TERI University hosts its second convocation

November 17th, 2008 - 7:42 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI/Business Wire India): With the growing need for developing alternative methods through specialised education to create a sustainable living, TERI University graduates today at their convocation ceremony, dedicated themselves to the importance of environmental protection and the need to maintain equity, ecological security, and the wealth of global natural resources.
TERI University held its Second Convocation ceremony today in which seven students were conferred with doctoral degrees and 70 received masters degree from the university. Professor Richard. C. Levin, President Yale University was invited as the Chief Guest for the convocation and present were Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Chancellor TERI University and Director-General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Rajiv Seth, Registrar TERI University and Dr. P.P. Bhojvaid, Dean (Academic) TERI University.
The university transcends the traditional teaching and its courses attract students from various fields like economics, geography, engineering that has allowed a concoction of various perspectives into the curriculum, which provides a holistic approach to their study. The University has partnered with several leading universities of USA, UK and Australia that has created a platform for an exchange of ideas, knowledge and research for both the faculty and students.
Commencing the convocation ceremony, Dr. Pachauri, Chancellor TERI University and Director-General TERI said, “The twenty-first century will undoubtedly represent a high point for human civilization in the development and utilization of knowledge on an unprecedented scale. We are living in a period of rapid change when skills and expertise in several fields are expanding across the globe while the depth and rigor of education needed to create them crosses new frontiers at a brisk rate. There is a unique opportunity today to produce leaders in various disciplines, who not only advance the content of specific professions but who are also sensitive to the importance of environmental protection and the need to maintain equity, ecological security, and the wealth of global natural resources.”
He further said, “We are delighted that TERI University has academic partnership with Yale University and would strive further to strengthen the bond. We have been receiving requests from foreign students who wish to join our university and we hope to invite them in the near future. We retain a strong interest in developing a school of management and new courses that are much needed to steer the process of sustainable development.”
While congratulating the graduates, Professor Richard. C.Levin, President Yale University said,” TERI University is unique not only in India but in the world as it has specialised courses in energy, environment and sustainable development. The collaboration between Yale and TERI University that began four years ago has allowed for student and faculty exchange that has created a platform to exchange ideas, thoughts and knowledge. Universities like ours will play an significant role to curtail climate change by involving governments and companies to set standards of carbon emissions.”
He further stressed on the role of universities to advance the world towards a sustainable living like investing in research and development in sciences and sponsoring policy research on the science of climate change. Sponsoring new researches on alternative technologies that are eco-friendly and economically viable in nature in the university will help us in including these in our daily lives. Such universities will create future leaders and influential group that will work towards environment conservation and university complexes like TERI and Yale will demonstrate strong examples of reducing GHG that are economically possible. There is an urgent need of synthesis of economy, social forces and environment conservation that can be only brought about if students are sensitised and given knowledge about it.
TERI University is in the final process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Suzlon, a major company in the global wind industry, to support the university’’s novel initiative to impart quality education in the field of renewable energy. Already the University has corporate support, for its academic and research initiatives from The Ford Foundation, for setting up the Department of Natural Resources, The Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, for initiating the MA (Public Policy and Sustainable Development) programme, The NTPC Ltd for setting up a chair in the Department of Policy Studies, The NHPC Ltd for setting up a chair in the Department of Policy Studies, The V K Rasmussen foundation, USA for funding a collaboration with Yale University, Steel Authority of India Limited, HSBC Bank, and Deutsche Bank.
TERI University students undergo summer training and internships with government, multilateral and multinational agencies during as a part of academic curriculum. The university has a placement cell, as employment is considered as an integral part of the system. The cell taps government agencies like FAO, Dept. of Environment (Govt. of NCT, Delhi), multinational companies like ACC, Tata Power, Reliance Energy Ltd. and multilateral organisations like WWF, Action Aid International etc. for internships and employment programmes. (ANI)

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