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TERI ends association with R K Pachauri

TERI has ended its last major association with R K Pachauri who has been facing sexual harassment charges with former finance secretary Ashok Chawla replacing him as the chancellor of the university.

The announcement of Chawla replacing Pachauri was conveyed to the students of the university on Tuesday by its pro vice chancellor Rajiv Seth.

Earlier named as the chairman of TERI, Chawla will replace Pachauri who had proceeded on leave after communicating that he will skip the institution’s convocation in March after a group of students refused to receive degrees from him.

Asked whether Pachauri’s association with TERI and its university has ended, Seth confirmed the development to PTI saying “Yes”.

He said, “Although the decision was taken during a meeting on August 19, we had a board of management meeting on Monday.

“So I thought it would be prudent to announce to the students only after that. I passed the information to the students today,” he said.

Asked whether Pachauri continues to remain on leave, Seth said, “There is a new chancellor now. So the leave automatically ceases”.

Asked when Chawla will join, Seth said, “He is already the chancellor. He (Chawla) is travelling as of 
now. He would be back by end of the week.”
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