Schools for Tibetans, run by Tibetans
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The Cabinet Thursday approved the transfer of Central Tibetan Schools from the HRD Ministry to the Dalai Lama-led administration in Dharamshala.
The proposal to transfer the schools was floated by the Dalai Lama in a 2010 meeting with then foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, who then took up the request at the Centre.
There are 71 Central Tibetan Schools in Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Orissa, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, which enrol about 8,000 students. The decision to cede control was informed by the fact that the Tibetan government-in-exile has managed its own CBSE-affiliated schools, which have consistently performed well in terms of overall marks scored by their nearly 18,000 students, rather well.
The ministry will hand over primary and pre-primary schools immediately while the rest will be transferred over the next three years. The staff would be free to stay on or seek transfer to CBSE, NCERT, Kendriya Vidyalayas or Navodaya Vidyalayas.
The Tibetan administration will get Rs 43 crore a year and an annual increment of 5 percent to run the schools, an arrangement that will save the Centre Rs. 69.29 crore over five years, the government said in a statement Thursday.
Central Tibetan Schools were set up in the 1960s to take care of the educational needs of children of Tibetan refugees and help preserve and promote Tibetan language.
The schools teach primary classes in Tibetan, from 6th to 8th standard, Tibetan is the first language, and from 8th standard on, the medium of teaching is English.