Creating green ambassadors

The university’s academic offerings lend a green tint to students’ vision, helping them become the agents of change wherever they go

education Updated: Jun 22, 2011 09:47 IST
Garima Upadhyay
Garima Upadhyay
Hindustan Times

Set in the beautiful backdrop of the Delhi Ridge area, TERI University has a campus overlooking lush green lawns, a well-built amphitheatre and rocks that lend the landscape a raw look. Besides great ambience and a breath-taking view, the university has a lot to offer in terms of academic programmes, international exposure, student outreach programmes and research opportunities.

“The students we cater to might be small in number, but the platter on offer is quite large. At this university, a student learns to look at a problem not in isolation, but from a holistic perspective. We run an MBA programme in sustainability where our students are taught community analysis and economics of production. Apart from giving out an MBA degree with traditional know-how, we send out students with a fresh perspective,” says Gp Capt Rajiv Seth (retd), registrar at the university.

USP: Besides innovative academic offerings, the university has a strong focus on excellence. The university has collaborated with a number of foreign universities, enabling students to participate in exchange programmes, summits, exposure visits, collaborative research, etc.

Faculty: The core faculty at the university comprises 58 distinguished academicians and leading professionals.

Programmes: Some of the key programmes offered by the university are: MA public policy and sustainable development, MBA (business sustainability), MBA (infrastructure), MSc economics, MSc environmental studies, MSc geoinformatics, MSc natural resources management, MSc water resources management, PhD energy and environment, PhD regulatory and policy issues and more. (For a detailed list and course content please visit their website.)

Infrastructure: A green campus, it has been planned in a way to optimise a student’s stay in the campus, not just in terms of theoretical learning, but also practical implementation of it.

The building has 10 classrooms, 3 lecture halls, an auditorium, 10 well-equipped laboratories to compliment cutting-edge research at TERI University, along with a well-stocked conference hall. The campus has some very interesting design elements namely: earth air tunnel, thermal mass and VRV system for cooling the building, solar water heating system and waste water recycling with STP.

The library supports the university’s academic and research programmes by meeting the information requirements of students, PhD scholars, researchers, faculty, scientists, and institutions in India and across the world.

The library’s services are offered electronically on users’ desktops, in an IT and wi-fi enabled campus. The university has laboratories with advanced equipment and facilities that aid and stimulate research within the students as well as the 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 are equipped with high resolution LCD projection systems.

Clubs & societies: TERI University hosts a wide range of programmes and competitions, including cultural events, workshops, seminars, book fairs, and annual festivals. Students have the opportunity to attend various events off-campus such as lectures, conferences and seminars organised by other Institutions. The university also facilitates various student exchange programmes and research partnerships with universities in USA, UK, Canada, Australia to name a few.

Apart from these, the campus is abuzz with activity throughout the year.
TUMAC (TERI University Music Appreciation Club) and the Eco-Club, organise music and environment related events regularly. Last year the university celebrated its first-ever green cultural fest ‘Aahvaan’. The campus also has a very active literary arts society called Literati.

Studentspeak: “The planet has been under a lot of stress so far. The MBA programme in sustainability helps you learn how to optimise, and strike a balance in resource-use so that future generations can survive comfortably. Only when an organisation is profitable, can it think about elements like sustainability.

The emphasis in TERI is to bring out ways in which businesses can run in tandem with nature. Besides offering the usual courses, the MBA programme offers a diverse range of electives. The programme has all the contents of a normal (MBA) programme, but we also study sustainability. The effort is to develop a visionary approach in us to survive in future, says Arun Sharma, an MBA student at the varsity.

Global reach
TERI University conducts exchange programmes with the following:
Yale School of Forestry and Environment Management, USA; University of Victoria, Canada; North Carolina State University, USA; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and Freie University Berlin, Germany. Selected students get to spend a term or a whole year at these universities.

Collaborative research opportunities
TERI University also has partnerships with various varsities and institutes across the world for collaborative research, academic support in terms of courses, seminars, include Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA; University of Nottingham, UK; Michigan State University, USA; University of New South Wales, Australia; Freie University Berlin, Germany; University of Iceland, Iceland; University of Glamorgan, UK; University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Sindicatum Climate Change Foundation, UK; and The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, USA and also those with whom the university conducts exchange programmes, conferences, developing academic programmes, etc.

TERI University’s roots can be traced back to 1998, when ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies’ was established. The school was subsequently renamed as the TERI University in October 2006. TERI University was conceived to cater to the need of disseminating the vast reservoir of knowledge created by TERI, a not for profit, independent research institute recognised globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development.

There is nothing that the university is short of. We have the best of labs, infrastructure and facilities that there is nothing that one would wish for. For PhD students, it is very essential to have guides who are open, flexible and give you the freedom to work on your own. The university gives you that space to think and innovate, says Shipra Rajesh, a PhD student.

First Published: Jun 21, 2011 10:59 IST