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  • TERI University goes ‘beyond’ books with its new ‘green’ campus to enhance environment education - Hon’ ble President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil inaugurates the energy efficient campus

    11 September 2008

    Inaugurating TERI University's new campus here today, the Hon’ble President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil praised it as “an exemplary example of combining traditional values of conservation and preservation of energy while building a state of the art campus.”

    Addressing the gathering and the students of TERI University, she added, “Education is quintessential for creating awareness on environment and TERI University has led the path by imparting formal system of knowledge to the young generation who will be the leaders of tomorrow. I see a huge potential in our young generation and India is blessed with 53% of population under the age of 25 years. It is they, who are going to apply their innovative minds and bring about a change to restrict the harmful impact of climate change. I am sure that the aspirations of TERI University that promotes higher education in environment, energy and sustainable development will be met with the dedication of the faculty and students.”

    Present at the occasion were Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Power, Dr R K Pachauri, Chancellor TERI University and Director General, TERI, and Dr P P Bhojvaid, Dean (Academic) TERI University.

    Established in 1998 and recognised as a deemed university by UGC in 1999, TERI University is the first of its kind to dedicate itself to the study of environment, energy and natural sciences for sustainable development. The courses attract students from diverse backgrounds like fresh graduates, government officials and corporate executives.

    This unique university puts its theory to practice by building an energy efficient or ‘green’ campus that saves 60% energy and reduces the potable water use by 25%. It is the first building to use thermal mass storage and an earth air tunnel to meet part of the air-conditioning requirements along with an efficient artificial lighting system for minimising energy consumption without compromising the visual comfort in the building. The four-storey university is spread over two acres in Vasant Kunj with six labs housing cutting- edge technology, ten classrooms and six lecture halls. It has a campus hostel for 50 students. Currently, there are 270 students including 60 PhD students and 46 faculty regular members.

    Speaking about the relevance of the university, Dr R K Pachauri, Chancellor TERI University, said "I visualise TERI University to become an institution of global eminence and really imbue its graduates with vision that focuses on the problems that the human race faces particularly with respect to the threat to the planet from our own activities and I believe that this institution will make a difference in India's development."

    Congratulating TERI for building the first energy efficient building in Delhi, Mr Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Power said, “TERI has played a prominent role in creating awareness among people on the need for protecting environment and created technologies to attain energy efficiency and this new campus stands as an outstanding example.” He also added that the Government of India has translated the rhetoric of energy efficiency into reality by setting up mandatory standards of four major energy intensive products that includes air conditioners, refrigerators and tube lights that will be implemented from October 30 2008.

    TERI university transcends the traditional teaching as it takes advantage of TERI’s work to teach the students, where researches become case studies for an in depth understanding of the subject. TERI provides the practical edge to the classroom and in turn, the university churns out new ideas and methods of conducting researches. It has partnered with several leading universities of USA, Australia and U.K like Yale that has created a platform for an exchange of ideas, knowledge and research for both the faculty and students.

    With its philosophy going ‘beyond the books’, students undergo summer training and internships with government, multilateral and multinational agencies during as a part of academic curriculum. The university has a placement cell, as employment is considered as an integral part of the system. The cell taps government agencies like FAO, Dept. of Environment (Govt. of NCT, Delhi), multinational companies like ACC, Tata Power, Reliance Energy Ltd. and multilateral organisations like WWF, Action Aid International etc. for internships and employment programmes.