Dharamshala: In a gathering of around 30 young Tibetan research scholars, including individuals from the Himalayan region, Sarah College for Higher Tibetan Studies commenced the 9th Young Tibetan Research Scholars’ Conference. This significant event, organized by the Tibet Policy Institute, aims to facilitate comprehensive discussions on various facets of the current Tibet situation amidst Chinese policies and leadership, religion, culture, language, and economy, all under Chinese occupation.
Over the forthcoming three days, these research fellows will engage in the presentation and discourse of their research findings. The focus will be on understanding and analyzing the intricate dynamics that characterize Tibet’s existence under Chinese influence.
Kicking off the conference was the inaugural session, where notable figures such as Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament, Secretary Karma Choeying of the Department of Information and International Relations, TPI’s Director Dawa Tsering, and Principal Passang Tsering of the institute were present.
During his opening statement, TPI’s Director Dawa Tsering emphasized the need to actively counter China’s perspective on Tibetan history. He highlighted China’s persistent efforts to legitimize its unlawful control over Tibet within the global community’s eyes.
Secretary Karma Choeying, in his address, urged the researchers to closely monitor Tibet’s policies formulated and implemented by the Beijing government. He also stressed the importance of sharing their research outcomes in various languages. For researchers hailing from the Himalayan region, he appealed for their collaboration in safeguarding Tibetan religious and academic heritage.
The Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament discussed the pivotal role of enhancing research quality and productivity. This sentiment was underscored by emphasizing the significance of investigating historical contexts and ongoing developments within China’s Tibet policies.
As this conference progresses, these young scholars will delve into vital discussions that shed light on Tibet’s present circumstances while fostering a better understanding of its future under Chinese influence.