The genesis of TERI University is rooted in the comprehensive research, consultancy, and outreach activities of TERI, 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.
The University was established and constituted on 19 August 1998 and was granted 'Deemed-to-be University' status by the University Grants Commission and notified vide Ministry of Human Resources Development, Department of Education, Government of India (notification no.F-9/19/95-U-3 dated 5 October 1999).
The relationship with TERI has propelled and influenced the evolution of its academic units. This relationship is enshrined in a memorandum of understanding between the University and TERI, wherein the two have agreed on collaborative research and programmes, joint studies, and mutual support for seminars, symposia, and conferences. TERI has also provided an initial corpus to financially support the University's establishment. Additionally, TERI's existing infrastructure -- state-of-the-art laboratories, well-equipped field stations, and highly professional manpower -- is available for TERI University to tap into and gain from.
With this consolidated base, in February 2002, TERI University also entered into a memorandum of understanding with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of the Yale University. In February 2003, TERI University signed MoU with