Details for TERI University
Type of Organization
Type of Education
Post Graduate, Doctoral
New Delhi, New Delhi, India
Sign Up Date to PRME
04 Dec 2015
Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission
Letter of Commitment (2015)
Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Design of the course curriculum particularly for MBA programme in business sustainability that is offered by the Department of Business Sustainability has gone through a series of consultation and discussions based on feedback received from experts and practitioners from the industry, alumni as well as civil society before it finally came into its current form or structure.
While designing the curriculum the first question that kept on bugging is whether the concerns for sustainability and its three pillars should be addressed through standalone courses or should they be integrated into other core and functional courses. Eventually, the decision went towards a judicious mix of both depending on the requirements.
Accordingly, there are specific stand alone courses that address the concerns for integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in business as part of the curriculum. These includes courses like - principles and concepts of sustainability, climate and development, corporate social responsibility and sustainability reporting, sustainable business strategy, environmental economics, energy policy and management, business ethics, corporate governance, contemporary issues in change management and community relationship management.
Besides the aforementioned courses, the conventional courses especially in the functional areas pertaining to marketing, finance, production and operation management etc. are redesigned to integrate the concerns for sustainability. For instance select modules on the marketing management course focus on sustainable and social marketing. In a similar vein, courses related to finance and accounting have relevant modules on responsible investing, environment and social accounting in consonance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Likewise, the course on production and operation management comprises modules on green procurement and operation whereas the course on supply chain management delves into issues and challenges in greening the supply chain.
The pedagogy and delivery of the courses relies on case based teaching, business simulation, real life problem solving, role-plays, internships and projects in relevant areas in the industry and mandatory field trips, among others. Guest lecturers comprising of experts and industry practitioners are especially invited to share their experiences and to complement the class-room teaching.
In order to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas, the department also encourages students to subscribe to courses from other departments. Some of the courses that the MBA students usually subscribe to are courses on environment management system, environment impact assessment, and renewable energy policy etc. that are offered respectively by the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Energy and Environment at the University. Similarly the students from other departments also subscribes to courses offered by the Department of Business Sustainability.
Besides the MBA programme on business sustainability, the university offers a PhD programme on business sustainability and also offers executive programmes on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
The foremost executive programme on CSR and business sustainability was offered by the Department of Business Sustainability to select executives from Coca Cola India, Johnson and Matthey, Tata Power and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in May 2014. Series of executive programmes pertaining to various facets of corporate sustainability are in the pipeline and would be offered over the span 2015-16.
Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Some of the notable recent achievements of TERI University that deserve special mention includes-
• TERI University has won the ‘Greenest University and Research Institution’ award in 2013 in a competitive assessment, edging out other prestigious global institutions like Copenhagen University, Denmark, University of Plymouth, UK, Deakin University, Australia, and Unity College, Maine, USA, among others. The award is one amongst ten inaugural Climate Change Awards organized by Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) – a news and analysis website. RTCC is the accredited observer to the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) and is the TV host for the UN at its climate, biodiversity and desertification talks. For this first set of awards, the winners, selected across ten categories, including, Green Business, Climate NGO of the Year and other sustainable solutions, serve to highlight individual businesses and sector leaders who are driving the green economy forward. The awards were presented in Warsaw, Poland while climate change negotiations were taking place at Conference of the Parties (COP) 19.
• The University has been accredited with the highest grade ‘A’ by National Assessment and Accreditation Committee, constituted by University Grants Commission (UGC) in India.
• TERI University has collaborated with a number of foreign universities, which enables students to participate in exchange programmes, summits, exposure visits, collaborative research, etc. The list of universities includes: 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.
• TERI University recently organised the Winter School - BLISS 2015, running from November 2-6, 2015 along with UNEP under the aegis of the EU-funded Switch Asia programme focused on interdisciplinary training on the theme ‘SDG 12: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns’. The primary aim of the Winter School was to facilitate an improved understanding of complexities relating to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and the significance of various strategy options and institutional arrangements to mainstream SCP for effective policy planning. As a part of the Switch Asia project, the University has also been entrusted with the task of creating a course on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for junior policymakers in the South Asian region and executing three-start-up research projects addressing various thematic on SCP . The first meeting towards developing the course curriculum on SCP involving experts and practitioners was held in September 18th 2015 and a subsequent meeting would be held early next year. A follow-up school would also be held next year in line with the Winter School to further advance the capacity building for policy makers in the region. The follow-up school would also reflect on the outcomes of the three-start up research projects that are currently being carried out.
• Indian Railways, Government of India has decided to fund a railway research chair on sustainable mobility at TERI University. In this regard, the railway ministry entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TERI University. The MoU was signed in the presence of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday 23rd November, 2015. The ‘railway chair’ is expected to facilitate research in finding innovative solutions on issues concerning sustainable mobility, use of energy efficient technology and green energy initiatives.
• TERI University is executing a project on Strengthening Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings The Project aims to strengthen two flagship missions promulgated by the new Government of India viz. National Skill Development and Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India). The proposed Project is of 3 year duration. It is a joint-initiative of the TERI University, Coca-Cola, India and TERI with support from USAID to help achieve Government’s sanitation targets by conducting a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) risk analysis in Kolkata and Chennai slums, developing participatory intervention strategies in urban areas, and building capacity of faculty and students through a model sanitation curriculum. Specifically, the programme plans to reach 20 municipal schools and 2,500 students through school WASH programmes, 50,000 beneficiaries in low-income settlements, and over 300 professionals through WASH governance studies. More details on the project is available at –
• TERI University students have also been torchbearers in TERI’s flagship programme Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL). LaBL is a global initiative to facilitate clean energy access and the delivery of last mile energy services for basic and productive use. A considerable portion of the support for the programme comes from CSR funds of various companies. The initiative enables energy poor communities to transition from traditional and inefficient energy sources to modern, more efficient and sustainable energy solutions. Operating through an entrepreneurial model of energy service delivery, LaBL accelerates market development for clean energy technologies through knowledge sharing, capacity building and market seeding.
More details on LaBL and the success stories are available at – http://labl.teriin.org/
• TERI University’s faculty has been publishing in highly acclaimed peer reviewed journals that includes- energy policy, renewable and sustainable energy reviews, journal of cleaner production, ecological economics, social responsibility journal, renewable energy law and policy, carbon and climate law review, journal of risk management, international journal of sustainable development, among others. They are invited in workshops and conferences world wide as panelists and key note speakers.
• A joint programme by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), TERI University (TERI U) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has been organised in October 2014 in order to help build awareness and knowledge on key global trends, innovative technologies, policies and inter-disciplinary solutions in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development. The two-week Sustainable Energy Leadership Programme (SELP) brought together over 20 government officials, policy makers, and experts from 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. The programme, the first of its kind, allowed participants to interact with ongoing energy projects in India, discuss sustainable energy solutions from a practitioner’s perspective, and attend high-level discussions in a global context.
• TERI University students have won a number of accolades that includes Acara Challenge, the social business plan competitition organised by University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. A student of the MBA business sustainability programme has recently been selected as a climate corps fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund in US.