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TERI SAS commits itself to academic excellence and provides an environment that will encourage both personal and intellectual growth through teaching, creating and sharing knowledge.


To accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable world through the creation of knowledge and human capacity. To be a globally recognized University in the sphere of sustainability studies.


The University, in the design of its reaching-learning environment, holds dear the following values which it would expect its faculty members to preserve and strengthern
1. To instill the knowledge of, and desire for, holistic approaches to problem solving.
2. To empower the commitment to environmental protection and social justice.
3. To constructively engage in deliberative processes.
4. To provide access to the best knowledge resources on sustainability thinking.


1. To create new knowledge and contribute to the writings and discourse on sustainability issues.
2. To design and deliver academic programmes, training and research on sustainability issues relevant to all streams of life and across age groups, assimilating the latest science and evidence.


TERI School of Advanced Studies was set up as a Trust by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) - a not-for-profit, independent research institute recognized globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development in 1998. In 1999, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was granted the ‘Deemed to be University’ status by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and notified vide the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India, notification no. F.9/19/95-U-3, dated October 5, 1999.

The object of the TERI SAS is to build capacity around various themes of sustainable development adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and incorporating the most contemporary, research-based evidence into the curriculum. Since its inception, the TERI SAS has offered not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspective in their subject areas. Beyond the academic programmes, the deemed University is actively reaching out to school and college students as also to mid-career professionals to sensitize them towards the environment and sustainable development in a systemic, solutions-oriented manner.

The deemed University started functioning from its ‘green campus’, located in Vasant Kunj, in 2008 and today offers a dozen Masters programmes and has nearly 200 PhD students enrolled. It has started work on developing two new campuses at Hyderabad, Telangana in the south of India and at Guwahati in the north-eastern state of Assam and hopes to start offering academic programmes from these campuses by 2019.


The University was established with the following objectives:

  • To provide for institution and training in Energy Studies, Biosciences, Environmental Studies, Public Policy and other such branches of learning as it may deem fit.
  • To provide for research and for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.
  • To do all such other acts and things as may be necessary or desirable to further the objective of the School.

These may include, inter alia

  • Establishment of and participation in collaborative activities with other educational institutions in and outside the country.
  • To sponsor and organize teaching and training programmes, conferences and seminars on subjects of theoretical or practical relevance to the courses of study.

Strategic Document
  • Strategic Document
  • University Governance
    Board of Management

    Dr Leena Srivastava

    Dr Rajiv Seth
    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Dr Prateek Sharma
    Dr Arun Kansal

    Three eminent Academicians nominated by Chancellor
    Prof. Dipankar Gupta
    Former Professor in the Centre for the study of social systems, JNU
    Dr. Ashok Khosla
    Chairman, Development Alternatives

    Nominee of the Government of India
    Air Marshal K K Nohwar (Retd.)

    Nominee of Sponsoring Society
    Mr.Inder Walia
    Former Group Director (HR), Bharti Enterprises
    Mr.Tulsi R Tanti
    Chairman and Managing Director, Suzlon Energy Limited
    Ms.Anita Arjandas
    MD & CEO, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd.
    Mr.Ishteyaque Amjad
    Vice President(Corporate Affairs),Coca Cola India Pvt. Ltd.

    Dr. Alok Adholeya
    Honorary Advisor, Sustainable Agriculture Division, TERI(Co. Opted)


    Two teachers
    (from Prof., Asso. Prof)

    Dr. Smriti Das
    Dr. Anandita Singh

    One teacher of the rank of Asst. Prof
    Dr. Soumendu Sarkar
    Controller of Examination
    Dr. Seema Sangita

    Capt. Pradeep Kumar Padhy (Retd.)

    The Advisory Committee

    Chairman of the Committee & Nominee of the UGC
    Shri Manoj Gaur

    Vice Chancellor
    Prof Bhavik R Bakshi

    Deans of Faculties
    Dr Arabinda Mishra
    Dean, Faculty of Policy & Planning

    Dr Prateek Sharma

    Heads of Centres/ Departments
    Dr V V N Kishore
    Dr P K Joshi
    Dr Pallavolu Maheswara Reddy
    Dr Suneel Pandey
    Dr Priya Bhagowalia
    Dr Sitaraman Ramakrishnan

    Capt. Pradeep Kumar Padhy (Retd.)

    The Academic Council

    Dr Leena Srivastava - Chairperson
    Vice Chancellor

    Dr Rajiv Seth
    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Dr Prateek Sharma
    Dr Arun Kansal

    Heads of the Departments
    Dr Sapna Narula
    Department of Business and Sustainability

    Dr Suresh Jain
    Department of Energy & Environment

    Dr Sudipta Chatterjee
    Department of Natural Resources

    Dr Chaithanya Madhurantakam
    Department of Biotechnology

    Dr Nandan Nawn
    Department of Policy Studies

    Mr M V Shiju
    Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies

    Prof S Sundar

    Two Associate Professors from Departments
    Dr Naqui Anwer
    Dr Anandita Singh

    Two Assistant Professors from the department by rotation of seniority

    Dr Anu Rani Sharma

    Ms Fawzia Tarannum

    Nominees of the Vice Chancellor
    Dr Kanchan Chopra
    Dr Malathi Lakshmikumaran
    Prof T C Kandpal

    Co-opted Members
    Dr Anubha Kaushik
    Dr Vivek Suneja
    Dr Rakesh Khosa

    Capt. Pradeep Kumar Padhy (Retd.)

    The Finance Committee

    Dr Leena Srivastava - Chairman

    Dr Rajiv Seth
    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Representative of UGC
    Shri S K Ray

    Financial Advisor, Ministry of HRD

    Nominees of the Trust/Society
    Mr. Puneet Chandra, Sr. Director-Transformation, TERI

    Two nominees of Board of Management
    Prof Manipadma Datta
    Dr Smriti Das (Member BoM)

    Mr Dhanraj Singh, Finance Officer

    Capt. Pradeep Kumar Padhy (Retd.)

    The Planning and Monitoring Board

    Dr Leena Srivastava

    Internal members
    Dr Rajiv Seth
    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Dr Prateek Sharma
    Dr Arun Kansal

    Dr Sapna Narula
    Dr Sudipta Chatterjee
    Dr Suresh Jain
    Dr Nandan Nawn
    Dr Chaintanya Madhurantakam

    Outside Eminent Experts
    Dr Lakshmi Raghupathi
    Prof M N Murty

    Nominee of the UGC
    Prof Vir Singh, Dept of Physics
    IIT, Roorkee

    Capt. Pradeep Kumar Padhy (Retd.), Registrar

    The Fee Committee

    Justice A K Srivastava - Chairperson
    Secretary General, Association of Retired Judges of Supreme Court and High Court of India

    Dr Leena Srivastava

    Dr Rajiv Seth
    Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Nominees of the Government of India
    Shri S K Ray
    Financial Advisor, Ministry of HRD

    Mr Dhanraj Singh
    Finance Officer

    Capt. Pradeep Kumar Padhy (Retd.)

    About our logo

    The emblem signifies what TERI SAS stands for

    'Looking for glory through reaching new horizons'

    TERI University Logo

    Inauguration by President

    TU Inauguration by President

    Colon top An exemplary example of combining traditional values of conservation and preservation of energy while building a state of the art campus. Colon bottom

    Former President of India
    Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil

    Meet our Chancellor

    Ashok Chawla has been a distinguished civil servant with over 40 years of experience in various sectors of the economy in India as well as in...Read more

    Mr.Ashok Chawla

    Meet our Vice-Chancellor

    Dr Srivastava has over thirty years of experience in the fields of energy and environment, including climate change, policy and economics...Read more

    Dr Leena Srivastava

    Meet our Pro Vice-Chancellor

    Dr Rajiv Seth is an Aerospace Engineer by training. He has a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an M.Tech from the Indian...  Read more

    Dr Rajiv Seth

    The figure of a running student symbolises his quest for knowledge with his arm reaching out towards a rising sun. The rising sun stands for hopes, aspirations and enlightenment which would go along with new and innovative research in an institution of higher education.

    The dark blue colour signifies seriousness and tranquillity, whilst the bright orange and red stand for the enthusiasm and the fire within - qualities which students of TERI SAS will be imbibed with.

    Along with the lofty ideals which the university stands for, the use of capital letters has been avoided in the emblem to signify modesty and humility which were the hallmark of ancient Indian sages and rishis.

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