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Mecca of environment education
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 16, 2014
First Published: 10:20 IST(16/4/2014)
Last Updated: 10:34 IST(16/4/2014)

For those keen to link academics with environment, pursuing a degree at TERI University is a good idea. Aspirants get an opportunity to gain in-depth insights into world environment and climate science through a well-structured curriculum and lectures from eminent scientists and professors.

Backed by highly-experienced research teams and eminent scientists who work in TERI, the university hopes to help students develop a sense of awareness for contemporary environmental issues along with a fresh perspective on earth and its resources.

The university has started its admission process for the next academic year. It offers MBA, MSc, MTech and MA programmes. The last date for issue of application forms is April 25, 2014. This year, it will be starting a new master’s programme in water science and governance. This will be a multidisciplinary, multi-track programme leading to the award of an MTech or MSc degree. The programme will focus on cross-cutting issues of water resources through courses related to the science, engineering, legal, governance, and socio-economic dimensions. The framework of the programme is in consonance with the spirit of the UN international year of water cooperation promulgated by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 2013 and the priorities defined in India’s National Water Mission.

“The university is planning to set up more campuses in cities other than New Delhi. The focus will be on environment and health as well as on building capacity in the area of sustainable energy solutions,” says Rajiv Seth, registrar, TERI University.

TERI University has always been in the news for its ecofriendly ventures. It has recently won the ‘Greenest University and Research Institution’ award by Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) and other honours. Its campus is recognised as a model ‘green’ campus, and has features which are easily replicable and scalable in other campuses.

Use of energy efficient heating and cooling systems (eg earth air tunnel, thermal mass storage and variable refrigerant volume system) on campus result in energy savings of the order of 40% as compared to a conventional building. Energy efficiency has been achieved through passive architectural design and use of modern and traditional features and technologies. Natural elements eg the sun, the sky and air, have been taken into consideration during design.

“Students are exposed to a variety of subjects, tools and methodologies in a new way of thinking that looks at the planet’s problems not just from the lens of a subject specialist, but from the perspective of one who recognises the complex linkages between man and his environment,” adds Seth.

All in a nutshell

History

Accredited with an ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC), the university has received accolades for incorporating new and innovative elements in education. Established in 1998, it was subsequently recognised as deemed-to-be-university by the University Grants Commission

Facilities

The university provides the very best in equipment and instruments, which includes state-of-the art computer hardware and software, well-equipped laboratories, video-conferencing facilities, and access to south Asia’s most comprehensive library on energy and environment

Programmes

Apart from doctoral research, the TERI University runs master’s programmes in environmental studies and resource management; environmental and resource economics; geoinformatics; climate science and policy; renewable energy engineering and management; urban development and management; public policy and sustainable development; sustainable development practice; and plant biotechnology. The university also offers MBA programmes in infrastructure, and business sustainability. It also offers a PG diploma programme in renewable energy, which is offered in the distance learning mode

Placements

The placement cell acts as the focal point for prospective employers. To facilitate interaction between them and the students, the placement cell organises preplacement talks


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