Objectives of IGNOU Centre for Tibetan studies, the Courses and programmes offered, eligibility and number of Seats available.
Although no one expects to finds many takers of these courses, outside the ethnic Tibetan population in India and abroad; it’s still great news. The revered Dalai Lama inaugurated the Centre for Tibetan Studies at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) at a function held in Delhi recently. The Tibetan religion leader was also conferred with a degree of doctor of letters (Honoris Causa) by the IGNOU university, reports Gracious Thomas, director, School of Social Work, IGNOU.
Speaking on the occasion, The Dalai Lama lauded the initiative and said:
“There is a traditional treasure in Buddhist studies. The 1,000 year-old Nalanda traditions have faced its ups and downs. Historically, Buddhism spread from India to Tibet and so we share the guru-chela relationship. It is all your treasure, which we have studied, practiced, and followed in our lives. Now is the time to return it to the original source. There are 300 volumes of Buddhist texts translated from India, specifically from Pali and a few from Mandarin. With the establishment of the centre I hope that more institutions like this will open and carry the study of inner science, mind and emotions forward to apprise oneself with the reality,”
Objectives of the Centre for Tibetan studies at Ignou:
1) Preserve the Tibetan culture in India and Nepal.
2) Contribute to the theoretical knowledge and practical training in Tibetan Buddhist scholarly tradition.
3) Develop and launch various programmes of study at the graduate and postgraduate levels and provide authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings to promote dialogues between trans-national scholars, clergy and Tibetan teachers.
New Programmes lanched:
The Centre for Tibetan studies at Ignou has already launched three programmes – a diploma, BA and MA, respectively, in Buddhism and Tibetan Studies, which will be conducted in 1) regional Tibetan Buddhist Centres at Dharamshala 2) the Central University for Tibetan Studies, Sarnath and 3) at the Tibetan House, Delhi.
As it happens with all other IGNOU programmes, IGNOU will provide the study material.
IGNOU and the Central University for Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, will jointly issue the degrees.
In order to provide quality faculties in the area of Tibetan Studies, which is sort of challenge as it’s difficult to find teachers who can understand and teach in Tibetan and English and who are at the same time experts in Buddhist studies; the university has decided to bring in the services of teachers working at 17 Centres for Tibetan Studies, already established all over the country.
In addition, IGNOU will also try to take help of the monasteries; which are believed to be the seats of one of the best Tibetan scholars in India and the world.
Number of Seats and eligibility:
Initially, every centre will have 30-50 seats. For students who want to take admission in the diploma and BA in Buddhism and Tibetan Studies, the eligibility criterion is +2 (any Stream). For students taking admission to MA in Buddhism and Tibetan Studies, the minimum eligibility is a graduation degree (Any discipline).