Dalai Lama marks 50 years of Dalhousie Tibetan School

Dharamsala: For an exiled community, 50 years of foundation of a school was a big occasion that brought together over 700 former students to their Alma mater and the function was presided over by none other than His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the spiritual guiding force for all Tibetans.

As chief guest for the Golden Jubilee Year of the Central School for Tibetans, Dalhousie the Dalai Lama held a short teaching session on the school ground today before returning to Dharamsala, a little while ago. The main function was held yesterday.

Dalai Lama being received by school children
Dalai Lama being received by school children

Former students who had attended the Dalhousie Tibetan School from 1963 to 2010 were among the 700 ex students who attended the golden jubilee celebration function.

Located in the picturesque hill station in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the school established in May, 1963 is one of the oldest schools directly administered by the Central Tibetan Schools Administration under the aegis of ministry of Human Resource Development of the Indian government.

Offering education from Kindergarten (KG) to 12th standard, the school presently has a strength of 232 students, which includes 163 in boarding. Besides children of refugee Tibetans, 64 Indian students are also on the rolls of the school.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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