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Dharamshala — The overall growth of children depends on the need to invest in education and the role of parents, said Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay at the inauguration of the First Parents’ Conference of Tibetan Schools on Tuesday, August 11. The three-day conference was organized by the Department of Education at the Lower TCV School.

While laying emphasis on the efforts made by the Central Tibetan Administration, the Sikyong stated that the Kashag had made ‘Education’ a priority. He said that the present Kashag had spent Rs 400 lakh for scholarships in the past year vis-à-vis Rs 90 lakh that was spent a decade ago. According to him, the scholarships enlisted this year would be even higher than Rs 400 lakh. In terms of the beneficiaries, this year 600 students were awarded Sherig scholarships
as compared to 135 students ten years ago.

Of these 600 Sherig scholarships, 300 awardees are pursuing professional studies under DoE’s programme, 200 students are studying under the aegis of the TCV and Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie, and many professional students are based in overseas countries.

Recalling the promise he had made in 2011 about producing ten thousand professionals in the next two decades, the Sikyong said that he has been reasonably fulfilling his promise by nurturing at least 500 professionals annually.

He further reiterated that Tibetan students must put in extra efforts in view of the enormous challenges in terms of human resources faced by Tibetans vis-à-vis China. Taking note of the colossal differences in manpower, he emphasized that the purpose of Tibetan students’
education was not merely for one’s own prosperity and success in life.

“The responsibility of educating the minds of our youth doesn’t rely solely on the teachers. Instead, cooperative involvement from the administration and the active involvement of parents are equally important,” he said.

Sikyong emphasized that for an overall growth of children, parents must back and support the efforts made by the teachers and the children themselves. He also said that the parents should act as role models for their children.

Addressing the gathering, Education Kalon Mr. Ngodup Tsering called for parental responsibility and support to have proper education of children. “Children should have learning-friendly environments both, at school and home. It is essential that parents should know that
their thoughts and behavior could leave great impact on the upbringing of their children,” Education Kalon added.

Pointing out the progressive result of class XII board exam, he said that 218 Tibetan students in 2011 had scored more than 75%, which later increased to 283 in 2013, and 321 in 2014. 443 Tibetan students scored above 75% this year, which shows 250% increase within these four years. The current graph is good but we still have room for improvement, the Kalon added.

Around 250 parents from 43 Tibetan settlements across India participated in the conference. The president of TCV, directors of Sambhota and Mussoorie were among the attendees. It was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (Canada).

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