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Mecca of environment education
Hindustan Times (HT Education), 16 April 2014
For those keen to link academics with environment, pursuing a degree at TERI University is a good idea. Aspirants get an opportunity to gain in-depth insights into world environment and climate science through a well-structured curriculum and lectures from eminent scientists and professors. Backed by highly-experienced research teams and eminent scientists who work in TERI, the university hopes to help students develop a sense of awareness for contemporary environmental issues along with a fresh perspective on earth and its resources. The university has started its admission process for the next academic year. It offers MBA, MSc, MTech and MA programmes. The last date for issue of application forms is April 25, 2014. This year, it will be starting a new master’s programme in water science and governance. This will be a multidisciplinary, multi-track programme leading to the award of an MTech or MSc degree. The programme will focus on cross-cutting issues of water resources through courses related to the science, engineering, legal, governance, and socio-economic dimensions. The framework of the programme is in consonance with the spirit of the UN international year of water cooperation promulgated by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 2013 and the priorities defined in India’s National Water Mission. “The university is planning to set up more campuses in cities other than New Delhi. The focus will be on environment and health as well as on building capacity in the area of sustainable energy solutions,” says Rajiv Seth, registrar, TERI University. TERI University has always been in the news for its ecofriendly ventures. It has recently won the ‘Greenest University and Research Institution’ award by Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) and other honours. Its campus is recognised as a model ‘green’ campus, and has features which are easily replicable and scalable in other campuses. Use of energy efficient heating and cooling systems (eg earth air tunnel, thermal mass storage and variable refrigerant volume system) on campus result in energy savings of the order of 40% as compared to a conventional building. Energy efficiency has been achieved through passive architectural design and use of modern and traditional features and technologies. Natural elements eg the sun, the sky and air, have been taken into consideration during design. “Students are exposed to a variety of subjects, tools and methodologies in a new way of thinking that looks at the planet’s problems not just from the lens of a subject specialist, but from the perspective of one who recognises the complex linkages between man and his environment,” adds Seth.
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TERI launches first-ever GIS tool to tap rooftop solar power
India Education Diary , 12 March 2014
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) unveiled the first-ever cloud based open-source Web-GIS Tool for estimating Rooftop Solar Power potential for Indian Solar Cities. The main objective of this initiative is to develop a high performing and flexible Web-GIS tool to estimate the rooftop solar power potential for Indian cities. The first city where the tool will be launched will be Chandigarh, followed by other cities in India. This initiative is being supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF), with strategic support from Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The tool was launched at a conference on “Accelerated Deployment of Rooftop Solar PV systems in India” held in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shivraj V. Patil, Governor of Punjab & Administrator, UT Chandigarh, said: “Solar energy is revolutionizing the world. Countries are investing in this sector because it is beneficial to the environment and also saves on energy costs.” He urged the private sector to take a leaf from solar initiatives in China, Europe and Japan and invest in solar devices, saying that manufacturing indigenous solar technologies by Indian companies could bring down the cost of solar products. He said the application of solar energy was easy and each household could now invest in solar products. There are cost-effective technologies available for mass generation and use of solar energy, he said. Patil said that land costs in cities had gone up, so there is a need to invest in rooftop solar devices. “We have taken a decision to install rooftop solar energy devices in government buildings in Chandigarh to become a model solar city,” he said. Patil added that government was already providing subsidies to the private sector to produce renewable energy. Dr. Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University & Honorary Executive Director, The Energy and Resources Institute, said: “If you look at international trends, Rooftop solar PV systems are here to stay. In Germany, about 25 per cent of energy generation comes from solar power and other countries too are investing in renewable energy.” She said that we have to face the challenges thrown up by this sector by investing in innovations while creating the right environment for policy regulatory frameworks. “We need coping strategies to deal with erratic and ineffective power systems with enabling mechanisms. It is important to bring the various stakeholders together, including local institutions, to take the process forward,” she added. Mr Chinmaya Acharya of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, said: “The Green Revolution brought food security to India, while the White Revolution made India the largest producer of milk in the world. The time has come for a solar revolution in the energy sector as there is wide recognition about the impending energy crisis in India.” He said that costs of solar products have come down over the years, and rooftop solar devices have begun to have a significant impact on our renewable energy solutions. He added that the tool will aid viable business models and policy mechanisms to implement the project.
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UNIDO–TERI sustainable energy leadership programme strengthens partnerships, supports knowledge management
UNIDO, 14 February 2014

A joint programme by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University (TERI U) is helping build awareness and knowledge on key global trends, innovative technologies, policies and inter-disciplinary solutions in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development.

The two-week Sustainable Energy Leadership Programme (SELP), that ended in New Delhi today, brought together over 20 government officials, policy makers, and experts from 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The programme, the first of its kind, allowed participants to interact with ongoing energy projects in India, discuss sustainable energy solutions from a practitioner’s perspective, and attend high-level discussions in a global context.
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India trade mission a success
Concordia Journal, 11 February 2010

Under the agreement with TERI [The Energy and Resources Institute] University, to take just one example, researchers will be working on climate change, biofuels and sustainable business, all recognized areas of strength at Concordia.

  
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