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School Director Mr. Choeying Dhoundup la extending a warm welcome to Archarya Yeshi Phuntsok la, Representative Officer and the two Presidents ( Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten la )

12th May 2015: Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputy (ATPD) member Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok la paid a short visit and gave a talk to both the staff and students of TCV School Suja in the evening at 7 pm. He visited the school as a part of his usual visit to the nearby Tibetan settlements across Tashi Jong, Bir, Chauntra and Tso Pema. He was accompanied by the Representative Officer of Bir Tibetan Colony, President of Local Tibetan body and the President of Tibetan Freedom Movement.

The Representative Officer gave an introductory speech and welcomed Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok la and the audience with a big round of applause. After that the ATPD member gave talk for little more than 2 hours to the jam packed school auditorium filled with students from class VIII to XII.

In his talk, he threw lights on the working of the ATPD and various Departments and a brief report of the recent budget session, the charter of the Central Tibetan Adminsitration. For the sake of information, he also disclosed various financial source of the Central Tibetan Administration and reminded everyone from various stakeholders to the students to utilize the funds effectively. He also reminded the assembly the grand celebration of His Holiness’ 80th Birthday which will be observed in various Tibetan communities. During his talk, he explained briefly about all the seven Departments of Central Tibetan Administration and their contributions towards Tibetans. He highly praised the school for its perfect and flawless accounts.

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Rev. Acharya Yeshi Phutsok la talking to the students and staff members of TCV School Suja. ( Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten la )

Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok la, who was once working as a teacher here talked about the changes he had seen in the school ever since he quit and became ATPD member. Like a concerned teacher, he requested the students to study hard not just for their own colourful future but more importantly for the country as a whole. He also clarified the importance of enrolling in various vocational training centres and becoming self entrepreneurs. He talked about various scholarships which are provided by the Education Department under the leadership of the 14th Kashag headed by Honorable Sikyong Lobsang Sangay la.

He also talked about the four strengths we Tibetans are proud of; the indomitable courage of the Tibetans inside Tibet; the solid Central Tibetan Administration under His Holiness the Dalai Lama; every mushrooming International supports and our one and only dynamic leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For the students, he requested them to study for the sake of our country and for the staff members, he requested them to work with full sincerity and dedication keeping in mind we are molding the future seeds of Tibet.

There was a question answer session which was timely used by three students from the floor. Finally, the school Director Mr. Choeying Dhondup la presented a synopsis of Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok la’s talk. He thanked him on behalf of whole Suja family and presented him a scarf and a school magazine as a token of love and gratitude.