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Vision Mission Core Values


To accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable world through the creation of knowledge and human capacity. To be a globally recognized deemed University in the sphere of sustainability studies.


  • To create new knowledge through research and contribute to the discourse on sustainability issues at national and global levels.
  • To design and deliver academic programmes, training and research on sustainability issues relevant to all streams of life and across age groups, assimilating the latest science and evidence.

Core Values

TERI School of Advanced Studies, in the design of its teaching-learning environment, adheres to the following values

  • To instill the knowledge of, and desire for, systemic approaches to problem solving.
  • To empower the commitment to environmental protection and social justice.
  • To constructively engage in deliberative processes.
  • To promote critical, and solutions-oriented, thinking.

TERI SAS commits itself to academic excellence and provides an environment that will encourage both personal and intellectual growth through teaching, creating and sharing knowledge.

TERI School of Advanced Studies was set up as a Trust by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) - a not-for-profit, independent research institute recognized globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development in 1998. In 1999, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was granted the ‘Deemed to be University’ status by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and notified vide the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India, notification no. F.9/19/95-U-3, dated October 5, 1999. The objective of the TERI SAS is to build capacity around various themes of sustainable development adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and incorporating the most contemporary, research-based evidence into the curriculum. Since its inception, the TERI SAS has offered not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspective in their subject areas. Beyond the academic programmes, the deemed University is actively reaching out to school and college students as also to mid-career professionals to sensitize them towards the environment and sustainable development in a systemic, solutions-oriented manner. The deemed University started functioning from its ‘green campus’, located in Vasant Kunj, in 2008 and today offers a dozen Masters programmes and has nearly 200 PhD students enrolled. It has started work on developing a new campus at Hyderabad, Telangana in the south of India and hopes to start offering academic programmes from this campus .

The research excellence of TERI School is demonstrated through an extensive record of high-impact, multidisciplinary research in overarching and interrelated themes such as natural resources, energy and environment, water studies, biotechnology, business and sustainability, and policy studies. There is greater emphasis for the faculty-led research in these thematic areas to complement the learning outcomes of post-graduate programmes. Advance research in such thematic areas is led by our distinct departments that have dedicated and specialized team of highly qualified faculty members and researchers working towards knowledge advancement for examining and addressing sustainability challenges. The publications in leading international high impact journals, policy briefs, result oriented research reports and popular publications by faculty members and scholars aim to create a difference. In pursuit of advancing frontiers of research and higher education, TERI School had always been on competitive advantage through meaningful partnerships with industry, policy and decision makers, funding organisations, community and leading research and higher education institutions globally. We immensely value such partnerships and strive to strengthen them on a continual basis. Our specialised departments also assist in strengthening the capacity of local, state and national governments, other higher education and research institutions, and industry and business organisations in India and other developing countries through specialised trainings, management development programmes, summer schools and certificate programmes. A targeted expected outcome is to share knowledge for enhanced well-being and prosperity and assist our collaborating institutions to design and implement long-term solutions for society and ecology.