debate in session, photo/THF
Mussoorie Nov. 6 - The second Inter Tibetan School dialectics competition was held at the Tsering Dolma auditorium of Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie. This contest is a follow up of the first ever such contest held in October 2005 organized by Tibetan Homes Foundation, Mussoorie marking the 70th birthday celebrations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The two-day competition was held for students from grade VII and VIII. A total of five learned monks from Drikung College, Dekyiling and Tibetan College at Sarah, Dharamsala judged the contest.
At the opening ceremony, Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, General Secretary of Tibetan Homes Foundation, welcomed the contestants and guets. The Chief Guest for the opening ceremony Venerable Gyatso, abbot of Sakya College, said when science is making continuous breakthroughs with reasoning this Tibetan traditional form of learning is very significant, as here too reasoning is the basis.
Honorable Kalon Thupten Lungrig, Minister of Education of the exile Tibetan government, graced the final of the dialectics competition yesterday with his presence.
TCV Upper Dharamshala won the grade seven category, while Tibetan Homes School, Rajpur and TCV Suja were first and second runners up respectively.
In the grade eighth category, TCV Suja was the winner followed by Tibetan Homes, Mussooorie, and TCV lower Dharamshala.
“The objective of this contest is to emphasize the Tibetan traditional form of learning (Tsenyi), which is based on verbal debate and reasoning, the importance of which has been stressed on by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” said Ngodup Norbu, education officer of the host school.
The participating schools were Central School for Tibetans Mussoorie, Central School for Tibetans Poanta, TCV Chauntra, Upper TCV, Lower TCV, TCV Suja, Sambodha School Chauntra, Sambodha School Bhuntar, Sambodha School Dickeyling, Tibetan Homes School Rajpur and Tibetan Homes School Mussoorie.