Prime Minister Narendra Modi honored a prominent institute of Tibetan studies as part of celebrations to mark Buddha Purnima. At an event held in New Delhi, Mr. Modi said the issues facing the world can be solved by following the path of the Buddha.
CIHTS is a centrally funded institute that was started in 1967 following a discussion between Dalai Lama and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the early 1960s.
It was started with a view to educating the young Tibetan Diaspora and those from the Himalayan border regions of India, who have religion, culture and language in common with Tibet.
Originally the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), began to function as a constituent wing of the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, and eventually emerged as an autonomous body in 1977 under the Ministry of Culture.
It is located at Sarnath, Varanasi.