BANGALORE: The CTA Chief Representative, South Zone in collaboration with the Global Tibetan Students Union (GSTU) launched the first Tibetan students’ leadership summit in Bangalore with the aim of understanding the role of CTA can play in mitigating the challenges faced by Tibetan students and outlining a plan that complements the CTA’s 5/50 vision for the future of Tibet.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Chief Representative of South Zone Chophel Thupten, who was the Chief Guest, called on the participants to use the platform to identify challenges, find solutions, and create a plan to deliver the common vision for fostering unity and strengthening the relationship between the CTA and Tibetan students, and also among themselves, education, and motivation among Tibetan youth.
While launching the summit, GTSU President Nyima highlighted the need for members to collaborate and work seamlessly with each other to achieve their common aim. In a similar vein, GTSU Vice President Wangchen Topgyal emphasised the importance of having a vision for the future and taking responsibility to achieve it through consistent effort and dogged determination.
The two-day long summit, which began on Saturday, is structured into various sessions and modules that touch on various aspects of the future of the Tibetan people, in general, and the youth, in particular. These include a session on Buddhism, and also discussions on how best GTSU chapters can work cohesively with other Tibetan student associations, as well as how best to promote and preserve Tibetan culture, language, and identity.
In addition, the student representatives will understand strategies to prepare them for the career opportunities of tomorrow and share their views on what role they believe the CTA should play in helping the Tibetan youth.
“Our aim is to create a more holistic understanding about the CTA, including the work of the CTA South Zone office, and serve as a bridge between students and the CTA to create an enduring impact. We want to do this by hearing from you – what are your challenges, how can we help you, and what role you’d like us to play,” Thupten said, as he assured the students of the full support and commitment of his office.
In his concluding remarks, Thupten advised the student leaders to use any available opportunity to volunteer for leadership roles within the community, adding that such opportunities will ready them for leadership roles in the future. Similarly, he recommended student leaders to impart the significance of learning through reading and training programs to their peers, and also the importance of being true to one’s moral values.
At least 32 student representatives from 12 different Tibetan students associations across major South Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, and Manipal are participating in this two-day summit, which concludes on Sunday. The summit also includes a three-hour long tour to Vidhan Soudha, the seat of Karnataka state legislature, on Saturday.
-Filed by CTA Chief Representative, South Zone