Celebrating 50 Years of TERI

A dynamic and flexible not-for-profit organization, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has been at the centre stage of cultivating a global vision with a steadfast focus on local impact.



TERI’s Solutions for Sustainable Development

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Through the Bioscope of Time:
50 Years of Shaping Tomorrow

Leading India's development journey for the past five decades by providing transformational solutions through policy research, technological innovation, and advocacy, TERI has been at the centre stage of understanding the ecological impact of climate change to drive sustainable development.
From a small one-room office- instituted under the guidance of visionaries such as Mr JRD Tata and Mr Darbari Seth- to a premier think tank with over 700 professionals, TERI has been a resounding voice in India and the Global South on the need for raising ambition and pushing frontiers for meaningful climate action.
Championing excellence in scientific and policy research and pushing for stronger cooperation between government and businesses, we eagerly anticipate the next 50 years of our mission, ever aligned with our founding values.

Areas of Expertise

A multi-dimensional organization, TERI functions across domains of policy, technology development, consultancy, and implementation. Working tirelessly to find solutions for the ailing planet, TERI’s myriad areas of expertise range from engagement in clean energy transitions, advanced biofuels, climate change, sustainable use of land and water, sustainable agriculture, transport, and buildings.

TERI Wall of History


TERI established in Mumbai as a Documentation and Information Centre with Mr J R D Tata as Chairman


Mr Darbari Seth elected as the Vice-Chairman of TERI Governing Council


Dr R K Pachauri assumes responsibility as the Director of TERI


TERI organizes the International Conference on Global Warming and Climate Change: perspectives from developing countries, first-of-its-kind to be organized in a developing country


Centre for Mycorrhizal Culture Collection established with seed support from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India


TERI’s North-Eastern Regional Centre established at Guwahati, Assam


The Annual Foundation Day Lecture series launched


TERI’s Western Regional Centre established at Panaji, Goa


Tissue Culture Pilot Park upgraded to Micropropagation Technology Park at TERI Gram, Gwal Pahari


Second phase of the GREEN India 2047 project launched


TERI completes 25 years of its formal existence


Mr Arcot Ramachandran, former Under Secretary General, United Nations elected as the Chairman of TERI Governing Council


Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurates RETREAT Resource Efficient TERI Retreat for Environmental Awareness and Training


Dr R K Pachauri conferred the Padma Bhushan by President Dr K R Narayanan


Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, inaugurates first annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)


His Royal Highness Prince Charles visits TERI Gram


TERI’s Himalayan Centre established near Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand


TERI launches Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) technology for increment oil recovery from stripper oil wells


TERI launches prevention of paraffin deposition in oil well tubings technology


Dr R K Pachauri awarded ‘Officier De La Légion D’Honneur’ by the Government of France


IPCC, with Dr Pachauri as its Chairman shares the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 with Mr Al Gore, former Vice-President of the USA


Dr R K Pachauri conferred the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to science and engineering


President Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil inaugurates TERI University campus


Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, inaugurates 8th edition of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)


Kumaon Vani, the first licensed community radio station in Uttarakhand, inaugurated


Mr Azim Premji inaugurates the Super Computing Facility at TERI Headquarters


TERI partners with the Kuwait Oil Company to execute the mega-scale project on the bioremediation of oil spill sites


TERI organizes 7th International Conference on Mycorrhiza


Prof. B V Sreekantan appointed as Chairman of TERI Governing Council


Dr Ajay Mathur assumes responsibility as the Director General of TERI


Mr Ashok Chawla appointed as the Chairman of TERI Governing Council


TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Centre inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Malcolm Turnbul


Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates 17th edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS)


Mr Nitin Desai appointed as the Chairman of TERI Governing Council


Dr Vibha Dhawan assumes responsibility as the Director General of TERI


TERI and Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW) sign MoA for setting up the National Centre of Excellence in Green Ports and Shipping (NCoEGPS) at TERI Gram, Gwal Pahari with Deendayal Port Authority Kandla, Paradip Port Authority Paradip, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust Thoothukudi, Cochin Shipyard Limited, Kochi



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