ITCO, 20 March 2017, New Delhi – Twenty four students of Indian Institute of Mass-communication, New Delhi took part in an educational excursion to Dharamshala under the media outreach program of Delhi based India Tibet Coordination Office.
During the three days excursion, from 15-18 March 2017, the students met with officials of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamshala to learn about Tibet’s political, cultural and identity struggles in exile.
Some of the eminent personalities whom the students met were Mr Sonam Norbu Dagpo, one of the senior most bureaucrats of CTA and currently the Secretary of Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) and Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
Thereafter, Mrs Dechen Palmo and Ms Tenzin Palden of Environment and Development Desk (EDD) under the CTA research centre, Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), talked about Tibet-Water Tower of Asia and Global Significance of Tibetan Plateau.
The students were in awe when they visited Tibetan Children Village (TCV) school. They were inspired to see how the Tibetan diaspora were successfully providing not only modern education to the young generation but also nurturing the sense of belonging to one’s community and subsequently, preserving one’s unique culture, religion and language.
The students were briefed by President of TCV School Mr Thupten Dorji on the inception, history and the role of TCV schools in the nonviolent struggle of Tibetan people.
The students delegation also visited Library of Tibetan Works & Archive and listened to an enriching talk on Importance of Tibetan Buddhism in modern society, delivered by Mr Yeshi Dhondup, the Managing editorial of Tibet journal. The students also visited the museum of LTWA.
During the visit to Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat, the Deputy Speaker, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok welcomed the young journalists to Dharamshala and gave an elaborate presentation on the structure and functioning of the Tibetan parliament. The students also got the opportunity to observe the on-going budget session in the Parliament.
Later, Mr Thupten Samphel, Director of Tibet Policy Institute (TPI) briefed the students on ”India China Relations and the Questions of Tibet”.
In the afternoon of 17 March, Tibetan Settlement office of Dharamshala organised an interactive session between the visiting students of journalism and Dharamshala based Tibetan NGOs including Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tibetan Woman Association (TWA), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), Students for Free Tibet (SFT) India, and community based organisations (CBO) Lha Association, Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolutions, Active Non-violence Action Centre and Tibetan Handicraft Cooperative Society of Dharamsala.
The Tibetan NGOs and CBOs briefly introduced their organisations followed by an interactive session which was chaired by Ms Nyima Lhamo, Asia Coordinator, International Tibet Network.
The Tibetan Settlement Officer, Mr Dawa Rinchen also gave a brief talk to the students.
The students also visited Tibet Museum and Tsuglagkhang temple in the evening as well.
India Tibet Coordination Office also organised orientation program of the students, prior to the educational visit, at IIMC campus on 7 March 2017. The orientation was led by Mr Jigmey Tsultrim, Coordinator of the office. The office distributed Tibet related publications to the students after the program.
-Report filed by ITCO-