Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Buddhist Institute for Arunachal

It is good news. The Government has sanctioned a new Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS) on the model of the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Choklamsar near Leh in Ladakh. It will be built at Dahung, near Bombila in West Kameng district of Arunachal.
The Chinese have not yet complained to the Government that this Institute was sanctioned without 'Beijing prior permission' as for them, it falls under 'Southern Tibet' Administration. 
By creating this Institute, the Government of India once again reaffirmed that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India. Good!

Cabinet approves to set up CIHCS centre at Arunachal Pradesh
May 19, 2010,
New Delhi, May 19 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishment of the Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies (CIHCS) at Dahung in West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh.
The CIHCS would be an autonomous institute under the Union Culture Ministry.
The cost of the project is Rs. nine crore with a recurring annual cost of Rs.124.86 lakh.
The West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh where the CIHCS is proposed to be established is traditionally a Buddhist land.
This would not only fill the vacuum that exists in the field of education especially Buddism, but will also provide cultural moorings to the youth of this region and foster national integration.
It would also inculcate awareness of the ecological balance and preservation of natural resources. It will teach community arts and crafts for self-sufficiency and sustainable development and reservation of ethnic identity within the framework of national integration.(ANI)

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