The TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) 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. In October 2006, the TERI School of Advanced Studies was re-named TERI University, with the approval of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and was known as such till November 2017.
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, TERI SAS 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 School started functioning from its green campus, located in Vasant Kunj, in 2008 and today offers thirteen Masters programmes and has nearly 200 PhD students enrolled. It has started work on developing two new campuses, one at Hyderabad, Telangana in the southern India and the other at Guwahati, Assam in the north-eastern India and hopes to start offering academic programmes from these campuses by 2019.