TCV 56th Anniversary – October 23rd to 25th
Come October and you see TCV students and staff fully engrossed in the preparation of our annual anniversary. The day marks our organization’s inception in early 1960 with just 51 children who were in desperate need of care and attention. Owing to the farsightedness and personal involvement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Nursery for Tibetan Refugees evolved from a very small nursery to one of the largest educational institutions in exile. Over the past 56 years TCV progressed in leaps and bounds covering the area from Ladakh in the north to Bylakuppee in the south catering to the children’s physical and educational growth and development. In these 56 years of our existence over 47000 Tibetan youngsters have a lasting lifelong imprint of TCV and its philosophy “Others Before Self”. Educational programs and facilities are not only from K-12 but caters to post school programs for under-graduate studies in Dalai Lama Institute of Higher Studies in Bangalore and various professional and vocational training institutes in Selakui and Patlikuhl
This year we celebrated 56th founding anniversary on 23rd October. We are very fortunate to have Gyalwang Karmapa as our guest of honour. As TCV anniversary is one of the mega event in little Lhasa, we have all the distinguished dignitaries from our government in exile, general public from Mcleod and vicinity making the main market square in McLeod devoid of people. One of the highlights of the anniversary is conferment of recognition award to our staff completing twenty years of service and silver jubilee batch – the class 1991 as our special guest of the anniversary. We are happy that many of our friends and sponsors were able to join us for the celebration.
We had our official function from 9 am and day rolled with full of exciting events filling our main play ground with our children performing cultural show from Infant and senior school. The crescendo of the event before lunch was the callisthenic PT display with various formations by about 500 children to depict the anniversary theme UNITY.
After hosting luncheon for our numerous guests, all the TCV schools in Himachal presented series of cultural shows with songs, dances and choirs. In the evening again five TCV schools had a presentation of talent shows with solo songs and duets with their respective performing arts teachers.
On the second day – 24th October we had the 6th INTER-TCV ATHLETICS MEET. All the TCV schools in HP participated in the athletics meet. Mr. Choekong Wangchuk – minister for Health in CTA graced the occasion as the chief guest. We are grateful to him for being with us throughout the day declaring the meet open and close and also giving trophies to the winning team. The day was very exciting and saw many previous records in the various athletic events shattered. After a very eventful day the day concluded with distribution of certificate and trophies to the winning teams. TCV Suja stole the show as the 6th Inter-TC V Athletic winner followed by Upper TCV. In the evening we had extempore deliberation among three plus two schools in Himachal. The host school was declared the winner for the extempore.
On the third day- the day started with mass Sangsol on the courtyard of our temple. The managerial staff of Head Office along with the Village director and principal had a daylong interaction with silver jubilee batch and staff completing twenty years of service. Dharamshala chapter of TCV Alumni organized a get-together of all the ex-TC V in and around Dharamshala for a social gathering discussing about their role as Ex-Student.
Our anniversary concluded with special dinner party for the staff and our honoured guest silver jubilee batch as well as twenty service awardees. We are indeed very thankful to the class of 1991 for meeting all the expenses incurred for the dinner. They were adamant to have the expenses billed to them as an expression of gratitude to the staff.