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Creating eco-friendly future business leaders

Jul 29, 2009

Nobel laureate Dr R.K. Pachauri talked of green education and green jobs to enhance India’s position post Copenhagen summit to combat climate change. He was speaking at a talk organised by the TERI University in New Delhi.

New Delhi: The 21st century would undoubtedly represent a high point for human civilisation in the development and utilisation of knowledge on an unprecedented scale, said Dr. R.K. Pachauri here today.

Launching an MBA Business Sustainability Programme at TERI University in the national capital, he elaborated: “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.”

TERI University, launched recently, boasts of a team of highly experienced researchers and eminent scientists.

One of its objectives is to help students develop a heightened sense of awareness, and a fresh perspective for the earth and its resources. It aspires to contribute globally by serving the society as a seat of advanced learning.

During his address, Dr Pachauri talked of a unique opportunity to produce leaders in various disciplines, who not only would advance the content of specific professions but also would be sensitive to the importance of environmental protection and the need to maintain equity, ecological security, and the wealth of global natural resources.

He also 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 groups that will work towards environment conservation,” he pointed out.

TERI University has an energy efficient campus showcasing the concept of modern green buildings. Besides an innovative, energy saving architectural design, the building is equipped with a number of other cutting edge technologies that help reduce the energy consumption by 60% and potable water use by 25%.

The university also has strong ambitions to attract students from other countries.

“We have seen in recent years a growing interest on the part of students as well as faculty to come and experience what India and an Indian institution have to offer. We can enlarge this appeal and convert it into practical results by enrolling a substantial number of foreign students,” he hoped.

“Our credo is lodged deeply in the very basic objectives of sustainable development. The thread that would run through all our programmes would highlight our respect for nature not on emotional grounds, but purely in the interest of maximizing human welfare in this generation and for those yet to come,” he added.

The availability of larger space and infrastructure enables TERI University to expand its activities and programmes.

“We retain our strong desire to set up a unique School of Management that would inculcate in its graduates a strong sense of sustainability in economic activities, attention to conservation of natural resources and responsibility to society at large,” he said.

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