Department of Education

Department of Education is one of the seven main departments of the executive organ of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamsala, India. It was established in 1960 to look after the educational affairs of the Tibetan administration and community in exile. After coming into exile in 1959, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama had given top priority to education and requested the then Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for establishing separate schools for Tibetan refugee children.

The heart purpose of establishing separate schools for Tibetans in India was for provision of quality modern education and preservation of the Tibetan language and culture at the same time. This idea is commonly referred to as the twin-object of the Tibetan schools in exile and became the heart and soul of the Tibetan education policy. The overall level of success towards that object over the past 51 years has remained remarkably high. The Department of Education currently oversees 64 Tibetan schools – excluding the pre-primary sections and private schools – in India and Nepal under different autonomous administrative bodies. There are around 16,553 students and 2,145 staff members in these schools. The autonomous school administrative bodies include: Central Tibetan Schools Administration (6 schools), Tibetan Children’s Villages (16 schools), Tibetan Homes Foundation (4 schools), Sambhota Tibetan Schools Society (29 schools), and Snow Lion Foundation (9 schools). More information is available at