A very intense two-day National Seminar on TIBETAN DIASPORA IN INDIA: EXPERIENCES AND CHALLENGES was held at the Christ University, Bangalore as a curtain raiser for the 53rd Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.
An array of scholars and eminent personalities delivered their papers and research works spread over VII sessions apart from the Inaugural and Valedictory functions. The subjects were as diverse and topical as History & Livelihood Issues, Challenges in Education, Policy Issues, Philosophical Implications of Buddhism, Building Relations with Local Communities and Health Status of Tibetan Women.
The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. Subramanium, Registrar of Christ University and Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, Chief Representative, Bangalore. The March 8-9 seminar was jointly organised by Christ University and Office of Chief Representative, CTA, Bangalore. Dr. Pritha Das Gupta, Head of Sociology Department and Dr. Om Prakash, Assistant Professor of the Department, were main organisers of the most successful and meaningful seminar.
Dr. Jeevan Kumar, Dept. of Political Science, Banaglore, Dr. Ganesh Somayaji, Head of Dept. of Sociology, Goa University, Mr. PK Gautam, IDSA, Delhi, Dr. Kurian Kachapilay, Dr. M. Ramakrishnana, MSU, Dr. Rajesh Kharat, JNU, Dr. Grace Henry, St. John’s Medical College, presented thought-provoking papers. Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, Chief, Representative, Dr. Kunchok Tsundu, Chief Planning Officer, CTA, Mr. Jampa Phuntsok, Representative, Rabgyaling Tibetan Settlement, Ms Tenzin Namgha, Research Scholar, Christ University and Mr. Rinzin Dorjee, Research Scholar, Madras University, Chennai were the Tibetan resource persons. A few MA students of the Department also presented their papers on Tibetan diaspora.
The rigorous presentations, panel discussions and debate were graced with delightful but graceful cultural performances by Tibetans students in Christ University at the inaugural and valedictory functions were greatly appreciated and applauded. Avaloketeshvara, a mime performed by students of Sociology Department, at the inaugural session was not only symbolic but utterly impressive.
The issue of Tibetans in Tibet was brought to focus by presenting video compilation of DIIR on self-immolations and the smuggled Chinese reportage on the brutalities of Chinese at the Drogde area. It generated immense response and outpouring of support for Tibetans.
The authorities of the University headed by the Registrar, Prof Mallika Krishnaswami, Dean, Humanities & Social Sciences, Dr. J. W. Lobo Director International Office graced the seminar. The faculty of the Sociology Department, including Prof. John Joseph Kennedy, Dr. (Fr) Jose C. C. Director, Ms Suparna Kar, Coordinator and Dr. Joyce Georgina John, Assistant Professor of the Department attended the seminar in full strength.
Besides, the seminar was attended by a big audience throughout, including the participants of the seminar, students of Sociology Department, Tibetan students in the University and other Tibetans in Bangalore.