February 5, 2011
   Posted in News Flash
By Staff Writer

ITCO Organises Tibet
Awareness Programme for Students of Journalism in Dharamsala
[Saturday, 5 February 2011, 5:00 p.m.]

The India-Tibet Co-ordination Office based in New Delhi has brought to
Dharamsala a group of students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication
(IIMC) as part of its annual awareness programme on Tibet from 3 – 6
February.  The three-day programme in Dharamsala will take the
students to Tibetan educational and cultural institutions and
administrative offices of the Central Tibetan Administration of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. It will help the Indian students to know more
about the efforts made by Tibetans to keep alive their unique identity
and cultural heritage and their struggle to resolve the issue of Tibet.  The
students visited the Tibetan Reception Centre and interacted with the
director and some of the newly arrived Tibetan refugees yesterday.   They
also met Mr Thubten Samphel, Secretary, Department of Information and
International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration, who spoke
to them about “Sino-Tibet-India Relations”.  Later in the
afternoon, the students visited the Tibetan Children’s Village School.  Today,
the students participated in an interactive session with the
researchers of the Environment and Development Desk (EDD) of the Central
Tibetan Administration, which researches the environmental situation
inside Tibet.Interacting with the students, Ms Chokyi, an EDD
researcher spoke on the repercussions of melting of Tibetan glaciers and
construction of dams on Tibetan rivers in the neighbouring Asian
countries. Ms Chokyi elucidated how rising temperature on the
Tibetan plateau leads to rapid melting of a large number of glaciers on
the Tibetan plateau, known as the world’s third pole. The Tibetan
plateau, heating up at the rate of 0.3 degree Celsius per decade, which
is twice the global average rise, accelerates the melting of glaciers,
she said. The fact of glacier melt down in Tibet was corroborated by
using slide shows depicting comparative images of Tibetan glaciers,
including Rongbo mountains located on the northern slope of the Everest
in 1968 and 2007. She said destruction of environment in Tibet brings
about dangerous consequences in India. Facts have shown that outburst of
glacial lakes formed after the melt down causes disastrous flash floods
and land slides in areas located down streams such as in Bangladesh and
India’s Assam and Arunachal Pradesh regions, she said. Ms
Chokyi also talked about the problems faced by Tibetan nomadic herders
as they are forced to abandon their nomadic lifestyles and resettle in
concrete building under the Chinese government’s resettlement policy. Following
the talk, the students share their opinion and asked questions. A
student asked what efforts are being made by Tibetans to mobilise
international pressure on the Chinese government to halt degradation of
Tibet’s environment and nomadic lifestyles. Ms Chokyi said we are trying
to raise the issue on the international platform such as Asia Pacific
Greens Congress which adopted a resolution on the protection of Tibet’s
environment. So whenever we find a platform we try to bring up Tibet’s
problem and raise the issues with the international audiences, she
added.On being asked about how the media could play a
responsible a role in raising the issue of Tibet’s environment, Chokyi
said: “The media is doing a good work on this front, like in
highlighting the case of damming of Zangmu river in Tibet and other
study groups in India are taking keen interest in studying this issue
for the last few years. I think the media can a very important in
bringing up these issues, for which you need to do an in depth study of
the issue.” The students also visited the director of the
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy to know about the human
rights situation inside Tibet.

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