Dharamshala: Further strengthening its association with Partap World School, the Tibet Museum of the Department of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration showcased a two-day photo exhibition at Partap World School, Indora, Himachal Pradesh from June 16-17, 2017. The exhibition comprising of themes, ‘Biography of H.H the 14th Dalai Lama’ and ‘India and Tibet: Ancient Ties, Current Bonds’ were showcased to the students, teachers and student’s parents.
On 16 June, Mr. Surjit Mahajan, the Chancellor of Partap World School inaugurated the exhibition with ribbon cutting followed by lighting of the lamp. Other guests present during the inaugural ceremony were Mr. Vishal Mahajan; General Secretary of the School, Mr. Sunny Mahajan; Joint Secretary of the School, Ms. Renu Parmar, Headmistress of the school along with students and teachers of the school.
Mr. Sunny Mahajan while addressing the gathering thanked the Tibet Museum for complying with their request for the exhibition. He also added that the exhibition is very informative for everyone, particularly the students to learn about the life and messages of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to gain deeper knowledge about Tibet and its relationship with India.
Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, the Director of the Tibet Museum, in his opening address thanked the Partap World School and Mr. Sunny Mahajan for taking keen interest on Tibetan issues and for the invitation to showcase exhibition at their prestigious school. He also summed up the true essence of this exhibition as well as the objectives of the two themed exhibitions. Around one thousand students from nursery to 10th standard led by their class teacher viewed the exhibition with lots of enthusiasm and interest.
Later in the afternoon, Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, Director of the Tibet Museum, made a presentation on the history of Tibet to a group of students of the school. His presentation focused on correcting the historical narrative that exists in China by demonstrating the long-term independent status of Tibet within its borders and in relation to the global diplomatic community. The talk was wonderfully illustrated with a helpful timeline and images of important archival materials that demonstrate the long history of Tibetan sovereignty. His presentation was well attended with more than 70 students from class IX and X.
On 17 June 2017, around 800 parents of the students also visited the exhibition at the sideline of school’s Parent Teacher Meeting. The two-day exhibition was concluded with closing ceremony around 2 pm, and the staffs of the Tibet Museum were presented with momentos as a token of appreciation by the school.
Leading national dailies Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, Panjab Kesari and Dainik Bhaskar has covered the two-day exhibition at Partap World School, Indora.