Dharamsala: The Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies will confer an honorary degree on Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
Dr Kalam will receive an honorary D.Litt. Degree at the 13th convocation ceremony of the CIHTS on Thursday, March 6, 2008, at the institute’s Atisha Hall, according to official sources.
The Tibetan higher learning institute will also confer the honorary degree on Prof. Ajan Sulak Sivaraksa, an internationally renowned Buddhist scholar from Thailand. Mr Sulak is also the founder and president of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists.
During the convocation, the instituteâ€™s director Prof. G. N. Samten will award the Degrees to the students who have successfully completed and passed their examinations in the fields Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan Medicine (Bhot Chikitsa Vidya) and Tibetan Astrology (Bhot Jyotish) during the academic session 2005 â€“ 2007.Vidya Varidhi (Ph.D), Acharya (M.A.), BTMS (Bachelor of Tibetan Medicine and Surgery) and Shastri (B.A.) degrees of the institute will be conferred on the students.
CIHTS is also a premier Research Institute, with a substantial staff of research scholars and many visitors from other academic Institutions in India and from around the world. It provides a platform for interaction between Buddhist and non-Buddhist Indian philosophical schools; between Buddhist and Western Philosophers; and between Buddhist scholars and scientists.