the curriculum, which provides a holistic approach to their study.

The foundation of TERI University came about as an extension to the research, consultancy and environment-related activities that were carried out by TERI, its parent body, which happens to be a prominent nonprofit organisation devoted to environmental causes.


The TERI University is situated at Plot No. 10, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi in a modern green building. The campus was inaugurated by The President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil on 11 September 2008. While inaugurating the green campus, the honorable president observed that the campus was "an exemplary example of combining traditional values of conservation and preservation of energy while building a state of the art campus."[10] The University puts its theory to practice by building an energy efficient campus showcasing the concept of modern green buildings. Besides an innovative, energy saving architectural design, the building is equipped with a number of other cutting edge technologies that help reduce the energy consumption by 60% and potable water use by 25%.[11]The campus is equipped with three types of cooling systems: the Earth Air Tunnel (EAT), Variable Refrigerant Volume System (VRV) and Thermal Mass Storage (TMS).The EAT used in the hostel block uses the heat sink property of the earth to maintain comfortable temperatures inside the building, saving up to 50% energy as compared to the conventional system.

Before moving into the Vasant Kunj campus, the university was housed in Darbari Seth block of India Habitat Centre from 1998 to 2008.


Rajendra K. Pachauri,Director General TERI and Chairman IPCC is the chancellor and Prof Bhavik Bakshi is the vice chancellor of the university.

University partnerships

TERI University signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with several institutions with the aim of facilitating a mutually-beneficial exchange of students, faculty, knowledge, resources, and ideas. In February 2002, TERI University entered into a memorandum of understanding with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of the Yale University.[15] In February 2003, TERI University signed MoU with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA. In April 2005, the University entered into a MoU with the University of Nottingham, UK. In September 2007, TERI University signed MoU with Michigan State University, USA.[16] In November 2007, TERI University signed MoU with University of New South Wales, Australia.[17] In 2007 itself TERI University signed an agreement of cooperation with Freie University Berlin, Germany.[18] In February 2008, TERI University signed MoUs with University of Iceland, Iceland and North Carolina State University, USA.

E learning initiatives

TERI University is a part of Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research ProSPER.Net initiative of UNU - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). It is essentially a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate Sustainable Development (SD) into postgraduate courses and curricula. As a part of this initiative, a postgraduate programme on public policy and sustainable development has been started in TERI University.

TERI University has been selected by the John D. MacArthur and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, globally headquartered in Chicago, as one of 10 universities worldwide to receive significant support in the amount of $ 900,000 to create a new master’s degree program in Development Practice.MacArthur Foundation has awarded $7.6 million to seed the creation of Master’s Development Practice (MDP) programs that will provide rigorous post-graduate training for a new generation of development experts.

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