As a part of Tibet Policy Institute’s annual outreach programme, a delegation of researchers are currently touring academic institutions in north eastern regions of India.
The delegation, comprising of Mr Tempa Gyaltsen and Dr Tenzin Desal are visiting academic institutions in Siliguri, Darjeeling and Sikkim. Another delegation of four researchers are simultaneously touring academic institutions in southern India.
The delegation left for this outreach programme soon after the conclusion of the fifth Young Tibetan Scholars’ Conference, which was held at the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bangalore from 1-3 September, 2019.
On reaching Siliguri, the researchers met with the faculty members of the Centre for Himalayan Studies at the North Bengal University, Siliguri. Dr Binayak Sundas, a faculty member at the centre facilitated the session. The researchers gave presentation to the members of the faculty, research scholars and students of the centre on 6 September, 2019.
Following the talk in Siliguri, researchers left for Kalimpong and gave a talk to senior students at the Central School for Tibetans, Kalimpong on 8 September, 2019. The researchers also met with with the rector of the school and Tibetan settlement officer of Kalimpong.
In Darjeeling, the researchers gave a presentation to the students of the Department of Political Science, St Joseph’s College, Darjeeling on 9 September, 2019. The researchers met with Mr Samir Sharma, a faculty member at the department, and also the head of the Department of Political Science. After completing the session, researchers from the Tibet Policy Institute also met with the faculty members of the Sociology Department.
On their final leg of the programme, the researchers gave a talk to a group of scholars and students at the Sikkim University. This talk was organised by Dr Sangmu Thendup of the Department of History, Sikkim University on 12 September, 2019. A group of students and faculty members from the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology also took part in the session. Later the researchers met with all the faculty members of Department of History and discussed furthering collaboration between the two institutes.
The researchers paid a visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology on 13 September, 2019 and met with a member of faculty of the institute.
After concluding the session, on their way back to Dharamsala, the researchers met with the director of the Centre of Himalayan Studies, North Bengal University on 14 September, 2019. The delation is due to arrive back in Dharamsala on 16, September.