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Dr. Farooq Abdullah Urges the Nation to Transform the Promise of Boundless and Clean Energy into reality on TERI’s Foundation Day

August 17, 2011 - New Delhi, Delhi, India

Outlining India’s achievements in the field of renewable energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, assured that the government and his ministry, along with the support of think-tanks like TERI and leading corporates in the nation have launched major efforts to ambitiously move the country towards greater use of renewable energy resources, while ensuring the well-being of generations yet to come. This message came out strong at 10th Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture that marked the Foundation Day of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Commending TERI for its research in the field of alternate forms of energy, especially solar and acknowledging its contribution towards extensive research both in the country and abroad, Dr. Abdullah said “I am very happy to deliver this 10th Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture, and feel proud at this opportunity to pay tribute to a great son of this soil and a leader of industry who was a visionary of remarkable talent. Mr. Darbari Seth was possibly the first industrialist in India to use renewable energy on a large scale, which was the basis of production of soda ash at the Mithapur complex of Tata Chemicals. His dedication to promoting efficient use of all forms of energy and greater use of renewable energy is well known. It was his vision which resulted in the establishment of TERI which is not only a pioneer institution in this country, but one of the foremost centres of knowledge on sustainable development in the world.”

Speaking on the topic “Renewable Energy Future for India” Dr. Abdullah said “India has an installed base of 20,000 MW of Renewable Energy which it aims to increase to 70,000 MW in the next ten years and if we do not seize the opportunity now, future generations will have every reason to identify us as a selfish, shortsighted and an irresponsible generation.”

“For centuries, the Indian tradition has worshipped the Sun, the Wind, the Earth and the Water which are the sources of life, energy and creation. It is somewhat ironic that after over a millennium of amnesia and destruction, human kind is returning to the same elements - once revered and worshipped. I believe that it is still not too late. We have a real opportunity to transform the promise of boundless and clean energy to reality. From roof-top solar power in urban agglomerations during peak demand hours to megawatt size grid-connected power plants based to small decentralized and off-grid solutions in remote rural communities - the opportunities in renewable power are immense. We believe that governments, in their facilitative role, have to create an enabling ecosystem for promoting newer business models, technical as well as market innovations as well as for promoting basic and applied research. It is for organizations like TERI, entrepreneurs and stakeholders to rise to the challenge. My vision is to see that every citizen of the world has access to clean energy reliably and affordably. Today’s technology provides us this opportunity. It is for us to rise together to take advantage of these opportunities and translate to reality the vision of a better world for all mankind.”

Dr. Abdullah also dwelt on India’s National Solar Mission which he described as one of the most ambitious of its kind in the world. He also outlined India’s success in providing energy access through decentralized energy sources and explained how small standalone solar and biomass based systems are being used to provide energy to some of the farthest and remotest corners of India.

Earlier in his welcome address, TERI’s Director General Dr. R K Pachauri averred that The Energy and Resources Institute was indeed trying to live up to the expectations of the great visionary and the institute’s founder Mr. Darbari S Seth. Mr. Seth, a technocrat-industrialist, supported the establishment of TERI in the early 70's and under his guidance, the institute witnessed a meteoric rise - and today has emerged as a unique developing country institution that has spread to various parts of the globe.

Urging Terriers and the august gathering to draw inspiration from the life, values and the indomitable spirit of Mr. Darbari Seth, Dr. RK Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said, “The Tenth Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture is a suitable occasion to highlight the imperative need for India making a rapid transition to a renewable energy future. The objectives of energy security, environmental protection and mitigating the global emissions of greenhouse gases require India to build on the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Energy Mission in this overall effort.”

TERI’s Foundation Day ceremony felicitated 14 employees who had completed 20 years of service at TERI. The event also marked the announcement of the ‘Roll of Honours’ for 20 research professionals for their positive contribution in their respective fields. The mementoes and certificates were given away by Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Pachauri jointly.

Concluding the ceremony by highlighting the endeavors of Mr. Seth and his compassionate vision, and thanking the honorable guest Dr. Abdullah, TERI’s Executive Director, Dr. Vibha Dhawan, said, “Today’s lecture by the honourable Minister has given us a road map for the development of the country. India needs to break the barriers of the past and needs to succeed in the years to come in areas of energy security, resource management and sustainable development.”

In the past, Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture has brought great entrepreneurs and scientific luminaries like Mr. N R Narayan Murthy, Chairman and CEO of Infosys, Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India, Dr. K Kasturirangan, former Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman, World Tel Ltd., UK and Chairperson, National Knowledge Commission, India, Mr. Anand G Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., Mr. Mukesh D Ambani, Chairman & Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director, Biocon Limited, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director, Global Health (Medicity) and Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Group Chairman and Group CEO, Bharti Enterprises to share their vision. TERI has also been very fortunate in having a senior member of Union Cabinet of Ministers presiding over the lecture in the past such as Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Mr. George Fernandes, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde.

The enthralled audience at the Stein Auditorium in India Habitat Centre consisted of dignitaries, Senior Bureaucrats, Embassy/High Commission Officials, Entrepreneurs, NGO’s, Academicians, Scientists and Researchers.

About Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) initiated the Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture series in the year 2002, in the memory and name of the institute’s founder Mr. Darbari Seth. Mr. Seth was the visionary whose generosity and initiative was responsible for the establishment of TERI. Mr. Seth, a technocrat-industrialist, supported the establishment of TERI in the early 70's. Under his guidance, the institute witnessed a meteoric rise - and today has emerged as a unique developing country institution that has spread to various parts of the globe. The achievements of the institute he founded would have made Mr. Seth proud: From a modest Rs 3.5 crore corpus, it has grown more than a hundred fold. Even more importantly, TERI is recognized in India and internationally as the think tank on all issues related to sustainable development.

Source: Business Wire India


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