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Prof. Arun Kansal Prof. Arun KansalVice-Chancellor(Acting), TERI SASProf. Arun Kansal is a Professor in the Department of Regional Water Studies and the Director of the Centre of Excellence at TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), New Delhi. He has professional experience of over 28 years of interdisciplinary research, consulting, and teaching. He pursued his Ph. D. degree in Environmental Engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; M.Tech. (Environment) and B.E. (Civil) from the Civil Engineering Department, Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering Nagpur.

International experience: Prof. Kansal has served as ICCR Chair Professor (sponsored by MoEA, GoI) for Environmental Science and Policy at Freie Universität, Germany (2010–2011). Later, he served as a lead author for IPCC AR5, WGIII. He has been an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK (2011–14), Visiting Professor at the University of Derby, UK (2015–2018), Key Technology Partner Visiting Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, and Co-Lead, Thematic Working Group on Water, HUC, ICIMOD, Kathmandu. He has secured several project grants from multilateral organizations, the GoI, Corporates, and foundations. He led, designed, and executed an international e-learning program on ‘Sustainable Development Practices in Public Policy’ for mid-career policymakers. The program was under the aegis of UNU-IAS, Japan, in collaboration with Tongji University, China; Universiti Sains Malaysia; the University of the South Pacific, Fiji; and AIT, Thailand. He got opportunities for several international visits wherein he had a chance to interact with scholars from prestigious institutions in the UK, USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Ireland, Thailand, Malaysia, Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, etc.

Administrative and leadership experience: He had served as Dean (Research and Relationship), Dean (Academic), IQAC coordinator, and Head of the Department. In the year 2014, he was instrumental in securing grants to establish the Department of Regional Water Studies at TERI SAS. In the year 2022, he established the Centre of Excellence for Waste Management and Research at TERI SAS. He has received the Best Teacher award from GGS Indraprastha University and Roll of Honour from TERI.

Prior to joining TERI School of Advanced Studies, he worked for the School of Environment Management, GGS Indraprastha University for about nine years, TERI for about 4 years, and NEERI for about a year.

List of previous Vice Chancellors at TERI School of Advanced Studies:  

Prof. Prateek Sharma, Vice Chancellor (Acting) (November 2021 - November 2023)
Prof. Eklabya Sharma (April 2021 - November 2021)
Prof. Manipadma Datta, Vice Chancellor (Acting) (July 2019 - April 2021)
Prof. Leena Srivastava (March 2016 - July 2019)
Prof. Leena Srivastava (January 2013 - February 2015)
Prof. Bhavik Bakshi (2010 - 2012)
Prof. P P Bhojvaid (2009 - 2010)
Prof. Vibha Dhawan (2005 - 2008)
Prof. T P Singh, Director (2003 - 2004)