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TERI School of Advanced Studies
Former names
TERI University
TypeEducation and Research Institution
Vice-ChancellorDr. Leena Srivastava
Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Rajiv Seth
New Delhi
Campus2 acres

The TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) was set up as a trust by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) – a not-for-profit, independent research institute recognized globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development in 1998. In 1999, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was granted the ‘Deemed to be University’[1] status by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and notified vide the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India, notification no. F.9/19/95-U-3, dated October 5, 1999. In October 2006, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was re-named TERI University,[2] with the approval of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and was known as such till November 2017.[3]

The objective of the TERI SAS is to build capacity around various themes of sustainable development adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and incorporating the most contemporary, research-based evidence into the curriculum. Since its inception, the TERI SAS has offered not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspective in their subject areas. Beyond the academic programmes, TERI SAS is actively reaching out to school and college students as also to mid-career professionals to sensitize them towards the environment and sustainable development in a systemic, solutions-oriented manner.

The School started functioning from its green campus, located in Vasant Kunj, in 2008 and today offers thirteen Masters programmes and has nearly 200 PhD students enrolled. It has started work on developing two new campuses, one at Hyderabad, Telangana in the southern India and the other at Guwahati, Assam in the north-eastern India[4] and hopes to start offering academic programmes from these campuses by 2019.


The TERI School of Advanced Studies is situated at Plot No. 10, Institutional Area, in a modern green building. The campus was inaugurated by the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil,[5] on 11 September 2008. While inaugurating the green campus, the president observed that it was "an exemplary example of combining traditional values of conservation and preservation of energy while building a state of the art campus."[6] The university puts its theory to practice by building an energy efficient campus showcasing the concept of modern green buildings. Besides an innovative, energy saving architectural design, the building is equipped with a number of other technologies that help reduce the energy consumption by 60% and potable water use by 25%.[7] The campus is equipped with three types of cooling systems: the Earth Air Tunnel (EAT), Variable Refrigerant Volume System (VRV) and Thermal Mass Storage (TMS). The EAT used in the hostel block uses the heat sink property of the earth to maintain comfortable temperatures inside the building, saving up to 50% energy as compared to the conventional system.[8]

Before moving into the Vasant Kunj campus, the university was housed in the Darbari Seth block of India Habitat Centre from 1998 to 2008.

Centers and departments[edit]

The deemed school offers a wide range of master's and doctoral courses. Master's courses include MA, MSc, MBA, LLM and MTech.

Programmes and Research are conducted in the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Energy and Environment, Department of Biotechnology, Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies, Department of Policy Studies, Department of Business and Sustainability and Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies.

List of programmes[edit]

Ph.D. (Bioresources and Biotechnology)

Ph.D. (Energy and Environment)

Ph.D. (Natural Resources Management)

Ph.D. (Policy Studies)

Ph.D. (Water Science and Governance)

Ph.D. (Business Sustainability)

Ph.D. (Legal Studies relevant to Environment, Natural Resources, Infrastructure, Business Law)

M.A. (Public Policy and Sustainable Development)

M.A. (Sustainable Development Practice)

M.B.A. (Infrastructure)

M.B.A. (Business Sustainability)

M.Sc. (Economics)

M.Sc. (Geoinformatics)

M.Sc. (Plant Biotechnology)

M.Sc. (Climate Science and Policy)

M.Sc. (Environmental Studies and Resource Management)

M.Sc. (Water Science and Governance)

M.Tech (Renewable Energy Engineering and Management)

M.Tech (Urban Development and Management)

M.Tech (Water Resources Engineering and Management)

LLM (Environment and Natural Resources Law)

LLM (Infrastructure and Business Law)

PG Diploma (Water Science and Governance)

PG Diploma (Renewable Energy) – in distance mode

Advanced PG Diploma (Renewable Energy) – in distance mode


Dr Leena Srivastava is Vice Chancellor,[9] Dr Rajiv Seth is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies[10]


The BLISS (Building Learning in Sustainability Science) School[11] on Sustainability is a series of five-day events organized by TERI School of Advanced Studies to train and prepare the stakeholders for forthcoming sustainable development challenges, and to instill in them sensitivity towards people and the planet. The aim is to generate awareness and create a campaign to champion the cause of sustainability and sustainable development in both the local and the global context. The programme is held at TERI School of Advanced Studies, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Resource persons include faculty members and research professionals with an expertise in teaching and research in different areas of sustainability, energy, and policy. The programme is open to individuals from all walks of life. Policymakers and students who are curious to learn about sustainable consumption and production and the efficient use of resources for sustainable development are encouraged to apply.

Retopia is the annual cultural and technological festival of Department of Energy and Environment at TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. Retopia refers to an ideal state or situation, evolving from the English word 'utopia'. The objective of the festival is to bring together government, academics, industry and other practitioners on a common platform to discuss clean energy prospects on environmental, technical and commercial lines.

On November 15, 2018 The TERI School of Advance Studies organized the 11th convocation at its university campus to conferred academic decrees to its more than 300 students who have successfully completed their courses in academic session of 2018.[12]

TERI School of Advanced Studies partnerships[edit]

TERI School of Advanced Studies signed a memoranda of understanding (MoU) with several institutions with the aim of facilitating a mutually beneficial exchange of students, faculty, knowledge, resources, and ideas.[13] In February 2002, TERI School of Advanced Studies entered into a memorandum of understanding with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University.[14] In February 2003, TERI School of Advanced Studies signed a MoU with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA. In April 2005, the University entered into a MoU with the University of Nottingham, UK. In September 2007, TERI School of Advanced Studies signed a MoU with Michigan State University, USA.[15] In November 2007, TERI School of Advanced Studies signed a MoU with University of New South Wales, Australia.[16] In 2007 itself TERI School of Advanced Studies signed an agreement of cooperation with Freie University Berlin, Germany.[17] In February 2008, TERI School of Advanced Studies signed MoUs with University of Iceland, Iceland and North Carolina State University, USA.

The UNESCO Chair on Climate Science and Policy has been established in TERI School of Advanced Studies. Under this chair, the M.Sc in climate science and policy has been initiated with support from UNESCO.[18]

E-learning initiatives[edit]

TERI School of Advanced Studies is a part of the Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research[19] initiative of the UNU - Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)[20] This is essentially a network of several leading higher education institutions in Asia and the Pacific that have committed to work together to integrate sustainable development into postgraduate courses and curricula. As a part of this initiative, a postgraduate programme on public policy and sustainable development has been started in TERI School of Advanced Studies.[21]

TERI School of Advanced Studies has been selected by the John D. MacArthur and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, globally headquartered in Chicago, as one of 10 universities worldwide to receive significant support in the amount of $900,000 to create a new master's degree program in Development Practice.MacArthur Foundation has awarded $7.6 million to seed the creation of Master’s Development Practice (MDP) programs that will provide rigorous post-graduate training for a new generation of development experts.[22][23][24]

TERI School of Advanced Studies newsletter[edit]

The TERI School of Advanced Studies has a newsletter called Offprint.[25] The department of business sustainability has a newsletter named Connect, which has the theme of sustainability and infrastructure issues in India.[26]


In 2012, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was given the India Today Award for the Most Innovative Curriculum, for "incorporating elements in education that are the need of the hour by understanding and adapting to change."[27]

In 2013, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was awarded as the "Greenest University and Research Institution" by RTCC at COP 19 at Warsaw.

See also[edit]


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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  10. ^ suraj. "TU - Administrative Staff - TERI School of Advanced Studies". www.teriuniversity.ac.in.
  11. ^ "TERI University joins hands with UNEP to organise BLISS School 2016". The Hans India.
  12. ^ Deepshikha, singh. "TERI School of Advance Studies Organizes it 11th Convocation" (Online). ABC Live India. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  15. ^ "The foreign connection". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 27 December 2007.
  16. ^ "UNSW Newsroom". UNSW Newsroom.
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
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  20. ^ "Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability". www.ias.unu.edu.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 October 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  24. ^ "Press Release Distribution - Media Monitoring - Business Wire India". www.businesswireindia.com. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  25. ^ [2][dead link]
  26. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). www.teriuniversity.ac.in.
  27. ^ "India Today honours the best in education". news.in.msn.com. Retrieved 14 February 2012.

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