Every first Saturday of the month, as a part of its shout-out campaign, DIIR’s Social Media Desk will be profiling a civil servant of Central Tibetan Administration. This week we are pleased to profile Shosur Tsewang Dolma, Additional Secretary at Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration.
Question: Could you briefly tell us about yourself?
Answer: Firstly I would like to extend my warm Tashi Delek to all the readers through this medium. My name is Shosur Tsewang Dolma and I am from Langchu district in Toe Ngari, Tibet. My father Gonpo has served as Welfare In charge of Langchu district for many years. He was renowned as Gopa Gonpo in the Toe Ngari Area. And almost everybody knows him. My mother’s name is Sithar. I have had several opportunities to study by the grace and blessings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.
To name a few;
1) Primary Education at Lower Transit School.
2) Matriculation at CST Dalhousie.
3) Successfully passed CST Shimla school on 19th May 1976.
4) Joined Force Academy in Dehradun from 19th May 1976 to 24th October 1977 as per government’s rule. Completed Secretary course there.
5) Studied Education Administration from Dehradun in 1978.
Question: Explain your job description and how best does your work represent you or vice versa?
Answer: How I become a part of CTA:
It is my past Karma, prayers, and accumulation of merits that I got the opportunity to work in the CTA.
It was my luck that I noticed the job announcement of Tibetan Exile Government when I arrived in Dharamsala in the year 1978. I applied and got selected. I was working as a Public relations officer at SBI that time.
I always wanted to be a part of CTA and serve the community. My parents and teachers inspired me a lot.
Worked under the department of religion and Information Department until I got the job placement order.
Appointment of CTA Staff:
1) Appointed Junior clerk on 15th August 1979 in Branch Security cum Welfare Office, Mcleod Ganj in Dharamsala.
2) Transferred to Bureau Of H.H The Dalai Lama on 15th March 1986 as Public Relation Officer.
3) Transferred to Chief Justice Commission, Dharamsala on 15th September 1992 on the post of Senior Clerk.
4) Transferred to Bureau Of H.H The Dalai Lama on 17th May 1995 as Rehabilitation Officer.
5) Transferred to Sataun as Settlement Officer on 25th April 1997.
6) Worked as Chief Secretary, Co-operative Society in Bylakuppe Delar on 11th February 1997.
7) Transferred to Herbertpur as Settlement Officer on 21st June 1999.
8) Appointed as Deputy Secretary at Health Department on 4th September 2000.
9) Transferred to Home Department on 4th February 2002, and working at the same department until today.
While working with different departments and settlements, it always went well with no obstacles. I think it happened because of the blessings of H.H The Dalai Lama; my parents and teachers, and my cooperative colleagues. I was grateful to them and I like to thank all of them through this medium.
At present, I am working in the welfare section of Home Department. Our duty is to look after the welfare of the Tibetans living in India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
To look after the old age home and taking care of old aged people.
Provide living facility to the destitute people.
Youth Empowerment Support.
Department of Home is one of the major departments of CTA. It consists of different duties and responsibilities. Having been associated with this Department for many years, I feel very much happy and satisfy. As a saying goes: Working together works!
Served as a committee member in Tibetan Youth Congress for three years from 7th October 1982 to 7th October 1985 and certified with job Excellency award.
Lifetime achievement award is given by Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche for 25 yrs service (1979-2007) service on 6th July 2007.
Received distinguished Civil servant award in the year 2010 from H.H The Dalai Lama.
Question: What inspired you to serve the Central Tibetan Administration?
Answer: My parents, teachers and the older generation of Tibetans are my inspiration and besides, I always wanted to be a part of CTA and serve the community.
Question: What does it mean for you to be a CTA civil servant?
Answer: I think I am very fortunate to get the golden opportunity to work as a CTA Staff.
Question: How best do you think you could make a difference to CTA?
Till now we are able to preserve our unique cultural behavior. We still have to work hard to save our precious tradition and culture.
Question: Who is your role model and why?
Answer: H.H The Dalai Lama is my role model because there is no one like him.
Question: What is your piece of advice for young Tibetans serving or wishing to serve at CTA?
Answer: Never forget your primary duty of being Tibetan and always work within the framework of CTA rules and regulation. And practice the following:
To those who are already working at Central Tibetan Administration
Performances are as given below:
- Loyalty: powerful and effective leaders demonstrate their loyalty to their vision by their words and actions.
- Keeping them updated: Efficient and effective leaders keep themselves updated on what is happening within their organization. They have various formal and informal sources of information in the organization
- Judicious use of power: Strategic leaders make a very wise use of their power, they must play the power game skillfully and try to develop consent for their ideas rather than forcing their ideas upon others. They must push their ideas gradually.
- Have wider perspective/outlook: Strategic leaders just don’t have skills in their narrow specialty but they have a little knowledge about a lot of things.
- Motivation: Very very important,- Strategic leaders must have a zeal for work that goes beyond money and power and also they should have an inclination to achieve goals with energy and determination.
- Compassion: Strategic leaders must understand the views and feelings of their subordinates, and make decisions after considering them.
- Self-control: Strategic leaders must have the potential to control distracting/disturbing moods and desires, i.e., they must think before acting.
- Social skills: Strategic leaders must be friendly and social.
- Self-awareness: Strategic leaders must have the potential to understand their own moods and emotions, as well as their impact on others.
- Readiness to delegate and authorize: Effective leaders are proficient at delegation. They are well aware of the fact that delegation will avoid overloading of responsibilities on the leaders. They also recognize the fact that authorizing the subordinates to make decisions will motivate them a lot.
- Articulacy: Strong leaders are articulate enough to communicate the vision (vision of where the organization should head) to the organization members in terms that boost those members.
12. Constancy/Reliability: Strategic leaders constantly convey their vision until it becomes a component of organization culture
To those aspiring CTA civil servant:
It is really a great opportunity to work under the leadership of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Use your full knowledge and capacity to build a sustainable CTA. I request you to work for the nation and its people.
Eventually, I pray for the long life of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and may the cause of Tibet prevail.