DHARAMSHALA: Education Secretary Mr Ngodup Tsering has been appointed as a new Kalon of the 14th Kashag. The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile unanimously approved his nomination proposed by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay on the floor of the House today.
With the appointment of the new Kalon today, Sikyong, who also holds the portfolio for education department, has the stipulated number of seven Kalons in his cabinet.
Mr Ngodup Tsering was born on 1 July 1953. He is an alumnus of Punjab University, Chandigarh with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. He was also a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, formerly known as the Tibetan People’s Deputies from 1979-1982.
He joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1983, on the post of Deputy Secretary. He was initially posted at the Department of Education. In 1987, he was transferred to the Department of Home on the same post.
From 1991-1995, he served as the Director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA).
He was also the recipient of the Best Staff among gazetted officers in 1995, awarded by a Swiss based Tibetan Association.
In 1996, he was promoted to the post of Secretary and appointed as the new Secretary of the Department of Education. In 1999, he was transferred to the Department of Home of the Central Tibetan Administration as the home secretary.
From 2001-2008, he served as the president and the director of various Tibetan associations in the United States.
He was appointed as the secretary of the Department of Education again in 2012, under the 14th Kashag led by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay.