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Indian students in New Delhi attend 'A Day for Tibet' event

September 2, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
September 1, 2009

Dharamshala: The schoolchildren and college
students in New Delhi are dedicating their time
for 'A Day for Tibet' program, a year-long event
organised by India Tibet Coordination Office
(ITCO) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
Tibetans in exile and to pay gratitude to India.

"This program is aimed to express our gratitude
to the government and the people of India. It is
also to create awareness about the issues of
Tibet to the Indian students," said Mr Tenzin
Lekshey, ITCO's coordinator based in New Delhi.

The program features talks on Tibet, film screening and photo exhibition.

Program at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce

India Tibet Coordination Office and Delhi College
of Arts and Commerce (DCAC) jointly organized 'A
Day for Tibet' at DCAC Auditorium on 31 August
2009. The program started with the screening of
'Thank You, India' theme song presented by the
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts to
commemorate "Thank You India: 50 Years of Tibetans in Exile".

Dr. M.S. Rawat, Principal of DCAC inaugurated the
program with few lines on Tibet issues. Kalon
Tempa Tsering, the representative of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama spoke on Tibetans in Exile and
outlined the the historical background of
Tibetans refugees since 1959. He mentioned that
India is a good host for the Tibetans for the
past 50 years and had helped Tibetans in many
ways to rehabilitate and educate the Tibetans. He
also dealt upon the non-violent struggles of
Tibetans during the early stage of exile in terms
of psychological trauma and physical hardships.

Mr. Tenzin Lekshay, Coordinator of India-Tibet
Coordination Office spoke on the importance of
marking this day for Tibet. He emphasised that it
is not only to show our gratitude to the Indian
public and her government but also to create
awareness on Tibet which is very much needed for
the Indian younger generation to understand.

Later, ITCO presented several Tibet related books
to the college. A film of His Serenity the
Panchen Lama, "Tibet's Stolen Child" was screened.

This program was held with the support of History
Department, DCAC and Mr. Arun, President of the
History Association along with his colleagues coordinated this program.

Dayanand Public School

On 22 August 2009, ITCO organised a program in
Dayanand Public School in Model Town-3, Delhi.
The program was held in the school hall packed
with students and staff. Students above class VI
attended the program. The program began with the
screening of 'Thank You India' song presented by
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. Mr. Lobsang
of ITCO spoke on Tibetan culture and Mr. Tenzin
Lekshay, Coordinator, dealt on the present situation in Tibet.

After the talk, a documentary film on His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, A Compassion in Exile was shown.

Photo exhibition was also displayed for the understanding of students.

Mrs. Sandhir, the school principal, showed
immense concerns on Tibet and agreed to carry on
further awareness programs in the school in future.

On 19 August 2009, ITCO launched its first
program of 'A Day for Tibet' in Green Fields
School in Safdarjung Enclave, Delhi. All the
class IX students (more than a hundred) attended
the program along with teachers and headmistress
Mrs. Bedi in the school auditorium. Acharya Yeshi
Phuntsok, member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile
talked on Tibetan culture and Mr. Tenzin Lekshay,
Coordinator, ITCO spoke on Sino-Tibetan relations.

Photo exhibition on Tibet was on display and
leaflets on Tibet was distributed to all the students.

A Day for Tibet program is scheduled to held in
Kamla Nehru College, Hindu College and Indian
Institute of Mass Communication from 2-4 September.
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