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History of TERI University

Milestones achieved by the TERI University

TERI University was established
Recognized as Deemed-to-be-University by the University Grants Commission vide notification no. F.9-19/95-U-3 dated 5 October 1999 of the Government of India
First batch of Ph.D. students admitted
Commenced first master's programmes—M.Sc. (Environmental Studies) and M.Sc. (Natural Resources Management). First batch of 19 Master’s students admitted.
Launched M.Sc .(Water Resources Management)
NTPC Chair established

Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India nominates 21 mid-career civil servants to attend the newly launched M.A (Public Policy and Sustainable Development) programme.

M.B.A. (Infrastructure) becomes the first Business Administration programme to be launched by the TERI University.

First Convocation held on 16 October 2006. A total of eight doctoral and 36 Master’s degrees awarded. Mr Nandan Nilekani, CEO, Infosys was the chief guest and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree.

Academic exchange programme with Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) launched with support from the V K Rasmussen Foundation.

NHPC extends support to the M.B.A. (Infrastructure) programme.

New ‘green’ campus inaugurated by The President of India at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

M.Sc. (Geoinformatics) and M.Sc. (Plant Biotechnology) launched.

Student strength goes up to 365.

Academic exchange programme with Freie University of Berlin, Germany, commences with support from DAAD

Second Convocation of the University held on 17 November 2008. Prof. Richard C Levin, President, Yale University was the chief guest. A total of seven doctoral and 67 Master's degrees awarded.

M.Sc. (Climate Science and Policy), M.Sc. (Economics), M.Tech (Renewable Energy Engineering and Management) and M.B.A. (Business Sustainability) programmes launched. Suzlon Wind Energy extends support for the M.Tech programme

‘Aahvaan’—the first inter-college festival of TERI University held at the new campus.

The following four scholarships set up for students in various programmes at the TERI University

  1. Sindicatum Climate Change Foundation: Two scholarships for Indian students and two scholarships for foreign nationals
  2. HSBC: Two scholarships per year for doctoral studies in financial aspects of climate change.
  3. Deutsche Bank: Three scholarships for students in the MBA (Infrastructure) programme
  4. IOCL: Two scholarships every year for doctoral studies in biotechnology.

Mac Arthur Foundation supported the launch of M.A. (Sustainable Development Practice) programme. TERI University is one of the 10 institutions chosen world-wide, to run this programme.

Student strength is 93 in the Doctoral programme and 518 in the Master's programme

Approval from AICTE received for M.Tech and MBA programmes, to help students avail GATE scholarship from AICTE.

Fourth Convocation held on 1 February 2012

Distance Education Council's (DEC) visit, inspection and approval of Advanced Diploma in Renewable Energy for three years.

University website re-designed for easy access

TERI University awarded for the 'Most Innovative Curriculum' at the India Today Aspire Education Summit and Awards function.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) awarded Grade 'A' to the University

M.Tech (Urban Development Management) Programme launched

DLF Foundation Scholarship Programme for M.Tech (UDM) launched

Fifth Convocation held on 30 January 2013

BLISS - First Summer School launched. First programme held between 15 - 19 July 2013.

Civil Society Leadership Awards (scholarship) programme launched

Sixth Convocation held on 5 February 2014

Second BLISS Programme – Summer School held between 10 - 14 March 2014

Multi-track programme on Water Science and Governance launched in May 2014.

Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies launched in May 2014.

Seventh Convocation held on 4 February 2015

Third BLISS Summer School held between 16 - 20 March 2015

Summer School on Managing Risks and Challenges in Urban WASH Service held between 3 to 7 August 2015

First BLISS Winter School held between 2 to 7 November 2015

Extension of approval received from Distance Education Council (DEC) for Advanced Diploma in Renewable Energy.

Eighth convocation held on 7 March 2016

Fourth BLISS summer School held between 18-22 April 2016

Summer School on: Changing sanitation and hygiene behaviour for overall public health risk reduction: Towards a Swachh Bharat held between 17-19 August 2016

Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies launched in April 2016

LLM programme with specialization in Environment and Natural Resource Law and Infrastructure and Business Law launched in April 2016

Mini BLISS for schools launched on 23 August 2016, with support from UNEP

TERI University's roots can be traced back to 1998, when 'TERI School of Advanced Studies' was established. The School was subsequently renamed as the TERI University in October 2006. TERI University was conceived to cater to the need of disseminating the vast reservoir of knowledge created by TERI, 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.

The genesis of TERI University is rooted in the comprehensive research, consultancy and outreach activities of TERI. The relationship with TERI has propelled and influenced the evolution of the University's academic units. This relationship is enshrined in a memorandum of understanding between the University and TERI, wherein the two have agreed on collaborative research and programmes, joint studies and mutual support for seminars, symposia and conferences.

This vision was further strengthened in 1999, when the University was granted "Deemed to be University" status by the University Grants Commission and notified vide Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India, notification no. F 9/19/95-U-3 dated October 5, 1999.

Since its inception, the University offers not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspectives on their subjects of study. This includes regular interactions with researchers, scientists and academicians. The University's first convocation was held on 16 October 2006, where 8 doctoral and 36 master's degrees were awarded. Mr Nandan Nilekani, CEO and MD, Infosys Technologies, delivered the convocation address, stressing on sustainable development and incorporation of related concepts in higher education.

Before moving into the Vasant Kunj campus, the University was housed in Darbari Seth Block of India Habitat Centre from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, TERI University started functioning from the new 'green campus', located in Vasant Kunj- a prestigious institutional area in New Delhi. However, it continues to share the rich and diverse resources of TERI in terms of knowledge and expertise. The new campus has been planned to provide a setting that enhances learning, while simultaneously showcasing the concept of modern green buildings.

Giving an importance to international perspectives in its programmes, TERI University has entered into memorandums of understanding with several international universities aimed at facilitating mutually beneficial exchange of students, faculty, knowledge, resources and ideas.

In 2007, the University launched an academic exchange programme with Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) with support from the V K Rasmussen Foundation. Subsequently, in 2008, the University launched another academic exchange programme with Freie University of Berlin, Germany, with support from DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service).

In 2009, four scholarship programmes were set up for students in various programmes at the TERI University, funded by Sindicatum Climate Change Foundation, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and IOCL (IndianOil Corporation Ltd.), benefiting 16 students till now.

From launching the first doctoral programme in 2001 with 13 students and master's programmes in 2003 with 19 students, to 173 doctoral students and 573 master's students on the rolls in the 2015 academic year, the University has come to stand for excellence and quality within a remarkably short span of time. Over this period of time, the University has grown to offer a wide range of academic programmes related to sustainable development.

The Vision behind TERI University


Vision behind TERI UniversityTERI University was conceived to cater to the need of disseminating the vast reservoir of knowledge created by TERI, 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. Since its inception, the University offers not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspectives on their subjects of study. This includes regular interactions with researchers, scientists and academicians. In this video, Dr R K Pachauri talks about the vision and the uniqueness of this academic institution. Watch Video

 
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