Department of Energy and Environment (DEE) at TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) provides a competent and vibrant environment to PhD students for achieving academic excellence of highest global standards and the opportunity to nurture an independent, analytical and critical thinking. The mode of operation and key features of the doctoral programme are governed by the provisions as laid down in ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019”. While the emphasis is laid down on interdisciplinary approaches, disciplinary thrust is maintained with focus on a range of themes such as energy, urban development, climate science and environment resources.
After the completion, Ph.D. students should be able to:
• Develop an understanding of research, philosophy and domain knowledge for addressing current research problems and identifying emergent themes in the area of specialization.
• Critically apply concepts, methods, and learning to address underlying queries in their discipline of research as well as imbibe the spirit of inquiry and solution-oriented ideas.
• Engage in the research of impact in the fundamental discipline or an interdisciplinary research.
• Understand and apply scientific methods, tools, and techniques to carry out high quality research work.
• To have intellectual independence, creative scholarship and ingenuity in tackling and solving research problems.
• Cultivate and demonstrate skills in articulating their research outputs in scientific writing, oral presentation and publishing the results of their research in conferences and journals of repute, maintaining high ethical standards in research and academia.
• Demonstrate their skills and knowledge at conceptualizing, planning and executing research independently and/or in team that extends the existing horizons of interdisciplinary research/thematic
• Urban housing policy
• Migration, sustainable and smart cities
• Built Environment
• Emerging anthropogenic pollutants and contaminants
• Innovation in industrial water treatment and reuse
• Geogenic contaminants
• Air pollution and its linkages with climate dynamics
• Justice and climate change
• Polycentricity in climate change governance
• Energy-economy-environment interaction modelling
Admission will be made based on written tests and interview. A weightage of 70% to the written test and 30% to the performance in interview shall be given. Written test will have two papers of equal weightages (35% each). Paper I will be on 'Research Methodology' which will be a common paper for admission in all departments of the University. Paper II will be department/subject specific.
Syllabus for Research Methodology
Syllabus for Paper II
The core theme of the Department of Energy and Environment PhD entrance examination will be in the from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Applicants can select one of the following tracks, Environment and Climate Studies, Renewable Energy and Urban Development. Prospective students appearing for the written examination can opt for only one of the specific tracks as per their research interest.
The syllabi for these three tracks are as follows
Environment and Climate Studies Ecology and Environment:
Ecosystems: Fundamental concepts and principles; Structure and function, Ecosystem services. Food chain, Trophic levels and Food Web, Biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, Conservation of biodiversity. Environmental Health: Dose response relationships, frequency response and cumulative response; statistical concepts Lethal Concentration / Lethal Dose (LC/LD) 50
Atmospheric and Earth Processes:
Structure and composition of the atmosphere – weather elements. Potential temperature, dry and moist adiabatic lapse rates. Stability in the atmosphere, mixing heights and Meteorology Fundamentals. Geological processes and ocean margins, land-ocean interaction; biogeochemical cycling of elements. Hydrology, floods, structure and geological components of earth, geological timescale, rocks and rock cycle, rock forming minerals, mineral resources, geosphere, lithosphere, weathering, paleotectonic, geomorphology.
Human activities and impacts: local, regional and global; short-term and long-term impacts on Environment. Concepts of carrying capacity and global commons. Environmental impact of energy use; energy intensities, environmental damage potential. Greenhouse forcing contribution (GFC) and greenhouse warming potential (GWP), evaluation of greenhouse index. Disaster Management and Risk analysis, floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides.
Pollution Studies (Air, Water and Soil) and Solid Waste Management:
Causes, effects and control measures, Pollution case studies, Air pollution, (particulates and gaseous pollutants), heavy metals in air. Sources and diffusion of SO2, CO, NOx smoke, Greenhouse gases.
Water pollution – freshwater and marine, ecological and human health aspects of water pollution, water chemistry. Type, sources of water pollution. Groundwater depletion and contamination.
Soil Pollution and contamination, toxicity from the application of pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers. Heavy metals in soil. Environmental problems related to soils: desertification, salinization, erosion. Bioremediation of contaminated soils.
Urban solid waste management, Hazardous waste management. Definition, Classification, Identification, Sources and Characteristics.
Climate Science, Sustainability, Current Environmental and Climate Issues:
Climate change, global warming, acid rain, ozone layer depletion. Climate change: vulnerability and adaptation.
Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals, Kyoto Protocol, COP21 Paris Agreement, Climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Environmental Law and policy:
Environment Protection, International and national efforts for Environment Protection, Provision of Constitution of India regarding Environment (Article 48A and 58A). Environmental Policy Resolution, Legislation, Public Policy, Pollution control, strategies.
Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 amended 1991, Forest Conservation Act, 1980, Indian Forests Act ( Revised) 1982, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution ) Act, 1981 as amended by Amendment Act, 1987 and Rule 1982, Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, The Water ( Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as amended up to 1988 and Rules 1975, The Environment ( Protection) Act, 1986 and Rules 1986. Biodiversity conservation and Agenda – 21, National Action Plan on Climate Change, INDCs.
Renewable Energy Basics of Electrical Systems
DC circuits – Loop and mesh analysis, Network theorems, star?delta transformation; AC circuits – Behavior of series and/or parallel combination of RLC, Resonance, Complex Power, Line and Phase Voltages; Magnetic Circuit; Transformers; Electricity Infrastructure – generation, transmission & distribution, HVDC systems, Load Flow, Switch Gear and Protection; Power electronics – rectifier, inverter, AC-AC and DC-DC converters
Basics of Thermal Engineering:
Laws of thermodynamics, Power and Refrigeration cycles, Heat transfer – conduction, convection and radiation; Heat exchangers; Boiling and condensation; Entropy; Enthalpy; Fundamentals of fluid mechanics; IC engines
Basic of Chemical Engineering:
Dimension Analysis, Mass balance in chemical reaction, Energy balance in chemical reaction, Heat transfer in chemical processes, Absorption, and adsorption, ideal and non-idea isothermal reactors, Biochemical reactions – catalytic and non-catalytic; Laws of viscosity; Shell energy balance; Shell mass balance Energy Systems
Renewable Energy Systems:
Solar Energy: solar radiation, solar photovoltaic and thermal systems, Wind: current status, types, measuring instruments, potential assessment, Biomass: gasification, anaerobic and aerobic decomposition, fermentation and incineration and Energy from waste.
Different modes of energy storage, Technology Types– Mechanical energy storage: flywheels, compressed air, and pumped hydro; Electrical and Magnetic Energy storage: Batteries, Capacitors, electromagnets, Chemical energy storage
Building and Energy:
Role of building design and building services to evaluate the energy performance in buildings. Study of Climate and its influence in building design for energy requirement, Principles of energy conscious design of buildings, Building Envelope, Orientation, Building Configuration, Passive Cooling, Basic Principles of Day-lighting
Energy Policy and Regulation:
Assessment of International Energy Policy & Regulatory Aspects; Indian Power Sector – Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Energy Markets & Power Exchange; Indian Electricity Regulations and Acts, Electricity Act 2003, Rural Electrification Policies; CERC – Regulations, Orders, Tariff Guidelines.
Urban Development: Ecosystem:
Natural and man-made ecosystem; Ecological principles; Concepts of Environmental Impact Analysis; Environmental considerations in planning and design; Thermal comfort, ventilation and air movement.
Concepts and Rating; Building Performance Simulation and Evaluation; Environmental pollution- types, causes, controls and abatement strategies.
Urban design and planning:
Concepts and theories of urban design; Public Perception; Townscape; Public Realm; Urban design interventions for sustainable development and transportation; Historical and modern examples of urban design; Public spaces, character, spatial qualities and Sense of Place; Urban renewal and conservation; Site planning; Landscape design; Development controls – FAR, densities and building byelaws.
Urban planning and policy:
Planning process; Types of plans - Master Plan, City Development Plan, Structure Plan, Zonal Plan, Action Area Plan, Town Planning Scheme, Regional Plan; Salient concepts, theories and principles of urban planning; Sustainable urban development; Emerging concepts of cities - Eco-City, Smart City, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), SEZ, SRZ etc. Housing; Concepts, principles and examples of neighborhood; Housing typologies; Slums; Affordable Housing; Residential densities; National Housing Policies, Programs and Schemes.
Transportation, Water Supply, Sewerage, Drainage, Solid Waste Management, Electricity and Communications. Process and Principles of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering; Road capacity; Land-use – transportation - urban form inter-relationships; Traffic and transport management and control in urban areas; Mass transportation planning; Paratransit and other modes of transportation, Pedestrian and slow-moving traffic planning. Principles of water supply and sanitation systems; water treatment; Water supply and distribution system; Water harvesting systems; Principles; Sewage disposal methods; Methods of solid waste management - collection, transportation and disposal; Recycling and Reuse of solid waste
Minimum cut-off marks for admission is 60% with at least 50% marks in written tests.
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PhD Programme is divided into three stages. These are:
Stage I: Ph.D. Course work
The PhD course work at TERI SAS is designed to develop rigorous research and analytical skills among the students and enable them with necessary research analytical and methodological skill sets. The Ph.D. Course work is governed by the ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019’.
Ph.D. Course work structure and requirement
The credit assigned to the Ph.D. course work shall be a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 16 credits. The course requirement will be prescribed by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC) on the recommendations of the Students Research Committee (SRC). The Ph.D. course work must be completed within the first two semesters from the date of registration.
Every Ph.D. student must take the following mandatory courses.
a) Research Methodology – 3 Credits (Credit only course)
b) Research and Publication Ethics - 2 Credits (Credit or audit course)
c) Quantitative Research Method – minimum 3 Credits from the list of the applicable quantitative methods courses.
Apart from the above, Ph.D. students can take ‘Communication Skills’ as non-mandatory course. Other advanced level courses from the list of courses offered for Master’s Programmes may also be prescribed by SRC after considering the student’s background in relation to the proposed topic of research.
The list of available courses in DEE under Quantitative Methods category are
• Environmental Statistics (4 credits)
• Multivariate Data Analysis (3 credits)
• Optimization techniques for energy management and planning (3 credits)
• Applied Numerical Methods (3 credits)
• Stochastic Modelling (4 credits)
• Spatiotemporal Data Analysis (3 credits)
Stage II: Research proposal defense and research work • A student will be permitted to appear for defending the research proposal only after he/she has completed the Ph.D. course work as prescribed by the SRC.
• As a part of the research proposal defense, a draft research proposal must be prepared by the student in consultation with the Supervisor(s) and duly approved by SRC members.
• The Supervisor will schedule the research proposal defense activity before a panel comprising of SRC members and an external expert if supervisor has requested so.
• After the satisfactory defense, the student will be required to submit his/her final research proposal and related documents to the DRC with due approval from the Supervisor. The final research proposal must be submitted to the DRC within a period of 24 months from the date of registration in the Ph.D. programme.
• During Ph.D. programme, the student shall appear before the SRC at least once in each semester to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work. This process will continue until the thesis submission.
Stage III: Thesis submission
• Ph.D. scholars may submit his/her thesis at any time if he/ has completed the minimum period of registration and complied with all the necessary requirements as specified in “TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019” (and subsequent amendments). Prior to the thesis submission, the scholar shall make a presentation in the Department before the DRC. A Ph.D. student must submit his/her thesis within the stipulated period, failing which his/her registration will be considered null and void.
Additional Information The detailed information can be found in TERI School of Advanced Studies PhD Regulations - 2019.
• Prof. Bishwajit Bhattacharjee, Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
• Prof. AL Ramanathan, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
• Prof. Atiqur Rehman, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia
• Prof. A K Keshari, Civil Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
The PhD programme at DEE is designed to strengthen both core and applied knowledge base as well as build research acumen in the field of energy, urban development, climate science and environment resources among scholars through intensive course work spanning between one and two semesters. It inculcates interdisciplinarity in research and develops innovative skills among outstanding research-oriented learners. PhD scholars are provided opportunities to augment their research skills through involvement in faculty-led research projects as well as explore nuances of teaching post-graduate students through teaching assistantship (particularly in laboratory work). At the culmination of the degree, scholars are fully prepared for autonomous research and scholarship at the vanguard in their chosen fields of energy, urban development, climate science and environment resources as well as have acquired competencies to pursue teaching. The PhD programme promotes impactful and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research demonstrating with opportunities for broader research excellence framework to enable scholars to play an active role in national and international communities.
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