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Tashi Delek! May this Tibetan Water Dragon New Year, 2139, bring happiness and prosperity to all! May the New Year fulfill all the aspirations of Tibetans living around the world, particularly under the brutal communist regime!

The C.S.T., Alumni Association came into existence on Sep. 20, 2007. We had cherished the great services initiated by all the Alumni during the past years, especially during the School’s Golden Jubilee celebration. The efforts and the dedication of the previous Executive Board Members were highly praise worthy. We may not have succeeded what has been seen today without their far sightedness and actions.

The 3rd Executive Board members of Central School for Tibetans Alumni Association were elected just before the School’s Golden Jubilee celebration. The formal handing over of the Association was done in the month of Jan. 2012. We had our first meeting on Feb. 05, 2012 with whole lot of discussions. Since its inception, the efforts of the Alumni Association have been entirely targeted towards assisting the Almamater. However, as per our objectives incorporated in our Constitution, apart from rendering need based assistance to our Alma-mater, we the present board members have also felt the necessity to devote more attention to the other aspects of the objectives. As always, I hope you will extend all your valuable help to realize this. I may quote an excerpt from the message of our outgoing President, “I sincerely hope that the Association can serve as a medium or a bridge through which old ties can be re-established, strained relations reconciled, act as a platform to share ideas, extend help to those of us to whom life has been harsh and to express our gratitude to the School.”

Lastly, we will try our best to serve the association with your full support. I am appealing to all those unenrolled ex-students living all over the world, to join us in serving the alumni and Alma-mater, and thus by serving our Tibetan cause. Appreciating fully the members who are presently with us, you are requested to encourage the other ex-students who are unaware of the existence of the Association, to join us.

A day long special function was organized in the honour of Mr. Passang Goekyi, PET on 29th June 2013. Students and teachers gave speeches about his personality & work culture, recited poems, sang songs and performed dances and skit. A lunch was hosted by the school staff in a restaurant & in the evening the Tibetan staff had a leisure get-together and partook dinner with him. 
Following are his personal info in brief.

    • Qualifications
    1. Passed All India CBSE Senior Secondary Examination in 1976 from Central School for Tibetans, Mussoorie
    2. B.P. Ed from Rani Lakshmi Bhai College of Physical Education, Gwalior in 1980
    • Initial appointment under CTSA at C.S.T. Mundgod on Nov. 19, 1982
    • He served following schools during his tenure
    • C.S.T. Mundgod from 1982 to 1995
    • C.S.T. Mussoorie from 1996 to 2004
    • C.S.T. Kollegal from 2005 to 2010
    • C.S.T. Darjeeling from 2011 to June 2013


AUDIT REPORT till date, audited by Chartered Accountant....details (PDF Document)

Mr. Jigme Ugyan, who had been serving C.S.T. Darjeeling for the last quarter of a century since December 1987 retired from service on 30th September 2012 on superannuation. Before coming to Darjeeling, he had served for eleven years at C.S.T. Miao. In fact, he was the first Tibetan trained graduate teacher to serve in remote Tibetan settlements in Arunachal Pradesh. Mr. Jigme Ugyan did his entire schooling from C.S.T. Mussoorie and then completed B.A. (Hons) English from Hindu College, Delhi University and B. Ed from Andhra Lutheran College of Education, Guntur respectively – all on merit scholarships. He also had a one year stint at University of Georgia, USA in 1996-97 on Fulbright Scholarship. He was given C.T.S.A. Incentive Award in 2005 and received Certificate and Souvenir from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in December 2003 for completing 25 years of community service, which he considers “the greatest moment of his career.”

A day long special function was organized in his honour on 29th September 2012. Students and teachers gave eulogizing speeches, recited poems, sang songs and performed dances and skits before and after lunch, which was hosted by the school staff in a restaurant in the town. He was wrapped all over with Khadas (scarves) and gifts. Students jostled to take photographs with him. In the evening the Tibetan staff had a leisure get-together and partook dinner with Mr. Jigme Ugyan. 

While speaking at the function, Mr. Jigme Ugyan acknowledged and thanked the people and government of India as well as Central Tibetan Administration and above all His Holiness the Dalai Lama for what he had been able to achieve in his life. Citing his own experiences, he advised the students to develop reading habit and take up responsibilities right from the school days. He urged the Tibetan students to keep themselves abreast of the situation in Tibet and contribute their might when they grew up. He stressed the need to make the optimum use of the educational opportunities they were getting.

During his thirty six years of service, Gen Jigme la has etched a lasting place for himself in the hearts of generations of students and colleagues by his good humour, helpful nature and devotion to duties. He was a teacher combined with strictness with compassion and understanding. Apart from teaching English in Class IX and X, he used to paint banners and signboards for the school and was also the in-charge of the Counselling and Guidance Cell.

Students will miss him. We wish Mr. Jigme Ugyan La’s good health and a long happy retired life.


the biggest ever celebration in the school.

(19TH TO 21ST OCTOBER, 2011).

Central school for Tibetans, Darjeeeling celebrated its Golden Jubilee Celebration on 19th ,20th and 21st October, 2011. It was a grand success as commented by the chief guests and almost all who were present. It was organized jointly by the school and its Alumni Association. Following were some of the important features of the celebration.

The programme started with the arrival of the Chief Guest and other guests of Honour, Prof.Samdong Rinpoche ,a renowned scholar and Former Kalon Tripa and Ven. Karma Gelek la, Gen. Secretary, D.O.E. Dharamsala on 18th October. They were received at Bagdora by the Principal, President of Alumni Association, Tibetan Welfare Officer, and president of various Tibetan Communities of Darjeeling.

Detailed Report

The outgoing executive members of alumni association would be failing its duty, if not convey a message of very sincere gratitude to the Chief Guests, the Special Guests, the Guest of Honors for attending the Opening and Closing functions of the Golden Jubilee of Celebration-2011 and all had graciously consented to attend the functions in spite their hectic schedule. Also each and every former staff and student who had come all the way from USA, Canada, Europe, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Dharamsala and neighboring places to attend this memorable home coming, lively interactive session of recalling the past school life and  sharing a nostalgic events of erstwhile  school after a gap of 50 years since its inception in 1961 and all committee members who had wholeheartedly contributed for this grand arrangement, organization and success of the 50th anniversary of Golden Jubilee Celebration of CST-Darjeeling from 19th October to 21st October’2011. The closing day was concluded with the note and promise to meet again after 5 years followed by vibrating and lively Tibetan group dance participated by all.


On 19th October’2011 (the closing day of Golden Jubilee ceremony), all alumni members had gathered in the evening in school multipurpose hall to have informal discussion on the activities of last three days of historic and memorable event of 50th anniversary commemoration. All had said and felt very happy that the school made the tremendous progress in the field of academic and co-curricular pursuits through the observation of different literary and cultural activities displayed by the student from the Nursery to senior students on the newly restored stage by the alumni association. Also the former students hailing from each decade from 1961 to 2011 had actively participated to express their opinions, shared their feeling of past and present school life and then invaluable constructive suggestion to the present students and the school development as well. At the end of this meeting, all had unanimously nominated one representative from each chapter across the exile Diasporas are mentioned as under.          
USA Mrs. Yangchen & Mrs. Ngawang Chodon
SWITZERLAND                                  Mrs. Chime
BELGIUM Mr. Norbu Tsewang
FRANCE Mrs. Peldon
CANADA Mr. Tsering Chogyal & Mr. Pema Karpoche
ENGLAND Mr. Yeshi Wangyal
NEPAL  To be nominated
BHUTAN Mrs. Chemi Wangmo
GANGTOK Mr. Jimpa Phuntsok
KURSEONG Mr. Lhakchung
SONADA Mrs. Youlu Dolma
GHOOM                                     Mrs. Jampa Dolma


To be nominated


On the 10th December, 2011 (Human Rights Day), all the Tibetans in Darjeeling had gathered at the school’s multipurpose hall to observe the Human rights day and commemorated the conferment of Noble Peace Prize upon the H.H the Dalai Lama on the 10th December in 1989. The Tibetan settlement officer had read out the messages of H.Holiness and followed by the Principal’s speech highlighting the occasion. On this auspicious gathering, the outgoing members have been given warm felicitations by the school’s Principal with offering of traditional Khada, Soveneir and also citation of appreciation certificate to all board members in recognition of their social services towards the Alma-mater. Also the Settlement Officer, Presidents of Parent Teacher association and Tibetan Freedom Movement had given warm sent off by offering the traditional scarf with thanks.













Ex CST 1965 students12.jpgThe alumni association would like to offer sincere gratitude to Mrs. Norzin Norbhu, the administrator of Himalayan Nursery School, Darjeeling, for the donation of Rs.50,000.00 (Rupees fifty thousand only) for the preparation of Golden Jubilee celebration. She has applauded the association for the yeoman’s services that the alumni members are contributing towards the alma mater round the clock. Madam was the first volunteer teacher of the school in the early sixties. The then students fondly called her “Acha la” for her caring and affection to the new arrivals from Tibet and taught them the three ‘Rs, basic moral values, healthy living and clean surrounding, and basic crafts to girl students.



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