Dharamsala, September 2, 2017: When all the Tibetans were celebrating the Tibetan Democracy day in full vigor on 2nd September, TCV Upper Dharamsala was on the forefront. In the morning, all the students from class IX till XI went to the main temple (Tsuklakhang) to attend the official function of the CTA. In the evening, at 4 p.m., a small tea party was arranged in celebration of the day and in honor of our ‘Gaden Pho-drang’ award recipients in Dekyi Tsering hall. This year, out of the four Gaden Phodrang award recipients from the Commerce stream, three were from our school. However, only two could make it to the gathering.

The occasion was graced by the Education Director, and all the class XI students and teachers, concerned hostel matrons, and the school Managing Committee attended the same. The School Director introduced the two award recipients to the students and shared the motive behind the gathering. He said, ‘Not only are the girls an inspiration to the students, but also a hope that the XI students will follow the same suit.’

Grabbing the opportunity, the two award recipients were asked to share their feedbacks to the students. Miss. Tenzin Sangmo, the topper of Commerce stream with 87.8 % told the students about the importance of time management and self discipline.  She feels that the secret behind her success is her consistency and regularity in her works paired with close attention to her teachers’ instructions. Miss. Khashi Wangmo, second position holder with 82.6 % stressed on the importance of book reading, and sharing one’s knowledge to others which eventually benefits self. Following the two award recipients, Mr. Sonam Sichoe, the Education Director, congratulating the two award winners with appreciation, stressed on the various awards of the Department of Education and the opportunities that lie before them. He advised the students to plan for the 2019 exam with proper planning, self discipline, time management and hard work.

As a mark of appreciation, a small gift was given to the award recipients by the Chief Guest. The Principal thanked everyone involved in the celebration. The program concluded with delicious tea and snacks served to all the gathered followed by clicking of some memorable group photos.

The annual ‘Gaden Phodrang merit award’ for excellence in academics was started in 2002. Under this scheme, three Tibetan students who topped in their respective streams were awarded.  However, the number was increased to nine students, i.e. top three students from Science, Arts and Commerce streams.


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