Former Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Rajendra Kumar Pachauri has been appointed as Executive Vice Chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). The post of Executive Vice Chairman has been recently created and Pachauri will be the first to hold the post.
Rajendra K Pachauri
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri was born on 20 August 1940, in Nainital, Uttarakhand. He passed out from Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar and started his career with the Indian Railways at the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi.
Later he joined the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA, where he obtained an MS in Industrial Engineering in 1972, and a PhD with co-majors in Industrial Engineering and Economics in 1974.
Later from August 1974 to May 1975 he served as Assistant Professor and Visiting Faculty Member in the Department of Economics and Business at North Carolina State, US.
He has also served as a Visiting Professor of Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. Later he had returned to India and had worked with Hyderabad based Administrative Staff College of India.
Later he went on to become Director of Consulting and Applied Research Division. He had joined TERI as Director in 1982. In April 2002, he was elected Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations panel established by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
During his stint as Chairman, IPCC had won Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its 4th Assessment Report (AR). In February 2015, he was removed as Director General of TERI after one of his junior colleague accused him of sexual harassment and internal committee report found him guilty of misconduct.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a non-profit research institution that conducts research work in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development.
Establishment of TERI : The establishment of TERI is rooted to Mithapur, a remote town in Gujarat, where a TATA engineer, Darbari Seth, was concerned about the enormous quantities of energy his factory spent on desalination. He proposed the idea of a research institute to tackle the depletion of natural resources and energy scarcity. His innovative idea was liked and accepted by the than chairman of the TATA Group, J. R. D. Tata and TERI was set up with a modest corpus of 35 million rupees. It was renamed as The Energy and Resources Institute in 2003.
Objectives : The main motto of TERI is to formulate local and national level strategies for shaping global solutions to critical issues. TERI has over 1200 employees, especially research professionals from different disciplines pertaining to issues of environment and energy. In 2013, International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) ranked it as the topmost global think-tank.