TERI-ITEC Course 2011-12: Course I - Integrated approach towards sustainable development



TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)/ Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP), government of India, for this programme. Under the programme, seven courses are being offered for the year 2011-12. These are: climate change, decentralized energy solutions, sustainable development, energy-efficient technologies, solar energy, biotechnology, and renewable energy and trade and sustainable development.

Each individual course is a three-week long residential programme conducted in India, attended by participants from other developing countries. The courses are designed to meet the needs of senior and mid-level government and non-government officials from ITEC/SCAAP countries.

Advantages of attending the course

- Increased understanding of various dimensions of each course;
- Development of practical knowledge through demonstrations and field visits; and
- Wider exposure to India as the course lectures are complemented by study tours.

Course eligibility

Bachelor's degree in any discipline
Number of participants – 30

Course details

The concept of sustainable development (SD) got a kick start from the Brundtland Commission. It gathered further momentum at the Rio Summit in 1992, through 'Agenda 21'. SD interweaves the environment, economy, and society, and, as a process, aims to save crucial natural resources from being exhausted. The strictest definition of sustainability would allow no 'substitution', and would leave us with a situation where we leave the natural resources intact for our future generations. Thus, teaching a course on 'integrated approach towards SD' is a challenge. It calls for covering a wide spectrum of topics, and integrating them to help in understanding and developing objective policies that maximize human welfare. The learning curve for developing an understanding of SD is almost an unending process, which clearly cannot be defined by straight-jacketed goals. We can, however, move forward by adopting an approach to create change. The necessity for change can be diagnosed by tracing trends and going through a learning process regarding the system under study and its environment.

The course aspires to offer knowledge skills to incorporate sustainability issues involved in policy/managerial decisions, by utilizing systematic approaches. It covers environmental systems, natural resources and management principles, business and sustainability, economic reasoning, and sustainable development practices.


The cost of the course, travel, and stay of the selected participant will be borne by ITEC (Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India).

Application procedure

Fill up the ITEC/SCAAP application form and submit it to respective nodal government department/agency designated to nominate candidates. The nodal department/agency will, in turn, forward the applications to the Embassy/High Commission of India.

The selected participants would be informed by the Indian Embassies of the respective ITEC/SCAAP countries.

ITEC Website


Hostel accommodation for the participants would be arranged at the TERI Retreat or at TERI University.

The TERI University campus is an architectural delight, planned to provide a setting that enhances learning, while simultaneously showcasing the concept of modern green buildings. The University has a state-of-the-art laboratory, a library, and a well-equipped IT resource centre.

For further information, please contact

ITEC Coordinator Course Coordinator
Ms Swati Ganeshan
Research Associate
Resources, Regulation, and Global Security Division
The Energy and Resources Institute
Darbari Seth Block, IHC, Lodhi Road
New Delhi, India
Tel. +91-11-2468 2100, 4150 4900
Fax +91-11-2468 2144, 2468 2145
E-mail: swati.ganeshan@teri.res.in

Dr Suresh Jain/Dr. Devesh Sharma
Associate Professor/Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources, TERI University,
10, Institutional Area, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110 070
Tel. +91-11-2612 2222 (Extn 1215)
Fax +91-11-2612 2874
E-mail: sureshj@teri.res.in , devesh.sharma@teri.res.in

Date: 4-23 Jul 2011 Theme: Sustainable Development
Location: TERI University
Category: Training


Dr Suresh Jain / Dr. Devesh Sharma
Associate Professor / Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resources, TERI University
E-mail: sureshj@teri.res.in , devesh.sharma@teri.res.in