The primary responsibility of the Department of Security is to ensure the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Department has a Branch Security Office which arranges public audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and helps Tibetan refugees in seeking renewal of their refugee registration certificates from the Government of India. The Department also runs a research unit to monitor developments in Tibet and China.

In addition, the Department of Security runs three Reception Centres to look after the growing number of new refugees arriving from Tibet. The refugees usually arrive first in Nepal, from where they make their way to Dharamsala and other Tibetan communities via Delhi. There are branch reception centres in Kathmandu and Delhi, where new refugees are given food and lodging, and guided to their onward destinations. The Reception Centre also helps the new refugees to find jobs, join schools and monasteries.

Contact Address Secretary Department of Security Central TIbetan Administration Dharamshala-176215 H.P., India Tel: +91-1982-222254, 224954 Fax: +91-1892-223038 E-mail: