TERI launches nanobiotechnology networking platforms with Deakin University, Department of Biotechnology

DTD-RNA launch

TERI, Deakin University, and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Environment, Govt of India, launched two joint nanobiotechnology networking initiatives – Nanobiotech@DBT and DTD-RNA (DBT-TDNBC-Deakin – Research Network Across continents for learning and innovation), at TERI Gram, Gurugram, Haryana, on September 3, 2019.

The two initiatives aim to create nanotechnology innovation hubs and networking between research institutes, universities, and industries, apart from offering joint facilities and infrastructure for collaborative research. The DTD-RNA will cover the areas of Synthesis of nanomaterials, Food preservation using novel nanofibres, Cost effective natural biodegradable polymer based nanocomposites, Natural food colours, Mycorrhiza, Seed coating technology of microbes and nanofertilisers, and Reclamation technologies.

Launching the Nanobiotech@DBT website, Dr Suchita Ninawe, Adviser, DBT, said, "Our aim is to connect lab to industries to end users". On the occasion, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, "Networking and outreach programmes will enable the transfer of knowledge and technology for what will happen in the world."

Professor Iain Martin, President and Vice Chancellor, Deakin University, was also present for the launch. He said, "DTD-RNA was envisioned to nurture innovation in nanobiotechnology. Several labs will be created as country hubs weaving a network of research institutions across continents." Dr Alok Adholeya, Senior Director, Sustainable Agriculture, TERI, added, "The network and institutional structure will re-emphasise TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre’s (TDNBC) willingness to promote a research network in a highly specialised and next-generation science platform".

TERI Alumni Association President elected

We are pleased to announce the election of Rakesh Kacker, Former Senior Fellow, TERI, as President of the TERI Alumni Association, and Raina Singh, Former Fellow, Sustainable Habitats division, TERI, as Secretary, in the recently held Executive Committee Member Elections for 2019-2022. The elections were held successfully through online voting.

Dr Vibha Dhawan, Distinguished Fellow, and Sudheer Katoch, General Manager, Administrative Services, have been nominated as the Vice President and Treasurer from TERI, respectively. Both are also Founder Members of the association.

The final constitution of the executive committee is as follows:

Patron Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI
Chairperson Manu Arora, Director, HR (Ex-officio capacity), TERI
President Rakesh Kacker
Vice President Dr Vibha Dhawan
Treasurer Sudheer Katoch
Secretary Raina Singh
Joint Secretary Sangeeta Badhwar, Senior Manager (Coordination), TERI

Moving forward we will be planning the roadmap for future activities and fix the date for the second alumni get together.

Tender Notice

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi invites bid for Hybrid Solar Charging Unit(Weaver Identification, co funding mobilization, supply, installation & maintenance) in UP.

The detailed documents can be viewed and downloaded as below:

Tender document Corrigendum No. 1

Interested bidders shall submit their bids manually on or before 14 Aug 19, addressed to
Deputy Manager-Materials
The Energy and Resources Institute
6C, Darbari Seth Block
IHC Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110003
Landline: +91-11 24682100

Dr Ajay Mathur, DG, TERI, joins Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency

Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, has joined governments, top business executives and thought leaders from around the world in the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency. The Prime Minister of Ireland, His Excellency Leo Varadkar, is the Honorary Chair of the commission.

The Global Commission for Urgent Action on Energy Efficiency is an independent, high-level global commission set up to examine how progress on energy efficiency can be rapidly accelerated through new and stronger policy action. The focus of the commission's panel will be on key policy actions that can be taken by countries across the globe. The members of the commission include present and previous energy and environment ministers from various countries. The commission will produce a concise list of clear, actionable recommendations in 2020.

Dr Mathur is member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change and was the Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in the Government of India from 2006 till February 2016. During this time, the BEE brought energy efficiency into homes, offices, and factories through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), and the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) programme for energy-intensive industries. Dr Mathur has also been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change and co-chair of the Energy Transitions Commission which will suggest ways for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.

Find out more about the commission and its members here.

TERI and IEA deepen partnership with MoU

MoU signing

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 18th July, 2018 at the TERI headquarters in New Delhi.

The MoU has been signed with the intent of deepening the cooperation among the two organisations in support of global clean energy transitions. Under this agreement, TERI and IEA would work together in the areas of energy efficiency, affordable energy access for all, increased renewable penetration and integration in electricity, sharing India's experiences in R&D in these sectors, and in energy policy priorities with other countries. It also aims for the two organisations to work together to enable energy transition in industries, especially in hard to abate sectors such as cement, iron and steel etc., reduce emission from transport, and explore the role for emerging technologies and alternative fuels such as hydrogen.

On the occasion, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, reiterated the valuable partner that IEA is to the institute.

"We look forward to learning from global experience and documenting what we do so that it is viable and doable for others too," he said, adding that he hopes the partnership would create deliverables that are of use to people around the world.

Expressing his happiness at the partnership, Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director, IEA, spoke of TERI's "impeccable" reputation internationally due to its comprehensive work and objective analysis.

He added that India, which became an institutional member of the IEA in 2017, is at the centre-stage of the energy scenario in the world.

"I don't know of any other country that set up a 175 GW target (for renewable energy). It would have been considered impossible but now there is already talk of revising this target to a higher number," he added.

Media training on Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030


The world is losing nearly 13 million hectares of forest every year, while persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of over 3.6 billion hectares. In India, TERI's analysis suggests an economic loss of 2.5% of GDP due to land degradation.

This important subject will be widely discussed in the coming months as India will be hosting the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) from 2 to 13 September 2019. This Conference is expected to have participation from over 196 countries drawn from national and regional governments, science and research communities, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. It is being led by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

Some of the new and relevant issues that are on the radar of the governments include the interaction between climate and land, optimizing the mix of food, energy and environment demands on land, the rural-urban link, the negative feedback of land degradation on poverty and human health, the tremendous opportunity sustainable value chains may provide, the role of the faith communities and the rapidly growing global movement on land restoration both of which are essential to achieving land degradation neutrality, which is a pivotal Agenda 2030 target.

Media training

In this context, TERI and UNCCD are co-hosting special media training on ‘Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030' on August 1-2, 2019 in New Delhi. The training will equip young journalists with essential background and knowledge about the Conference and the issues mentioned above. It will provide the journalists an opportunity to interact with some of the best subject experts and develop their perspective on the central theme of the conference.

Post-training, the journalists will be expected to publish stories in their respective publications on related issues, and particularly on the Conference's outcomes.


Applicants should preferably be 25-35 years of age. They would need to make the following submissions for the selection committee's consideration:

  • Two by-lined articles (print, online, radio, TV), at least one of which is related to environment, land, drought, desertification, water or climate change. Articles written in a language other than English should be accompanied by a short summary in English.
  • A letter from the supervising editor stating their consent to publish the articles produced as an outcome of this training.


Travel and accommodation will be fully sponsored for all participants of the training.

How to Apply:

Interested journalists may send their submissions to Sumit Bansal at latest by July 15th.

Mr. Nitin Desai appointed Chairman, TERI Governing Council and Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies

TERI announces the appointment of Mr Nitin D. Desai as the Chairman of TERI's Governing Council and of Mr Shailesh Nayak as the Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies, with immediate effect. This follows the resignation of Mr Ashok Chawla from the chairmanship of TERI's Governing Council and the Chancellorship of the TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Mr Nitin Desai is a distinguished economist, and a well-known voice in public policy fora nationally and internationally, especially in the sustainable development sector. He was in the Planning Commission (1973-88) and later served as the Chief Economic Adviser and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance (1988-90). He also served as Senior Economic Adviser for the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) where he introduced the concept of sustainable development. He was the Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs in the UN, where his major contributions included the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002). He oversaw the creation of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the UN, and was the first Under Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development.

Dr Shailesh Nayak is currently a Member of the Governing Council of TERI and the Director of National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru. He was Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences during 2008-2015 and Distinguished Scientist during 2015-2018. In his outstanding career, he has provided leadership for programmes related to climate change, weather services, polar science, ocean science and modelling, ocean survey, resources and technology. Dr. Nayak is recognised for setting up the Tsunami Warning System for the Indian Ocean and several other satellite-based products and services including sea state for coastal zone management.