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  • Mani Shankar Aiyar inaugurates TERI Centre for Research on Energy Security

    31 May 2005

    Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Panchayati Raj, today inaugurated the Centre for Research on Energy Security at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The institute has been actively involved in creating awareness about the urgency of addressing the energy security needs of the country and the centre inaugurated today has been set up in pursuance of this endeavor. The mandate of the Centre will be to provide continuous analysis, information, and future direction to ensure energy security for India.

    The centre has been formed with the participation of diverse stakeholders - different government bodies, corporates, NGOs and experts from various fields, making it the first of its kind in India.

    The centre would provide quarterly reports focusing specifically on international developments of a geopolitical or economic nature that would have implications for the global energy market. The political and economic trends in the Gulf would be monitored in particular. Another aspect covered by the centre is international cooperation in the energy sector, particularly as it relates to South Asia. Further, in carrying out an assessment of energy security issues the quarterly reports would focus on specific developments of interest in relation to the energy needs of the poor.

    Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said, "Energy security is distinct from security of supply of oil, even though the latter is an important element in defining energy security. The country not only needs an efficient energy supply industry, diverse sources of energy ranging from oil to solar and wind, but more importantly an economic structure which uses energy efficiently. Our transport sector, the commercial complexes and residential buildings under construction would lock us into an energy intensive pattern which goes against the objectives of energy security".

    The Steering Committee that would guide the activities of the centre has been set up under the chairmanship of Dr Vijay Kelkar, former Advisor to the Finance Minister, with Dr Pachauri spearheading the division. The members would include dignitaries like
    - Mr Talmiz Ahmad, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
    - Mr Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited
    - Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Distinguished Fellow West and Central Asia Programme, Observer Research Foundation
    - Mr Sarthak Behuria, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited
    - Mr Suman Bery, Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research
    - Mr Satish Chandra, former Deputy to the National Security Adviser, National Security Council
    - Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests
    - Mr A M Gokhale, Secretary, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources
    - Mr C P Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
    - Mr Shreyans Kumar Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.
    - Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
    - Mr P C Parakh, Secretary, Ministry of Coal
    - Mr Subir Raha, Chairman and Managing Director, Oil & Natural Gas Commission
    - Dr C Rajamohan, Professor, JNU
    - Prof. Indira Rajaraman, RBI Chair Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
    - Mr R.V. Shahi, Secretary, Ministry of Power
    - Mr Rajiv Sikri, Special Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs
    - Mr R K Singh, Chairman, Railway Board
    - Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI
    - Mr R Vasudevan, Former Secretary, Ministry of Power