Department of Education Organises Second Leadership Workshop for Tibetan Youth

President Dr Lobsang Sangay, CTA leading a session on Leadership on the first day of the Leadership workshop for Tibetan youth, 15 June 2017. Photo/Tenzin Kunga/DIIR

Dharamshala: Kalon Ngodup Tsering, Department of Education, CTA today inaugurated the second series of the Leadership workshop for Tibetan students studying in colleges across India.

The three-day workshop is being organised by the Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration.

The workshop is being attended by 68 Tibetan youth studying in 13 different colleges in India, including Dalai Lama College for Higher Studies, JSS Law College, MSU Baroda, Delhi University, Miranda Homes, St. Josephs College, Darjeeling, Men Tsee Khang and six more.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, chief guest Kalon Ngodup Tsering spoke about education being the crux of the Five Fifty vision of the 15th Kashag and how the workshop aspires to nurture and prepare the youth to become a confident and responsible leader of the Tibetan cause.

He told the students he is reassured that the future is in their creative, talented, and skilled hands. “Those at the helm of the Chinese Communist Party should feel threatened by the unyielding spirit, potential and knowledge of our young vibrant leaders.”

He further said: “Äs Tibetans, there are musts to always keep in our hearts and minds: We must always carry our sense of identity as Tibetans; We must remember His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s blessing and his tireless efforts towards the happiness of Tibetan people and last, as we forge ahead towards a future, we must see the importance of the Central Tibetan Administration especially for unity, freedom and aspirations of the Tibetan people.

Education kalon Ngodup Tsering addressing the inaugural ceremony of the three-day Leadership workshop for Tibetan youth, 15 June 2017. Photo/Tenzin Kunga/DIIR

The first day was marked by a moving session on Tibet and Leadership by President Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration. In his hour-long session, President Dr Sangay highlighted keys to achieving leadership skills.

“At this point, all of you must have a well thought-out ambitions of what you want to become and how you can contribute to the community. Your plans and will should transmute to ambitions and later into actions,” said the president.

He urged the students to use the insights and information inculcated during the workshop for practical purposes at college and in life.

Following his presentation, President Dr Sangay engaged in an interactive session with the young Tibetan students.

Mrs Dolkar Wangmo, Chief Counselor of the Department of Education spoke briefly on the purpose and vision of the Leadership workshop for Tibetan youth. “The purpose of the workshop is to explore and enhance your leadership capabilities, and to equip you with the knowledge and leadership skills for the future of the Tibetan people,” she said.

Other speakers who will be taking the leadership sessions during the summit include Deputy Speaker, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, Chairman of Public Service Commission, Sonam Choephel Shosur, Chief Resilience Officer Kaydor Aukatsang, Secretary Dhardon Sharling, Department of Information & International Relations, Researcher Tenpa Gyaltsen and important Geshes.

The Leadership workshop for Tibetan youth will conclude on 17 June.

A young Tibetan student asking question to President Dr Sangay at the Leadership workshop for Tibetan youth.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with the participants of the second Leadership workshop for Tibetan youth.