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When Yale University decided to establish its new Climate and Energy Institute in March the choice of Rajendra K. Pachauri to head it came as no surprise. Pachauri, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, has after all set up Asia’s first university focused entirely on sustainable development.

In 10 years — a short span for a university — Pachauri’s TERI University has made a name for itself in the rapidly growing field of sustainable development. The New Delhi university has won praise from industry executives and academics who say the institution is tackling some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including poverty and pollution, and has the brainpower to make a difference.

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