Leh: Former Indian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, P Stobdan, called on the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh, Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd), at Raj Niwas Wednesday.
Stobdan informed about his tenure as the Indian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, his expertise in border-related issues along with his retirement from the service in 2018.
The LG informed about the need to tackle three major challenges in Ladakh, including the lack of water management, the issue of land management in Ladakh and the corruption and delay while carrying out developmental activities. He emphasised the need to kill procrastination, streamline these aspects and put everything on the correct path.
He also informed about the notification issued to the Head of Departments to meet the citizens of Ladakh three days a week to resolve their issues and grievances.
The LG and Stobdan also discussed other developmental and border-related issues.
Vice-Chancellor, Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) Choglamsar, Prof Rajesh Ranjan called on the LG at Raj Niwas.
The LG inquired about the Institute, the strength of students, its various branches, the medium of instruction at the Institute, the major departments of the Institute and efforts being made for the promotion of Bhoti at the Institute.
Prof Ranjan informed LG that CIBS, which is a Deemed to be University in Leh, is financed by the Ministry of Culture, GoI, and was established in 1959 to promote traditional knowledge.
He also informed that the Institute has three branch schools, including one at the CIBS main branch, Duzing Photang School at Zanskar and Bauddha Darshan Sanskrit Vidyalaya at Keylong in Himachal Pradesh. He informed that around 600 students have enrolled at the Institute which is affiliated with Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya.
Prof Ranjan informed that subjects such as Thangka painting, sculpting, Sowa Rigpa and woodcraft are taught at the Institute. He also informed about the plan to organise a national-level seminar for the promotion of the Bhoti language. He further informed about the 50 feeder schools at different monasteries in Ladakh which are affiliated with CIBS.
The LG instructed Prof Ranjan to organise a student exchange programme for students of CIBS with the government of Arunachal Pradesh and other states/UTs where Bhoti is taught. He also instructed Prof Ranjan to introduce computer classes in feeder schools at monasteries to attract more students. He emphasised the need to provide nutritious food to monk students at the feeder schools in monasteries.
- December 7, 2023