May 12, 2016, Tibetan Scholarship Program Alumni Association (TSPAA), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the Tibet Fund, New York launched its brand new website http://www.tspalumni.org at Norbu House, Dharamsala. The Chief Guest, the honorable Kalon Nyodup Tsering, the Minister of Education, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), launched the web site.
Mr. Matthew Asada, First Secretary for Exchanges and Education, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, Mr. JP Das, Country Exchanges Advisor, Ms. Shailey Tucker, Alumni Coordinator, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, and Mr. Bob Ankerson, Vice President, The Tibet Fund were in attendance. Three members of the first batch of TSP in 1988, Mr. Thupten Samphel, Mr. Sonam Tenzin and Mr. Jamphel Choesang were special guests invited for this launch ceremony. Around 50 TSP alumni also attended the occasion.
Mr. Tenzin Jamyang, Public Relation Officer, TSPAA, opened the event with a brief introduction of the TSP. This was followed by welcome remarks by Mr. Tsewang Rigzin, the President of TSPAA, who spoke about the purpose of this web site. He mentioned that aim of developing the web site is to maintain the Association’s contact with all alumni and to keep the Tibetan community well-informed about their works. He also spoke about how this web site highlights the stories and contribution of TSP alumni, all from different academic and occupational backgrounds, to the Tibetan community and the world at large.
Special guest Mr. Matthew Asada then spoke about how alumni and other Tibetans can participate in different programs of American Centers and get access to educational advising services for study in the U.S. through Education US in different cities of India.
One of the hallmarks of the event was felicitating three members of the first batch of the TSP cohort who went to U.S. in 1988 for their studies. They were honored for their selfless contribution to the Tibetan community-in-exile. Each of them shared their experiences of their time in the United States and how the opportunity enabled them to contribute more effectively and efficiently to the Tibetan society in subsequent years.
This was followed by launch of Website by the Chief Guest, Mr. Ngodup Tsering. While appreciating this initiative, Mr. Tsering stressed how this scholarship program funded by the United States Government helped in strengthening the self-reliance and resilience of the exiled Tibetan community.
Mr. Kunsang Dorjee, the Finance Officer, TSPAA followed this by taking all the attendee on a tour of newly launched TSPAA web site. He also gave brief descriptions of the site’s main features, such as personal testimonies, events calendar, mentorship opportunities, and TSP-Story.
This was followed by a dinner and networking session among invited guests and TSP alumni.