OBITUARY: Mr. Phurbu Sithar
Thursday, 22 February 2007, 2:45 p.m.
Dharamshala: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) mourns the passing away of Mr. Phurbu Sithar, deputy secretary of Tibet Information Office in Canberra, Australia.
As a mark of respect, the CTA offices remained closed yesterday afternoon after an hour-long prayer session for the peace of his departed soul.
After a prolonged illness Mr. Sithar passed away on 18 February, which coincided with the first day of the Losar (Tibetan New Year). He was 56 years old.
He was born in 1951 in Tibet. He came to India in 1959 and joined the Central School for Tibetans, Bylakupee in 1962. After his high school graduation, he joined Don Bosco Technical School in Shillong, Assam.
Mr. Sithar served the exile Tibetan Administration for over two decades. He joined the CTA’s service on 1 March 1984 as Junior Office Secretary at the Tibetan Self-help Handicraft Centre, Shimla.
In 1987, he was transferred to Paonta Cholsum settlement in Himachal Pradesh.
In 1992, he was promoted to the post of Office Superintendent at the Tibetan Self-help Handicraft Centre, Shimla and later to the Section Officer’s post in 1993 as a settlement officer of Paonta Cholsum settlement.
In 1996, he was promoted to Under Secretary and then to Deputy Secretary in 1999.
From 1996 to 2001 he served as the settlement officer of Dickyi Larsoe Tibetan settlement in India.
At the same post, on 27 August 2001, he was deputed to the Tibet Information Office in Canberra, Australia.
In 2006, he was promoted to Joint Secretary, but Mr. Sithar refused the promotion.
The Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) sent a condolence message to his family members.
In the message, the DIIR offers its prayers for his soul and expressed its appreciation for his service to the exile Tibetan Administration at this critical stage of our struggle.
Mr. Sithar is survived by his wife and four daughters and one son.