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A university for green crusaders

With a strong foundation of research and innovation, this varsity aims to build a fresh perspective on saving the environment

education Updated: Jul 24, 2012 17:23 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times

It was not just the lush and sprawling campus that drew Sudeshna Maya Sen to TERI University. The vast reservoir of knowledge, comprehensive research and outreach activities of the institute were factors that influenced Sen’s decision to pursue the MSc climate science and policy programme. “TERI University gives you an opportunity to excel by facilitating in-depth insights into world environment and climate science through a well-structured curriculum and lectures from eminent scientists and professors. The infrastructure provided to us is state-of-the-art with properly equipped laboratories. Moreover, we are provided numerous prospects to attend world-class conferences,” says Sen.

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 the Earth and its resources.

USP: The TERI University has a strong foundation of research and innovation. It runs short-term executive development programmes and regular master’s degree programmes for mid-career government officials as well. These programmes are carried out on behalf of the Government of India. “The university has also established excellent partnerships and collaborative arrangements with a number of institutions overseas, including Yale University in the US, Deakin University in Australia and Frei University in Germany. Its association with TERI as a research institute provides great opportunities for faculty to work on a diverse range of meaningful research projects and for the students to gain valuable experience working on these,” says Rajiv Seth, registrar of the university.

Programmes: Apart from doctoral research, the TERI University provides opportunities for MSc degree programmes in environmental studies and resource management, environmental and resource economics, geo-informatics, climate science and policy, and plant biotechnology. The university also offers MBA programmes in infrastructure and business sustainability and an MTech programme in renewable energy engineering and management. It offers an MA programme in public policy and sustainable development and has recently launched an MA (sustainable development practice) course.

Faculty: There are 40 full-time, core faculty and 22 researchers of TERI who are adjunct faculty. Besides these, there are about 15 visiting faculty.

IT quotient: All buildings, including the hostels, faculty block, academic block, computer centre, and the library, are connected through a fast ethernet-switched network. All classrooms are networked and equipped with high resolution LCD projection systems.

The computer and geo-informatics laboratories provide access to a variety of specialised software like ArcGIS, TRANSYS, MATLAB and STATA, which help students and the faculty carry out research projects. They also have access to a large number of online journals and digital resources through the digital library maintained and subscribed by the university.

Infrastructure: Well-equipped classrooms and laboratories enable students and faculty to access the latest information and encourage research. A girls’ hostel is also part of the campus. The university uses modern pedagogical tools, richly supplemented by field visits, live industry projects, and hands-on applications.

Clubs and societies: There are two active clubs on campus - TUMAC (TERI University Music Appreciation Club) and the Eco-Club, which regularly organise music and environment related events such as No Plastic Day and Earth Day celebrations, music performances by students as well as external artistes.

Established in 1998, it was subsequently recognised as deemed-to-be-university by the University Grants Commission

Besides focus on academics there is need of integrating more co-curricular activities into the college curriculum, says Sen

The TERI Sports Club and the TERI University Biotechnology Society are also very popular.

First Published: Jul 24, 2012 12:53 IST