DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration expresses deep sadness and condolences at the sad demise of Mr. Kelsang Wangchuk, a former Tibetan civil servant of the Central Tibetan Administration. Kelsang Wangchuk la passed away in Toronto, Canada on 23 January 2014 following a brief illness.
Mr. Kelsang Wangchuk was born in Khakha valley in central Tibet’s Gyantse district in 1937. His stint as a Tibetan civil servant began in 1960 when he was appointed as a translator at Shimla Tibetan Camp on the post of Senior Clerk. He served in that capacity until 1977.He also served as the head of a Tibetan Printing Press and the in-charge of the Department of security’s branch office from 1960-1977.
From 1977 to 1992, he served as the Tibetan settlement Officer in various Tibetan settlements including Bomdila, Kullu and Majnutilla. He also served as the head of the Tibetan reception centre in Delhi and Dharamshala as well as the Director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and the manager of Tibetan Handicraft centre in Shimla during that period.
In 1992, he was promoted to the post of Joint Secretary. He was transferred to Kalimpong in 1993 as the sole Tibetan Settlement Officer of Kalimpong and Darjeeling Tibetan settlements.
He retired from Tibetan civil service in 1995.
Mr. Kelsang Wangchuk has dedicated more than 35 years of his life towards the Tibetan administration. He has wholeheartedly served the Tibetan community in various capacities during his long and accomplished tenure from 1960 -1995.