Bangalore : The flagship conference of the Tibet Policy Institute, Young Tibetan Research Scholars’ Conference was held in collaboration with the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru. The inaugural ceremony of the three day conference was attended by the Chief Guest, Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery, Venerable Geshe Tashi Tsering; Special Guest, Sonam Gyaltsen, Senior Lecturer of the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah; Dr. Bhumo Tsering, Principal, the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education and Mr Tenzin Lekshay, Deputy Director of the Tibet Policy Institute.
During the inaugural ceremony, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Tibet Policy Institute and the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education. This will set out guidelines for future collaboration between the two institutes. In his keynote address, Geshe Tashi Tsering spoke on the importance of collaboration between various Tibetan institutions. He said: “From my experience after spending many years abroad, the need for collaboration is essential. For instance in Bylakuppe, there are many clinics for over 25,000 Tibetans. The resources of these clinics could be pulled together to build a state-of-the-art hospital and that will be more beneficial for the welfare of the community.”
In the conference, over 40 Tibetan researchers presented their research findings and also two plenary sessions were held by inviting senior scholars on Tibetan studies. This year, more than 100 participants participated in the conference which includes the selective students and faculties of the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bangalore.