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Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies


The Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) was envisioned by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru in consultation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama with a view to educate the youths of Tibet and the Himalayan border region. Motivated by its main objectives as laid down below, the Institute has made quick and consistent progress in its infrastructural growth, establishment of a well-constituted and equipped library furnished with computer installation, academic Central Institue Varanasiadvancement with intake of Ph.D. scholars, publication of original works and commentaries, restorations and translations of important texts, seminar materials, rare texts and a bi-annual review of tantric studies-all this has contributed to the over all development of the Institute; as a result of which, the Institute has recently attained the status of a Deemed to be University and has gained reputation as an International organization devoted to the re-vitalization of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.

The blessings of H.H, the Dalai Lama have always been with the Institute, both as a patron and mentor. This has been no uncommon solace to his followers that the world has now come to realize the worth of his great dedication to the cause of suffering humanity and his self-determination to bring harmony and peace upon the earth. Established in 1967, CIHTS initially functioned as a special constituent wing of Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi. Thereafter the government of India reviewed the progress of the Institute and decided to accord it a status of an autonomous body under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India in 1977 with 100% financial support from the Govt. of India. The Institute steadily progressed with optimal success. The Govt. of India declared the Institute to be a "Deemed to be a University" on 5th April, 1988. Until 2000, the Institute was headed by Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche, the now Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile. The Institute is currently headed by Geshe Ngawang Samten as Director and is ably assisted by learned faculty members of the Institute in achieving its goal of excellence in the field of Tibetology, Buddhology and Himalayan Studies.

The blessings of H.H, the Dalai Lama have always been with the Institute, both as a patron and mentor. This has been no uncommon solace to his followers that the world has now come to realize the worth of his great dedication to the cause of suffering humanity and his self-determination to bring harmony and peace upon the earth.

OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the Institute have been carefully thought out by persons endowed with imagination, particularly in the Government of India.
The objectives are:

* To preserve the Tibetan culture and tradition;
* To preserve ancient Indian sciences and literature preserved in the Tibetan language, but lost in the original;
* To offer an alternate educational facility to students of Indian border areas who formerly availed the opportunity of receiving higher education in Tibet; and
* To accomplish gains of teaching and scope of research in traditional subjects in a framework of the modern, university system of education with the provision for award of degrees in Tibetan studies.

CIHTS is also a premier Research Institute, with a substantial staff of research scholars and many visitors from other academic Institutions in India and from around the world. It provides a platform for interaction between Buddhist and non-Buddhist Indian philosophical schools; between Buddhist and Western Philosophers; and between Buddhist scholars and scientists. The National Assessment and Accredition Council, an autonomous Council established by the UGC for assessing the quality and standard of education of various universities and institutions in India, accredited CIHTS with 5 Stars which is the highest grading of the quality assurance after assessing the academic standard of the Institute by a peer team of experts sent by NAAC. It is the only university institution in Varanasi, and one of the two in the entire of Northern India, to recieve the highest grading.









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