Mr Debajit Palit

Course Coordinator
Social Transformation
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mr Debajit Palit has more than 18 years of experience and is currently responsible for research, implementation and training activities in the field of renewable energy based off-grid/distributed energy generation, solar lighting and rural electrification policy and regulation in TERI.

Mr Palit joined TERI in the year 1998 and since then has handled around 30 projects as Principal Investigator/Team Leader. His experience ranges from policy and program formulation, through project design and implementation, to the design and development of biomass and solar energy technologies, as well techno-social monitoring and evaluation of decentralised energy projects and capacity building. He has earlier acted as a coordinator for a capacity building programme on Rural Electricity Distribution Franchise System in India under a USAID-DRUM-supported program on Training of Trainer's on Rural Electricity Distribution Franchising. He has led various projects supported by UN organisations, bilateral organisations, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and national governments, spread across India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Philippines in Asia, and Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Uganda in Africa.

He has written widely on energy access and rural electrification issues, particularly related to South Asia. He has published more than 30 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books. He has also edited books on rural electricity distribution franchisees and green mini-grids. He also participated in a number of national and international conferences and workshops across Asia, Africa, and Europe.

Since 2012, he has been is also representing TERI as the Convenor of the 'Lighting for All' Working Group under the Energy for All Partnership of the Asian Development Bank.

Mr. Palit holds a Master's degree in Physics and a post graduate diploma in Non-Conventional Energy Technology. He is currently pursuing a PhD in rural electrification policy from TERI University.