Dharamshala: This morning, the Public Service Commission held an inaugural ceremony for the 12-day-long Tibetan language training workshop for CTA staff at College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah.
The ceremony was presided over by the Public Service Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur, accompanied by Secretary Tsering Yangkey, Principal Passang Tsering from Sarah College, and concerned staff Tenzin Lhakyi.
Principal Passang Tsering spoke to the gathering about the founding and evolution of the College and its primary role in the Tibetan exile community of training Tibetan teachers and CTA staff.
Public Service Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur addressed the gathering of the aim of organising this workshop, which is to promote and preserve the Tibetan language in exile community as it faces the threat of eradication and cultural genocide inside Tibet, while in the democratic system of India allows the learners complete opportunity to exercise the right to learn Tibetan.
He highlighted the paradoxical situation of the Tibetan diaspora, who are in danger of losing their language, and on the other hand, the interest shown by foreigners from developed nations in studying Tibetan culture and religion. He, therefore, urged the participants to take full opportunity of the workshop in learning Tibetan. He reminded the gathering of the gratitude owed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for the rejuvenation of Tibetan culture and religion after he arrived in India and the duty of the present generation as stakeholders of the Tibetan cause.
The 12-day workshop is funded by USAID and NDI.