It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing away of Dr R K Pachauri, the Founder-Director of TERI. The TERI family stands with Dr Pachauri’s family in this hour of grief.

“TERI is what it is because of Dr Pachauri’s untiring perseverance. He played a pivotal role in growing this institution, and making it a premier global organisation in the sustainability space,” said Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, who succeeded Dr Pachauri in 2015.

“Dr Pachauri’s contribution to global sustainable development is unparalleled. His leadership of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) laid the ground for climate change conversations today,” added Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI.

It was during his leadership that the IPCC won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Al Gore, former Vice President, USA. In India, Dr Pachauri was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008, the third and second highest civilian awards of the Republic of India, respectively.

Apart from his achievements in environment and building an institution, Dr Pachauri was a keen cricketer whose fast bowling helped TERI make a mark in corporate cricket.

In this solemn moment, friends and colleagues of Dr Pachauri are invited to share their remembrances, including photos, at

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