NIT launches MA in Buddhist Studies

Gangtok, 26 Jul:

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, launched a Post Graduate course in Buddhist Studies on 25 July, 2019, a press release informs.

Minister for Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department, Samdup Lepchaand vice president of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT) Board attended the function as chief guest and delivered the inaugural address.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Secretary, Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department, Government of Sikkim, Registrar and Joint Registrar including some Heads of Departments and Professors of Sikkim University, Doctors from the Ayush Department, Government of Sikkim, the representatives of the Ecclesiastical Affairs, Government of Sikkim, faculty members and students of the Post Graduate and Sowa Rigpa Departments of the NIT.

“This was a historic day for the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, till now well known nationally and internationally as an research Institute in the realm of Buddhist and Tibetan studies and for organizing national and international level seminars and workshops in such diverse subjects such as "Quantum Physics and Emptiness in Buddhist Philosophy"or on "Mind and Life" to site a few examples,” the release states.

In the year 2017 NIT had ventured into the teaching arena by introducing five and a half years course for Sowa Rigpa (science of healing) graduation and today, NIT inaugurated the Post Graduate course in Buddhist Studies in English medium.

The release further states that this is the first of its kind course introduced in the State of Sikkim offering opportunities to the local students to study Buddhism and its philosophy in languages other than Tibetan.

The Minister in his inaugural address congratulated the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology for the hard work done to diversify the activities of the Institute into the teaching realm. He was of the view that both Sowa Rigpa and the Post Graduate programmes in Buddhist Studies are relevant and appropriate to culture, traditions and religious ethos of the people of the Himalaya regions.

The Minister also said that the State Government will make maximum effort to provide quality education to the masses and in this aspect he was of the view that the educationalprogrammes started by NIT are in tune with the policy of the government. Hence, he said the government will give full support to NIT to make this a great success in the long run.

NITDirector, TashiDensapa in his welcome speech said that the establishment of Buddhist University was entrusted to the NIT by the State Government in 2015. He said that graduating to a full-fledged University focused on Buddhist Studies alone will be a long process not only in terms of infrastructure requirement but also in terms of the stringent UGC norms applicable for recognition as a separate university.

Therefore, to start with, NIT decided to begin with MA (Post Graduate) course in Buddhist Studies. He also said that in the year 2017, the Sowa Rigpa (Science of Healing) course was introduced by NIT as it is a part and partial of Buddhism. He ended his address by saying that with gradual increase in teaching faculties, it may be possible to get a deemed university status for NIT.

Officer on Special Duty, NIT,K.N.Bhutia, gave a brief background report of the Sowa Rigpa and M.A programmes. While proposing the vote of thanks, the Joint Director made a special mention of the Vice Chancellor and Professors of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath for their active support in preparing the Syllabus of the Post Graduate and Sowa Rigpapprogrammes.