International Student Cell

The prestige and glory of CIHTS has crossed the boundaries of the nation and it has been established now as the best Institute to do research on Buddhism, Tibetology and allied subjects. For the same, various international research scholars live on the campus as research residents. There have been countless collaborations between the Institute and international scholars resulting in the publication of renowned articles and books. The Institute is an active participant in Fulbright and other scholarship programmes. The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) offers scholarship programmes for their scholars to study at CIHTS.

CIHTS is the only Institute which has the history of an active thirty years’ international exchange programme. With the inspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, renowned Buddhist scholars like Prof. Jay Garfield, Prof. Robert Thurman, etc. have led the exchange programmes between CIHTS and the Five College Consortium, Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1996, this programme broadened to include the University of Tasmania and Deakin University, Australia. Other international programmes are also operating with Orient Foundation for Art and Culture, England; Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Russia; Wonk Wang Digital University, South Korea; Labsum Buddhist College Association of Taiwan; International Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Austria and Emory University, US. An annual one-month intensive course on Buddhism and Tibetan studies is organized on the behalf of the Institute for the international students in the winter session.

An ambitious translation project in collaboration with Bihar Govt. and Patna Museum has been an outstanding venture so far. This project is meant for translating into Hindi from Tibetan, the entire collection that Mahapandita Rahul Sankratayan brought from Tibet. This collection runs into tens of thousands of texts and includes the corpus of Kangyur and Tengyur as well as many collected works of Tibetan masters.


Areas of study

The Universities, Colleges and other academic Institutions with which the Institute has a collaboration and exchange programme are: