The chief guest Kyabje Dhongsel Rinpoche during the school 29th Founding Anniversary Celebration (photo: rfa Tibetan)

25th March 2015: The chief guest Kyabje Dhongsel Rinpoche blessed the audience as TCV School Suja celebrates its 29th Founding Anniversary. The day was also to remember and pay gratitude to all those who have taken their part in bringing this school to this present form. With the humble beginning of few hundred students and  few dozen staff members, TCV Suja today cater to the educational needs of little more than thousand students under the guidance of few hundred loving and dedicated staff members. Present during the celebration were the first Director of TCV School Suja, Ven. Tenzin la who had now turned 90s,TCV General Secretary Mr. Thupten Dorjee la, former Director Mr. Ngodup Wangdue la, the Principals and Directors of nearby TCV Schools,dignitaries from the Tibetan settlements and monasteries and the local Tibetans. The main function was held on the school basketball ground with Kaybje Dhongsel Rinpoche and other honorable  guests on the stage.

The function began with the singing of Tibetan and Indian national anthem along with the school band. After that, a minute silence was observed for our martyrs who had laid down their lives for Tibetan struggle. This was followed by the prayer of truth. After that, the school Director, Mr. Sonam Sichoe la presented a brief past and present status of TCV School Suja followed by the presentation of 30 years’ service souvenir to Ven. Tenzin la, the first Director of the school, Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la, the Senior Section Headmaster and Mrs. Thinley Pelmo la, a Mathematics mentor TCV Schools. Mr. Choegyal Tashi la,a senior Tibetan teacher shared a brief achievements of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the whole Tibetan Community observe this year as a year of Gratitude to His Holiness. He concluded his talk by reading out a statement of His Holiness to the Tibetans way back in 1992 in which our leader had spoken about our environment and language. Also during the function, the students who had stood positions in the Olympaid Test last year were given certificates and medals.

The function was adorned with a variety of cultural programs and the recitation of poems by the students. The school staff band, Phuntsok Deshe presented their three songs dedicated to the 29th founding anniversary of the school.A refreshment of ceremonial tea and sweet rice were served in between.


The school staff band Phuntsok Deshe performing before the audience on the ocassion

Later, the chief guest Kyabje Dhongsel Rinpoche spoke to the audience for few minutes. He congratulated TCV Suja  on turning 29th and thanked all the people involved in making the school reach to this level.He also spoke highly of the school for its infrastructure and the overall achievement. He requested the students to make the best use of the current school facility and not waste time. He also reminded all the people to take care of our environment, which has been given lots of importance these days. And most importantly, he stressed on the importance of speaking pure Tibetan by all the Tibetans. Last but not the least he thanked the school for the wonderful cultural and literary presentation and prayed for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A final vote of thanks came from the school Principal Mr. Karma Sherep Tharchin la, who extended thanks to all those who have consented over the function and the staff members and students for making the celebration a grand success.


A ceremonial lunch getting ready to please everyone’s taste buds in the school auditorium

The guests were then usehered for a ceremonial lunch after the function. Later, they were joined by the staff members. In the evening, the school Principal showed 2002 American movie “John Q” in the open theatre to the students. The film was about a financially bankrupt father whose son was diagnosed with enlarged heart and needed immediate surgery. The film revolves around the father’s unwavering love and sacrifice towards his son, Michael.

Prior to the main function, the staff members and students had gathered on the ground early in the morning for incense burning ceremony and the life long prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for the world peace as the school turns 29 this year on 25th March.