(TibetanReview.net, Mar24, 2015) – The health and revenue minister of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has on Mar 22 promised to grant more MBBS seats in state medical colleges to Tibetan students and a plot of land for growing medicinal plants for the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute (TMAI), an autonomous body under the exile Tibetan Administration at Dharamshala, India. No specifics have been stated yet.
The minister, Mr Kaul Singh Thakur, was the chief guest at the 54th founding anniversary of the TMAI and he was accompanied by state legislature member Mr Ravi Thakur.
Mr Thakur’s assurance came in response to standing requests that had been made by the exile Tibetan administration to the state government. He has also assured the TMAI and the Tibetan community continued state government support and help.
Noting that India and Tibet shared a historical and spiritual bond, he has added that it was India’s, particularly Himachal Pradesh’s, good fortune to be able to help the Tibetan people in their time of need. He has also thanked the Dalai Lama for his noble contribution towards world peace and for making Dharamshala a tourist destination on the world map.
Others who spoke included the head of the exile Tibetan administration, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, and the Speaker of the exile Tibetan parliament, Mr Penpa Tsering.