2. Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
3. Research, Innovations and Extension
4. Infrastructure and Learning Resources
6. Governance, Leadership and Management
7. Institutional Values and Best Practices
1. Issues related to gender are addressed in the many courses and modules. Some examples are as follows:
|Course Name||Programmes in which course is offered||Module Name||Link to course outline|
|Gender, rights and equity perspective for sustainable water management||• MSc Water Science and Governance (core)
• MTech Water Resources Engineering and Management (core)
• MA Sustainable Development Practice (elective)
|Social organization of gender in South Asia (specifically India) | Gendering narratives||(Link)|
|Perspectives on Development||• MA Sustainable Development Practice (core)||Development, Inequality and Marginalization||(Link)|
|Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice||• MA Sustainable Development Practice (core)||Social Inclusion||(Link)|
|City and Regional Planning and Management||• M.Tech (Urban Development Management) (core)||Inclusive Urban Planning: Social Justice and Economic Equit||(Link)|
2. Composition of office bearers in various student clubs (link) and alumni association (link) captures gender equity. Annexure 7.1.1.A lists office bearers of student clubs and Alumni Association since 2016.
3. A Gender Audit was carried out in June 2020 (link). 137 respondents were asked questions on all the seven major areas identified by NAAC for the assessment of gender sensitivity in institution.
4. Every student signs an ‘honor code’ during the process of admission. It includes the following statement:
“I will conduct myself within and outside the Deemed University’s premises in a manner befitting the students of a research university, and consider the following as actions that are in violation of the Student’s Honour Code of the Deemed University, and which would invite disciplinary action:
[...] Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment. Offences committed under UGC, AICTE and TERI SAS Policy & guidelines for the prevention, prohibition and punishment of Sexual Harassment of Women.” (for more details see p. 67 of Students Handbook 2019-20; included under Annexure 7.1.10.A).
5. Safety and security arrangements at TERI SAS are adequate and captured in the Gender Audit.
6. A day care room is available at the hostel for children of the staffs. In 2015, a room in the hostel was converted into a day care room for children with required basic facilities for the entertainment and use of the children such as beds, table-chair, a few toys, posters etc. (Annexure 7.1.1.B). Besides, the parents themselves bring a plenty of items as per the need of their children. A caretaker (maid) is also attached with the child to take care during the office time of the staff.
7. Separate toilet facilities exist for men and women in academic and administrative blocks. It is captured in the Gender Audit.
8. A variety of programmes are organised on Gender matters, including MDPs. Some examples are below:
|‘Gendered impacts of Work From Home (WFH) during COVID 19 Pandemic’ — panel discussio||17 July 2020||(Link)|
|‘Gender, Equity and Water Management’— MDP (at Jaipur)||30-31 May 2019||(Link)|
|‘Gender, Equity and Water Management’— MDP (at Gurgaon)||19-20 December 2018||(Link)|
|‘Gender, Equity and Water Management’— MDP (at Hyderabad)||20-21 August 2018||(Link)|
|‘Gender, Equity and Water Management’— MDP (at Guwahati)||14-15 March 2018||(Link)|
|'Gender sensitization and awareness on institutional provisions'—lecture||22 November 2017||(Link)|
|‘Women's Movement (s): Questions of Equality and Difference’—lecture||12 April 2017||(Link)|
|‘Gender, Equity and Water Management’— MDP||07-08 November 2016||(Link)|
|‘Gender and Sex ratio’—lecture||27 March 2018||(Link)|
9. BoM in its 19th meeting held on February 2016 adopted “TERI University Policy & guidelines for the prevention, prohibition and punishment of Sexual Harassment of Women, 2015”(link to Minutes). Based on the UGC notification dated 02 May 2016,BoM in its 22nd meeting held on December 2016 approved “TERI University policy on prevention, prohibition and punishment of sexual harassment of women employees and students-2016”(link to Minutes)
10. Present composition of the Internal Complaints committee can be located here.
11. Annexure 7.1.1.C includes composition of all Standing and other Committees and other Committees since 2015.
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1. TERI SAS has installed and operates a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant of 48 kWp (DC-side) capacity (Annexure 7.1.2.A). The plant has been installed by the Sunalpha Energy Pvt. Ltd., Jaipur under the RESCO model wherein the company invested in the plant and has been selling solar energy to us as per a signed Power Purchase Agreement (Annexure 7.1.2.B).
2. A solar hot water system atop the hostel has been installed by Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., which helps to reduce electrical power to heat the water (Annexure 7.1.2.C).
3. All rooftop plants are required to adhere to local grid connectivity standards. In the case of excess of solar power (over and above the requirements of the TERI SAS), the same is supposed to be wheeled back to the grid. However, this has not happened yet as the plant size is small and even on holidays, the consumption is higher than the solar power generated. Annexure 7.1.2.D shows the share of solar and wind energy in consumption for three years (2017-2020).
4. Other than a solar rooftop system, a small horizontal axis windmill of 300W capacity (link) and a wind turbine of 3.3kW capacity (link) have also been installed at the rooftop and the entrance of the university, respectively.
5. TERI SAS has got smart energy meters installed in the Campus to monitor energy consumption at various locations (Annexure 7.1.2.E). This provides insights to reduce the energy consumption. Zenatix Solutions Private Ltd., Gurugram, Haryana provides energy monitoring and analytics services to TERI SAS (Annexure 7.1.2.F).
6. Entire TERI SAS campus is LED lit. The deemed to be university (erstwhile TERI University) under an agreement with the AXL Lighting Ltd in 2017 procured the LED lights for the entire campus (Annexure 7.1.2.G).
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Appropriate waste management is one important aspect of sustainability of any unit. TERI SAS, as a university committed to environmental protection as its core value, has steered up its efforts to ensure an appropriate and efficient waste management system in operation. In a campus of 2 acres, waste segregation is visibly exemplified and made possible through sustainable and untiring endeavour collectively by the TERI SAS family including students, faculty members and the administrative staffs.
For smooth and efficient waste management, marked and colour-coded dustbins are placed across the campus (Annexure 7.1.3.A). These are sent off for disposal and recycling accordingly. Recyclable waste as papers, cardboards, plastics, metals are collected separately and sent for recycling. TERI SAS has a very active Eco Club, and eco-friendly management of waste ranging from alternatives of reuse, composting to energy generation is promoted. The waste water generated from the hostel building equivalent to 8 Kl/day is treated through efficient biological process using a combination of microorganisms and bio-media filter. The treatment system requires low area and energy. Raw sewage water is usually collected and pumped by the submersible pump provided with the Sewage Treatment Plant (Annexure 7.1.3.B). The treated water meets the prescribed standards for landscape irrigation and is used for lawns and potted plants at the campus. For Bio hazard waste generated at Biotechnology laboratories, a contract has been signed with an agency M/S Biotic Waste Solutions Pvt. Ltd. approved by Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Annexure 7.1.3.C).The agency is engaged in the business of operating a Common Bio-Medical Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility for the reception, transportation, treatment and disposal of biomedical waste after collection of the same from TERI SAS campus as per the Bio-Medical Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2018. However, the biotechnology laboratories at TERI SAS do not generate any hazardous chemicals or radioactive waste.
TERI SAS has a well-established system of collecting and disposing off E-Waste collected at the campus. Eco Club student members actively participate in the E-waste collection drive periodically and also make the TERI SAS family aware about the E-waste and encourage them to dispose their old unused/defected electronic items. Special bins are placed at prominent locations of the campus and encourage staff and students to put their unusable items viz. mobile phones, chargers, computer waste, batteries, etc. in those bins. All the official E-waste items and collected personal E-waste is sent to an organization called CHINTAN – Environment Research and Action Group (Annexure 7.1.3.D), for sending to an authorized recycler where processing and recycling is done within laws set forth by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
Rain water harvesting has been an integral part of the infrastructure at the campus and is used to collect water from rainfall events. This water is either stored or let into the ground. Surface runoff is collected from roof tops and the open spaces within the campus. This water flows through trenches and is collected in a sump. The sub-surface sump system is a technically feasible way to store surplus monsoon run off. This system is suitable, environment-friendly and economically viable in the hydro-geological settings of the area where the campus is located. The quantity of water collected depends on the quantity of rainfall and frequency of rainfall in Delhi. The size and shape of the collection structures has been designed to collect water in the most efficient way.
Rain water harvesting is practiced in the TERI SAS campus since its inception contributing to recharging the ground water levels (Annexure 7.1.4.A). The artificial technique of collecting water from roof-tops and open areas of the campus helps in the process of water conservation by not allowing excess surface water from flowing to drains. This not only helps in increasing groundwater level, but also helps in improving ground water quality.
TERI SAS family including students, faculty members and administrative staffs brings the principle of “Saving Water, Saving the Earth!” in practice. To save water, the university believe in making the people aware about the importance of water, rather than using energy-incumbentsensor-based equipment.Regular sensitization for the importance of water are done among students using several forums including seminar/webinar, invited talks, observing the World Water Day etc., along with the academic practices (link1, link2, link3, link4). Glimpses of programmes organised on water conservation can be found from the links below:
|SWASH (Save Water Save Humanity) 2021 | Theme: Valuing Water||(Link)|
|SWASH 2020 - Theme : Online Training in Rainwater Harvesting and Management Day 2||(Link)|
|Water Demand and Audit Management and Integrated River Basin Planning Training Programme||(Link)|
|8th World Water Forum Satellite Event - SWASH||(Link)|
TERI SAS campus—located in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi, adjacent to Aravalli Biodiversity Park not only focuses on the erudition of the concepts of energy efficiency, sustainability, green buildings but also showcases how these concepts can be put to practice for the larger good of the humanity. TERI SAS campus is one of the world’s best practice Green Campus with Solar Rooftop System (Annexure 7.1.5.A), Water Management, Rain Water Harvesting (Annexure 7.1.5.B), Waste Management (Annexure 7.1.5.C), Natural Ventilation, Cooling system which includes Earth Air Tunnel (EAT) system, Thermal Mass storage system, Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) system, Thermal storage, pedestrian-friendly pathways and finally the Natural Lighting.
The building has been awarded the “Greenest University and Research Institution” as part of the RTCC 2013 Climate Change (Link1, Link2, Link3, Link4), and also was in the top three in the smart education building category in the Honeywell India Smart Building Award-2017.
Various species of rich flora has been judiciously planted making the campus aesthetically pleasing (Annexure 7.1.5.D). There are approximately 70-75 large trees and 170-190 pots and shrubs inside the campus. Along with it, there is one green lung space (Annexure 7.1.5.E) and a badminton lawn (Annexure 7.1.5.F) covering about 30% - 33% of the campus, a sizeable vegetal cover. The institution has put into practice “No Paper Cups Day” on every Wednesday so as to reduce the usage of single use plastic cups and encouraging people to bring their own tumblers (Annexure 7.1.5.G). On every Tuesday and Thursday “No Lift Day” (Annexure 7.1.5.H) is observed to contribute to the reduction of electricity usage. These practices would inculcate the feelings and concern about the growing environmental tribulations with an effort to explore solution based on the veracity of each problem.
The infrastructure was designed keeping into consideration the wind direction. Other than a solar rooftop system, a small wind mill (Annexure 7.1.5.I) has also been installed at the entrance of the university. Campus community is encouraged to use bicycles rather than motorized bikes and cars (Annexure 7.1.5.J). A battery-operated small car is used for performing short-distance activities for the institute (Annexure 7.1.5.J). Among the long distance commuters, people from same area are encouraged for car pooling to contribute and exhibit how viable little efforts can prove in reducing traffic and environmental safety at larger canvass through active participation. Feeder bus service to metro stations facilitated use of public transport till about 2019. The campus is not green only from inside but its reflection is enriched through consistent outreach programmes making the institute leader in greener development and cleaner technologies campaign. Much of the area outside is maintained by TERI SAS gardeners (Annexure 7.1.5.K). During 2009-12, the green cover in an area between the TERI SAS campus and a nearby circle (approximately 300 metre apart) was developed and maintained by TERI SAS with funding support from ONGC and involvement of local Resident Welfare Associations.
Equal Opportunity Policy is included in the Compendium of Policies, Rules and Guidelines adopted by the BoM in its 23rd meeting held on 1 March 2017 (link to Minutes). It states the following: “TERI University being an equal opportunity employer follows the principle of providing employment opportunities regardless of gender, religion, caste, region and diversity. TERI University would also encourage those who are differently abled in appropriate functions (emphasis added)”. Annexure 7.1.7.A-C includes Geotagged photos of Built environment with ramps/lifts for easy access to classrooms, Differently-abled friendly washroom and signage including tactile path respectively.
Course titled “City and Regional Planning and Management” (link to course outline) includes a module titled ‘Inclusive Urban Planning: Social Justice and Economic Equity’ that covers Planning for social infrastructure - cities for all (disabled, elderly, gender).
“Scribes for examination”:Under ‘Evaluation and Examination’ sub-section titled ‘Examinations for persons with benchmark difficulties’ states the following: “Any such examinations will be conducted in compliance with the “Guidelines for Conducing Written Examinations for Persons with Benchmark Difficulties” as outlined in O.M.No.34021201s-DD-lll dated 29.8.2018 of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and University Grants Commission letter No. F.No.6-2/2013tSCT) dated January 2019” (link to Students Handbook). Academic Council approved the rules in its 48th meeting held on 16 July 2020 (link to Minutes).
Section titled “Duration of the programme” in Rules for PhD programme includes the following provision “The women candidates and persons with disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a maximum possible relaxation of 2 years in the maximum duration i.e. up to a total period of 8 years”. Academic Council approved the rules in its 47th meeting held on 20 December 2019 (link to Minutes).
TERI SAS also facilitates differently-abled students, especially blind or visually impaired, a screen reading software JAWS (Job Access With Speech). It is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. The text is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display (Annexure 7.1.7.D). Purchase proof is enclosed (Annexure 7.1.7.E).
All TERI SAS students and faculty have access to OneDrive services. Most faculty members share electronic copy of study materials through this mode. During pandemic induced online teaching through MS Team platform, this became mandatory. Annexure 7.1.7.F and Annexure 7.1.7.G provide illustrations of such access.
All students can access library resources from remote locations through Knimbus platform. More details are captured as one of the best practices in AQAR 2018-19 (link), submitted to and accepted by NAAC.
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Several programmes have been organised by the TERI SAS on constitutional obligations: values, rights, duties and responsibilities of citizens. All programmes are archived. Some of them are included below:
|Title||Month and Year||Link|
|Certificate course on “Nuclear Energy and Law”||March 2017||(View Webpage)|
|Webinar on “Relevance of Fundamental Duties amid COVID-19 Pandemic”;a talk by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India||April 2020||(View Webpage)|
|7th Certificate Course on Nuclear Energy and Law||March 2020||(View Webpage)|
|Workshop on “Creating Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights”||March 2020||(View Webpage)|
|Two Days National Seminar on “Poverty and Social Exclusion : A life Course Perspective” in association with Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Social Justice, IIPA, Lokashraya Foundation, New Delhi||April 2018||(View Webpage)|
|Webinar on “International Rivers and the emerging legal challenges”; a talk by Mohan Katarki, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India||May 2020||(View Webpage)|
|Webinar on “The Right to Health and Access to Healthcare”; a talk by Gopal Subramanium, Former Solicitor General of India||May 2020||(View Webpage)|
|A talk on “Good Publication Ethics” by Arun S. Kharat||February 2020||(View Webpage)|
|Webinar on “Making Things Happen in the Government: Ethical Dilemmas of a Civil Servant” by Anil Swarup, former Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Government of India||July 2020||(View Webpage)|
|Workshop on “Practice of Nuclear Liability, Compensation and Insurance: National and International Experience”||August 2016||(View Webpage)|
|Economics Seminar Series –“The Application of Labour Laws, Employment Outcome and Assessment of Workers’ Bargaining Power: Some Recent Trends from India” by Anamitra Roy Chowdhury||September 2016||(View Webpage)|
|A talk on “Philosophy of Biology and Ethics in Biology Research and Education” by Kambadur Muralidhar||September 2016||(View Webpage)|
|3 Day Litigation Clinic for law students and young lawyers||October 2016||(View Webpage)|
|5 Day Certificate Programme on Environment Law, Regulation & Policy in Practice||December 2015||(View Webpage)|
|A seminar on “Nuclear power, radiation and regulation: A development perspective”||January 2016||(View Webpage)|
|‘UN International Law Commission and International Environmental Governance’ a talk by Aniruddha Rajput, Member, United Nations International Law Commission (2017-21).||April 2020||(View Webpage)|
|Neeraj Aarora, Advocate-On-Record, Supreme Court of India, International Arbitrator and Computer Forensics Expert spoke at a webinar and training session on ‘Cyber Security and Law’ organised by CPGLS.||June 2020||(View Webpage)|
|A lecture on ‘Why have Judges?’ by Gabrielle Appleby||August 2018||(View Webpage)|
|Dr. Hamish Rennie, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment, Lincoln University, delivered a talk on “This River is a Person! A revolutionary development in environmental planning?”||August 2018||(View Webpage)|
Some of the courses cover various aspects of constitutional obligations, rights, duties, and responsibilities, which are as follows:
|Course Title||Module Title||Link to Course Outline|
|Law, Society and Sustainable Development||Key legal concepts||(View Document)|
|Webinar on “Relevance of Fundamental Duties amid COVID-19 Pandemic”;a talk by Gopal Sankaranarayanan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India||April 2020||(View Document)|
|7th Certificate Course on Nuclear Energy and Law||March 2020||(View Document)|
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