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REtopia 2017: "21st Century Energy Renaissance through Renewables"

Venue : TERI University
Date : 22-23 September 2017


The department of Energy and Environment of TERI University is organizing the 7th edition of REtopia, the annual technical symposium, at the TERI University campus on 22nd and 23rd of September, 2017 around the theme "21st Century Energy Renaissance through Renewables". REtopia was started by students from M.Tech. Renewable Energy Engineering and Management (REEM) of the Department of Energy and Environment at TERI University in the year 2011 as an annual technical conclave. The goal of this event is to bring together academicians, industry leaders, and visionaries on one platform to share the best practices and explore the extended role that clean energy can play in the power industry and commercial sectors in our country. The Chief Guest of REtopia 2017 is Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, India Country Director, South Asia, World Bank.

REtopia is one of the prestigious fests of the university portraying successfully a variety of renewable energy opportunities, challenges and possible remedies, motivated by a variety of factors, to address the various components of RE integration into the energy system. It provides a platform for experts from various prospects, students and aspirants of RE, developers and researchers, industrialists, stake holders, policy makers and academicians.

Key Events in REtopia 2017
2. UDAAN - Ideas of Change
3. PARIKALPANA - Renewable Energy Design Challenge
4. YUKTI - Troubleshooting Renewable Energy Problems
5. SUCHNA - Photography Competition
6. DRISHTIKON - Poster Presentation
7. Dhwani - Group Discussion and Debate

List of Speakers in REtopia 2017
1. Dr. Junaid Ahmad, India Country Director, World Bank
2. Mr. Sunil Kumar Soonee, Advisor, Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. (POSOCO)
3. Dr. Ravi Segal, Business Leader, India, ASEAN, China,Energy Consulting, India, GE Power
4. Dr. Rajib Kumar Mishra, Director (Marketing and Business Development), PTC India Ltd.
5. Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Managing Director, CLP India Pvt. Ltd.
6. Mr. H. C. Vinayaka, General Manager (Technical & Sustainability), ITC Hotels
7. Ms. Pooja Shukla, Senior Manager (Technical), Green Business Certification Institute (GBCI) Pvt. Ltd, India
8. Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
9. Mr. Binish Desai, Founder & Chairman, Eco-Eclectic Technologies, BDream Group
10. Mr. Kapil Mandawewala, Founder & CEO, Edible Routes
11. Mr. Sandeep Pandey, Co-Founder & CEO, Mera Gao Power

Registration fee: INR 100 (One-day), INR 200 (Two-Day), fee exemption for TERI University students
Accommodation: Contact event coordinators for more details
Meals: All meals during the even duration will be covered for participants only.

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Venue : TERI University
Date : 28-29 September 2017


TERI University Biotechnology Society is organizing an event on 28th-29th September 2017. The theme of the event is "TRENDS IN NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY". The objective of TERI University Biotechnology Society (TUBS) is to highlight the important role played by biotechnology in the modern society, and its relevance to the contemporary imperative of sustainable development. Biotikos 2017 is being organized by the students and faculty Department of Plant Biotechnology, TERI University, to discuss and debate the promises and challenges of Nanobiotechnology. The proposed event is aimed at enlightening science undergraduates/post-graduate students and teachers about the upcoming areas in Nanobiotechnology and its applications in different scientific fields. Nanobiotechnology is growing as an independent discipline and it is adding a new dimension for the growth of biotechnology Perhaps, nanobiotechnology is most revolutionary and multidisciplinary field of modern science and has great impact on society through various applications in medical, imaging and sensor development. Nanobiotechnology, with the help of medical and biotechnological tools, has been used to diagnose, image and deliver the drug to target cells. In multifunctional therapeutics, it offers a platform to expedite its specific targeting to tumor tissue and delivery of an effective treatment, with negligible harm to healthy cells. Nano-integrated sensors are being developed to identify the harmful microbes like Salmonella, and other contaminants on food products before packaging and intake. Nano scale bio molecules such as protein, nucleic acid and biopolymers regulate and control biological systems with incredible precision. This event includes a series of lectures, panel discussion, quiz and poster presentation across various domains of Nanobiotechnology such as nanomaterial, nanobioscience, nanomedicine, agriculture, environmental nanobiotechnology, nanobiosensors, etc.

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Tenth Convocation Ceremony

Venue : TERI University
Date : 10 November 2017


The tenth convocation of the TERI University will be held on 10 November 2017 commencing at 5:00 pm. All students who have successfully completed degree programmes on or after 04 November 2017 would be eligible to be part of the convocation procedure.

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Economics Seminar Series-Seminar: "Three Decades of Multilateralism: Rise of Domestic Regulation as a Major Determinant of International Trade"

Venue : L-103, TERI University
Start Date : 17 August 2017
End Date : 17 August 2017


For the purposes of achieving effective market access, this note traces the urgent need for the negotiators to shift their focus away from 'border'measures like the tariffs to 'behind-the-border'measures like the domestic regulations. The efforts by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) who seeks to increase the developing and LDCs participation in the international standards setting bodies, to enhance trade in food and feed (FAO & WTO, 2017).

In this context, let us explore the realities of market access, this note will trace this issue in some detail.

The WTO began with the task of disciplining two variables, identified as prominent barriers to international trade - the tariffs and the non-tariff measures (NTMs). The initial years of the WTO negotiation were spent in disciplining and liberalising tariff. These were achieved through country specific disciplines like the ceiling binding commitments and MFN applied tariffs. These efforts accelerated the process of lowering tariff barriers considerably at the same time the efforts to discipline NTMs were found wanting.
Today there is a growing body of theoretical, empirical and policy analysis, including the WTO’s 2005 World Trade Report, which recognises the technical regulations, standards and procedures for determining conformity can have both positive and detrimental effects on competition and international trade. Further this standard becomes the basic requirement for success of exports of a country (WTO 2016). Both the developed and developing countries indicate these requirements are often leading to increased costs and therefore are of greater concern to exporters and governments when compared with other forms of non-tariff measures.

The non-price based measures like regulations and technical standards in the form of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT) are increasingly limiting market access and creating oligarchic industrial structures in the international trading regime. The domestic regulations and standards have recorded a rise and there is considerable literature to suggest this phenomenon.

Leading the pack is the European Union with series of legislations regulating the use of chemicals and other substances. The EC regulations which were notified to the WTO, like supplier declaration of conformity (S-DoC); registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH); classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) and some of other notifications of 2016 restricting 588 endocrine disruptors substances and agrochemicals like Beta-Cypermethrin and Tricyclazole (WTO, 2017). Increasingly they are being challenged by the other WTO member countries for possible violation of Article 5 of SPS agreement.

One such SPS barrier is the imposition of maximum residue limit (MRL) a mandatory SPS standard on food and feed products. These MRL standards are harmonised at the Codex alimentarius, an intergovernmental standardising body identified under the SPS Agreement.

Some of the MRL standards on active substances (agrochemicals) notified by the members can be stringent in comparison to Codex but are permitted by Article 5 of SPS agreement such measures need to be backed by either scientific justifications or risk assessment dosseir. However, the presence of non-Codex MRL standard on agrochemicals are those for which Codex does not have harmonised international standard. As there is no comparable MRL standard by the Codex so these can be questionable measures under Article 5. To the best of my understanding, this aspect of MRL standards has never been highlighted and not discussed in the literature.

As a researcher, I think there should be more clarity in the understanding of SPS-based MRL standards in its totality. This would be completely new phenomenon and would lead in supporting the cause of information asymmetry. This note attempts to highlight the importance of symmetry of information and the need for transparency in notifications. Further it suggests the need to put disciplines similar to that seen in case of tariff negotiations from 1995 onwards and similar efforts to be put in place for handling the barrier like the NTMs.

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