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  • TERI is now "The Energy and Resources Institute"

    28 March 2003

    TERI will now be known as The Energy and Resources Institute.

    Announcing this at a distinguished gathering yesterday, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General TERI announcing the change of name said the institute was grateful to the generosity of the late Darbari Seth and the TATA's for the seed capital provided for starting the institute. But ever since, TERI had grown beyond even the dreams of its founders with multifarious activities. "As a result we have had to generate our resources through our own efforts and this has been the philosophy of the institute right from the beginning even when we did have adequate income from the corpus of the institute. The change in our name marks a new phase in the life of this Institute, continuing with its traditions, values and work culture established since it was founded in 1974 and began its own research activities at the end of 1982. The institution's mission and commitment to achieving excellence remain unchanged. In fact, we aspire to reach greater heights", he said.

    TERI's new name more accurately represents the organization - an independent, autonomous institute engaged in research, training, information dissemination, and other activities focused on all forms of natural and human resources, with of course, a special interest in sustainable energy and the environment.

    Present at the launch of the new name were numerous eminent personalities like Mr Suresh Prabhu, Chairman, Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers, Mr Jairam Ramesh, Secretary, AICC, Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI, Dr Tarun Das, Director General, CII, Dr R Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and Dr Sanjaya Baru, Editor-in-chief, The Financial Express. Also present were numerous senior bureaucrats and industry captains.

    Mr Suresh Prabhu, Chairman, Task force on Interlinking of Rivers, said that there was a need to bring about economic development without damaging the ecology and keeping in mind the growing population. "Solutions are required that are acceptable to the civil society, government and the policy makers by independent institutions and TERI has the capability to come up with scientific solutions," he said.

    Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI, said: "TERI's efforts need to be applauded for showing the way in making the fundamental shift to making environment science and economics as a central part of the market economy today."

    Appreciating TERI's approach of communicating its research to a wider audience, Dr Sanjaya Baru, Editor, Financial Express said this was an unique feature not seen in many research institutes. "TERI did not have an ivory tower approach," he said.

    Dr Tarun Das, Director General, CII said: "In India to build an institution and sustain it is an enormous challenge and TERI has done this successfully"

    TERI has also made its contribution to the field of education by establishing the TERI School of Advanced Studies, which has functioned as a deemed university for over three years now.

    TERI retains its bright logo that starts with a lower case ", signifying its humility and practical nature as an organization. The shadow from the acronym TERI remains large with the bright shades of orange and red signifying its desire to spread our work worldwide to light up the lives of many, and work towards solutions for the widespread problem of global poverty.