TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute governing council on Friday, 12 Feb. 2016 asked executive vice chairman RK Pachauri to go on indefinite leave. Former director general of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Ajay Mathur was on late Thursday night appointed as the new TERI-DG.
Ashok Chawla who is a former Competition Commission of India chief has been nominated to take over Pachauri’s post. RK Pachauri is involved in a second sexual harassment case now, was removed by the green body last year but was brought back again in the capacity of executive vice chairman.
“Mathur will take up his new responsibilities as soon as he is in a position to do so, subsequent to being relieved from his current responsibilities by the government after a brief period of transition,” the statement said.
According to TERI, the issue of succession to the current leadership was first discussed in detail by the general council in its meeting held in Mumbai in September, 2014.
“The decision to appoint Ajay Mathur is the culmination of an extensive search process and an intensive evaluation of candidates from across the globe,” TERI said.
“We hope the GC is certain that the 1,200 people working for TERI in different parts of the world would welcome this development,” it added.
Mathur holds a PhD and a Master of Science from the University of Illinois and completed his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Roorkee.
RK Pachauri was granted defensive bail on 21 March but was directed not to enter the TERI offices till investigation is complete. On 17 July, a court allowed the environmentalist to visit the offices, except two establishments in one of which the complainant worked.
After the sexual harassment complaint, Pachauri stepped down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI as its director general.
TERI University students and alumni wrote a letter to the acting vice chancellor on Wednesday, critical the appointment of Pachauri as executive vice chairman of the organization.
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