DHARAMSHALA: India Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO) organized a four days educational tour for the final year Master’s degree student of English Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass communication, (IIMC) New Delhi to Dharamshala from 16-19 February 2012. The Study tour was initiated to enhance better understanding and awareness about Tibet and its freedom struggle.
Around 28 students and a staff visited Dharamshala and had a meetings and programs with officials of Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan NGO’s and other institutions.
On the first day, students had an interactive session with Mr.Thubten Samphel, Information Secretary, Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR). He spoke on Central Tibetan Administration and its establishment since 1959. Mr. Samphel further stated that with the support and help of Government of India, Institutions, Aids and Agencies, Tibetans are able to preserve their own unique culture, religion, identity, and language.
The visit also includes excursion to Tibetan Children’s Village school in Upper Dharamshala. Mr. Phuntsok Namgyal, Director of Tibetan Children’s Village gave a brief introduction on the formation and admission of schools, which mainly accommodates Tibetan children arrived from Tibet.
The students also had an interactive session with representatives of Tibetan NGO’s, Director of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, and Environment and Development Desk of DIIR. They visited Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute.
Gunjan Sharma, a student wrote that the excursion quenched his thirst for real field journalism. Another student, Lujairu T. Gangmei was amazed by the organizer’s well executed plans of program and complimented that, “the excursion was an enlightening experience”.
ITCO based in New Delhi distributed Tibet related books to the students. This is the eighth consecutive years of ITCO organizing the educational tour for the IIMC Delhi student.