DHARAMSHALA: CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay interacted with a group of 60 Indian students and 8 Indian teachers of Alice Project school, Sarnath, on 27 June at Nyatri Hall in Gangchen Kyishong.
During the interaction, President Dr Lobsang Sangay talked about his personal journey from a small hamlet in Darjeeling in the foothills of the Himalayas to Harvard University the top academic institution in the world and then to Dharamshala as the President of the Central Tibetan Administration. He underlined the importance of hard work and education to achieve success in life.
He said that everybody, irrespective of one’s ethnicity, economic background or nationality, has an equal chance at success if you put in hard work and dedication. He explained that a ‘can do’ attitude is crucial to make anything possible in life.
He also talked about his recent visit to Israel and compared the Jewish struggle for a homeland with the Tibetan movement for freedom. He said if the Jewish people can achieve success after 2000 years of exile, the Tibetan people can do it too.
Dr Sangay further gave a brief introduction of the Central Tibetan Administration and its structure, policies and administration. He described Tibetan administrative work as a labour of love and called it ‘corruption free’ as the staff working in the administration are driven by a desire to work for the Tibetan cause rather than earn money.
He also expressed the Tibetan people’s gratitude to the government and people of India for hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people for the last six decades. “No country has done more for the Tibetan people than this great nation of India. Tibetans will always remain indebted to India,” he said.
The students are in Dharamshala on a special visit organised Universal Education School. The students earlier met His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his where they discussed secular ethics.
The Alice Project School has been pioneers in the teaching methodology of secular ethics in education. The founder of the Alice project was lauded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Bodh Gaya and the Project has been blessed by the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the school.