TERI appoints Ashok Chawla as New Chairman After R K Pachauri Sent on Leave

Facing flak, TERI’s executive vice chairman R K Pachauri on Friday (February 12) proceeded on leave from two other bodies — TERI and its governing council, which also appointed former Competition Commission chief Ashok Chawla as the new chairman in an apparent damage control measure. In its meeting, the council decided that Pachauri will be on leave from TERI, its governing vouncil and the university till further review by it, given the subjudice nature of the matter. “The Council welcomed former Competition Commission chief Ashok Chawla as its new Chairman. The Council looks forward to his leadership of this important institute. The Council also inducted the new Director General, Ajay Mathur as a Member of the Council who will operate with full executive powers,” TERI said in a statement after its governing council met. The council met to discuss “key issues” relating to the functioning of the organisation. When asked whether Pachauri was forced to go on leave or he took the decision voluntarily, TERI declined to comment on it only saying, “Our version has been made clear in our statement. There is no connotation to it.” Chawla, who was also the former finance secretary, was appointed the new chairman after B V Sreekantan resigned recently after being a Member of the Council for over 40 years.

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