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CEC Gyalson, MP JTN, Advisor Kotwal attend first-ever Convocation ceremony of CIBS

CEC Gyalson, MP JTN, Advisor Kotwal attend first-ever Convocation ceremony of CIBS


Leh: Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Leh, Tashi Gyalson attended the first-ever Convocation ceremony of the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh (deemed to be University) Friday.

The function was presided over by the Union Minister of State for Culture/Chancellor CIBS, Meenakshi Lekhi, and graced by the esteemed presence of His Eminence, Thuksey Rinpoche. Member Parliament Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal; Member National Commission for Minorities, GoI, Rinchen Lhamo; Advisor to LG, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser to GoI, Ministry of Culture, Ranjana Chopra; Joint Secretary in Ministry of Culture, Amita Prasad Sarabhai; Director Buddhist & Tibetan Institutes (BTI), Ministry of Culture, Niraj Kumar, Vice Chancellor University of Ladakh, Prof. S.K Mehta; Vice Chancellor CIBS, Prof. Rajesh Ranjan; Vice Chancellor Nav Nalanda Mahavira, Prof. Ram Nakshatra Prasad, and President, Ladakh Gonpa Association, Ven Tsering Wangdus.

Other distinguished guests included Dy Chairman, LAHDC Leh, Tsering Angchuk; Executive Councillor for RDD, Tashi Namgyal Yakzee; Executive Councillor for Minority Affairs, Ghulam Mehdi Ashoor; Councillors of LAHDC Leh, Commissioner Secretary Tourism & Culture Ladakh, Kacho Mehboob Ali; various eminent scholars, representatives from different socio-religious organisations, district officers, and the students, parents, and degree holders of Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh.

In his keynote address, CEC Tashi Gyalson emphasised the historical significance of this day as the institution celebrated its inaugural convocation. He congratulated all the graduates and the doctoral degree holders for achieving milestones in their academic careers.

He highlighted the pivotal roles of eminent personalities headed by late Kushok Bakula Rinpoche in establishing this institution aimed at preserving the traditional Buddhist philosophy and its practices inherited from the legacy of the renowned Nalanda University.

The CEC also mentioned the collective efforts of all the individuals and stakeholders involved in successfully transforming the institute over the period and congratulated everyone on witnessing the historic moment all together today.

CEC Gyalson acknowledged the pivotal role of CIBS in socio-economic development of Ladakh over the years as it approaches its 65th anniversary on September 23rd this year. He added that under the abled leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CIBS in particular, and Ladakh at large have witnessed major developments across sectors after the formation of Union Territory.

He stated that CIBS is a close-hearted institution of Ladakh and it has been successfully able to preserve the age-old traditions and cultural aspects of Ladakh to date.

He also informed that a joint memorandum has been submitted to the Hon’ble Minister for her consideration, requesting the regularisation of contractual teachers at CIBS cluster schools located across Ladakh and the country.

To honuor and continue the legacy of the prestigious Nalanda University and its philosophical traditions, the CEC envisioned CIBS evolving into a state-of-the-art, Central University for Buddhist Studies in the near future.

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