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Dalai Lama inaugurates first Tibetan college in India

February 18, 2009

[Tuesday, February 17, 2009 15:15]

Dharamsala, February 17: Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai
Lama Monday officially inaugurated and unveiled the name of the first
Tibetan college of the exile Tibetan community set up in India.

The first Tibetan college of its kind established by the Tibetan
Children’s Village is named “The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher
Education” and is located near the South Indian city of Bangalore.

Around 3000 people, including Tibetans from the nearby Tibetan
settlements and some 300 Bhutanese students studying in Bangalore
attended the function.

In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his gratitude to
the Karnataka state government for its support in facilitating the
establishment of Tibetan settlements and important centres of learning
Tibetan religion and culture in south India.

The Tibetan leader specifically urged the Bhutanese students to study
Buddhism, saying that the teachings of Buddha (Kangyur and Tengyur) form
the basis of the spiritual learning for both Tibetans and Bhutanese alike.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama inspects the model-design of the Tibetan
college in Bangalore. The college, built on 37 acres of land, will
initially house about 500 students. (Photo:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama inspects the model-design of the Tibetan
college in Bangalore. The college, built on 37 acres of land, will
initially house about 500 students. (Photo:
Dr G Parameshwar, former minister of state for higher education of
Karnataka State and Mr Kunga Dorjee, chief representative for Tibetan
settlements in south India, and several officials associated with
educational institutions were present at the ceremonial function.

Lauding the Tibetan Children's Village for its pioneering effort in
establishing the first Tibetan college, Dr Parameshwar expressed his
hope that it would go a long way in shaping the college academic
curriculum that would be carried out by the educational institutions in
future Tibet.

In wishing success to the college, Dr Parameshwar announced a donation
of Rs 500,000 to it.

The college, located on Mysore road, some 27 kms from Bangalore city,
will initially house about 500 students with further plan to increase to
3000 depending on the availability of funding, according to a report on
the official website of the Tibetan Government-in-exile.

With a prime mission to inspire Tibetan students to learn Tibetan
language and culture as they continue to pursue their further studies,
the college will provide a broad spectrum of study curriculum, including
science, arts, counseling and, computer and information technology studies.

The college started its first academic session with a teachers' training
course in August last year with 71 students and 13 staff members. Having
successfully completed their training course, Dr Parameshwar presented
certificates to those students during the function yesterday.

On behalf of the administration, Mr. Ngawang Dorjee, principle of the
college and formerly the educational director of the Tibetan Children’s
Village, extended his gratitude to all the well-wishers and donors for
their invaluable contributions.
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