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TYC Trains Young Leaders of Tibet

January 5, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009
Bangalore, 3rd January 2009: In a major preparation for the upcoming historic campaign to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising this year, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) organised the strategic 9th Tibetan Youth Leadership Training (TYLT) at Tibetan Youth Hostel in Bangalore in South India.
The weeklong leadership training that commenced on 1st January was participated by over 75 young Tibetan leaders studying in over 15 major educational Institutes all over India. Besides college and school students, participants of the training also include 15 monks from three major Tibetan monasteries in South India.
The opening ceremony of the training was graced by Mr. Karma Choephel, the former Chairman of the Tibetan Parliament in exile as the Chief Guest and Mr. Kunga Dorjee, Chief Representative of South Zone, Mrs. Lhawang Dolma, The Director of the Youth Hostel and Mr. Chomphel Thupten, Chief Secretary of The Office of the Chief Representative, Bangalore as the Guests of Honor.
Besides, the ceremony was also attended by the resource persons Mr. Lobsang Yeshi, Former Vice President of TYC, Mr. Sonam Gyaltsen, Lecturer of Sarah College of Tibetan Studies, Ven. Bagdo and Mr. Lukhar Sham, former political prisoners.
While stressing on the importance of the leadership training in preparing future Tibetan leaders through such training, Mr. Karma Choephel, in his opening remarks, also stressed on the need to organize such training on regular basis. He also asked the participants to make good use of training for effective equipment of the leadership skills.
Also, addressing the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Tsewang Rigzin, President of Tibetan Youth Congress said that TYC takes a lot of pride and responsibility in organizing this annual training to prepare the younger generation to continue our struggle to regain Tibet's Independence.
Among the various topics, the primary focus of this year's training will be on History of Tibet's Independence and current issues like recent historic uprising inside Tibet, Tibetan Special Meeting and 50 years in exile. Besides Tibetan resources persons, the training sessions will be led by renowned Indian activists and scholars like Ravi Nair, Director South Asian Forum for Human Rights, Prof Bernard D. Samy of Loyala College, Chennai, Shri Arvind of Alternative Law Forum, Prof. Vijay Kumar of National Law School, and Mr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Editor, Times of India etc. The morning session includes prayers and a yoga class by Aasha Reddy, Yoga master and a popular Tibet friend and supporter.
The evenings of the training days were spent on group discussions, interactive sessions and watching movies on freedom struggle and histories of freedom movement etc.
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