Former TERI Chief And Environmentalist RK Pachauri Dies At 79

15 Février, 2020, 01:53 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Dr R K Pachauri ex-TERI chief environmentalist died

In a statement, his family said Pachauri underwent a major heart surgery before succumbing to his deteriorating health on Thursday. He had undergone open heart surgery at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute after suffering a stroke in Mexico in July previous year.

Pachauri is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. "He was the founder of TERI and head of the UN" s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. "Pachauri had also undergone an open heart surgery but his condition didn't improve", said a source, adding that Pachauri was taken home around 7pm on Thursday, where he breathed his last.

However, the world-renowned environmentalist's excellence in his field was overshadowed by a sexual harassment scandal involving a former woman colleague that culminated in his resignation from the prestigious institute in 2015.

"His courageous leadership allowed climate change to be recognized world over as the most pressing issue confronting the world and launched a new era of global deliberations and actions", news agency PTI quoted a statement from his family.

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TERI, short for New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute, expressed "immense sadness" over Dr Pachauri's death.

Stating Pachauri's "untiring perseverance", Mathur said the former TERI chief played the role in making us a leading organisation in the sustainability space. "Pachauri's contribution to global sustainable development is unparalleled". Pachauri was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2001 and Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

Charges were framed against him in 2018 and Pachauri had pleaded not guilty. Pachauri has denied all the allegations against him. An alumnus of the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar, Pachauri served in various positions in the Indian Railways, including at the Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi. During the court hearings, Pachauri had sought a speedy trial saying he and his family were suffering from hardship since 2015, when an FIR was lodged in the matter. An FIR was registered against Pachauri on February 13, 2015 and he was granted anticipatory bail in the case on March 21, 2015.

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