DHARAMSHALA: On 15 February 2012, Kalon Tripa inaugurated the Tibet Policy Institute at the Kashag Secretariat in Dharamshala. Kalon Tripa said the institute aims to carry out comprehensive research works on all aspect of Tibet-related issues, which he underlined would help the administration in framing policies for the next fifty years and making the Tibet issue a competent case on the international platform.

Kalon Tripa speaks during the Inauguration of TPI at Kashag Secretariat

The Kashag attaches great importance to the Tibet Policy Institute, Kalon Tripa said, adding that a clear and in-depth research materials on every aspect of Tibet issue would play a pivotal role in framing policies and plans for the next fifty years.

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By Gyaltsen

TCV School Gopalpur in its formative years (Photo: Phuntsok Namgyal)

Education in exile has crossed its 50 year landmark since the first Tibetan school was established in 1960 with 50 students. Over the past 50 years the education landscape of the exile community has changed drastically. The days have passed when infrastructural facilities were inadequate, when the schools were understaffed, when qualified teachers were scarce and curriculum resources limited. Today, we have 76 Tibetan schools spread across India and Nepal in which about 21,000 students are receiving an education. It is not just the numbers that has ballooned. Most of these schools are on par with Indian public schools in terms of infrastructure facilities, curriculum resources, teacher’s qualifications and administrative functioning. In 2004, a new Education Policy that can meet the unique basic needs of Tibet was officially launched. Since then various efforts have been made to put this policy into action by the Department of Education. 

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Towards a New Development Paradigm

On February 19, 2012

By Kaydor

Photo: K. Wiefling

It is the seventies. Tibetans are rooting at various refugee camps in South Asia. Signs point towards a drawn-out struggle as the Chinese government ruthlessly consolidates its illegal occupation of Tibet. Tibetan leadership finds itself in a difficult predicament of having to sustain a community in exile while also making maximum efforts to find a path home. Schools, clinics, monasteries, and other development projects are needed. Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) prepares brief project descriptions; often this is unnecessary as aid flows in generously from India and other concerned foreign governments.

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KORA with Malcolm X

On February 4, 2012

By Tenzin Nyinjey

On Sunday mornings, I often visit Tsuklakhang. However, unlike popo-las and momo-las walking around with prayer wheels and rosaries in their hands, I carry an I-pod and a backpack filled with a laptop and books. Apart from having an opportunity to read a few lines, while taking rest on a boulder in the mountains that echoes with melodies of chirping birds, the books in my backpack gives an added advantage—they shower me with that extra bit of weight on my shoulders, resulting in a sort of good physical exercise much needed by those of us who are engaged in so-called intellectual labor.

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