Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies
The sour relationship between Tibet and China has forced many Tibetans to take a shelter at Dharmasala situated in the Himalaya region. Unlike China, India has a good relationship with Tibet. When their revered guru Dalai Lama met Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1967, they had a discussion on opening a school for the education of the Tibetan youth in exile and children living in the Himalayan border. The need to re-translate the Buddhist scriptures into Sanskrit and teach Hindi and English was also felt. Eventually, the discussion led to the foundation of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) in Sarnath.
Initially, the functions of CIHTS were controlled by Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi. In 1977, the government of India reviewed the progress of the Institute and decided to give it the status of an autonomous body, and took it under the wings of the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education. The Institute also received 100% finance from the government of India.
With a steep progress in the education system of the Institute, it was declared as a Deemed University by the government of India on April 5, 1988. It succeeded in gaining excellence in the field of Buddhology, Tibetology and Himalayan Studies. The Institute further achieved extra merits on January 14, 2009, when it was declared as a university. Lots of cultural and educational activities were organized to mark this red-letter day in the history of the Institute. The change in its status was declared by His Highness, the XIV Dalai Lama. The name of the Institute was also changed to Central University for Tibetan Studies (CUTS).
Today, the CUTS offers courses in Tibetan Astrology, Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Fine Arts, Tibetan History, Political Science, Economics, Sanskrit, Asian History, and Pali Language. It also provides a library, internet and sports facilities, conference room, and accommodation facilities. Besides, there is also a health centre to take care of the health of the students.