Mussoorie: President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay visited Central School for Tibetans and Tibetan Homes Foundation in Mussoorie on 18 October.
On his visit to CST Mussoorie, CTA president was received by Principal, Rector, staff and school band with a traditional welcome. Dr Sangay made sure to handshake with every student before attending the main event at the school prayer hall.
School Principal, Anita Narula in her welcome address extended a hearty welcome to the CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay as the chief guest of the event. “With the blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I am serving as the principal of the CST for a different cause,” she said.
Dr. Sangay in his address stressed on the importance of having self-confidence while interacting with others. He elucidated the point by citing how great Tibetan scholars had mastered Sanskrit language and preserved Buddhism intact in Tibetan Language.
Highlighting the Tibetan achievement in the field of literacy, he added that the Tibetan literacy rate is 94% and that “Comparatively to Indian counterpart and any other South Asian nations in terms of literacy rate Tibetan comes first.’’
Quoting Ganghi’s words: be careful, be aware of what you seek, you will say it, be aware of what say, you will do it, it becomes your habit, be aware of your habits, it will becomes your character, and your character becomes your destiny, Dr. Sangay asked the students to be studious and also to keep their minds at ease to master up learning skills. “You all should be studious, but keep your mind at ease in order to master up learning skills,” he further added.
He distributed prizes sponsored by Department of Education for the highest marks scorers in Tibetan Language in 2016-2017.
Dr. Sangay also had an open interaction with the students. Principal Anita Narula, Rector Bhutuk Shastri, General secretary Karma Chungdak and Deputy general Gedun Rinchen were present at the event.
Rector, Bhutuk Shastri spoke about the CST Mussoorie as the first ever Tibetan school in exile established on 3 March 1960 with initial 50 students. He also read the school progression report.
Central School for Tibetans, Mussoorie was envisioned and founded way back in 1960 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and late Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, when His Holiness was accommodated in Birla Niwas in Happy valley. Presently the school educates over 551 students.
-Filed by Correspondent Tenzin Jigme, DIIR-