By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 3 April 2018
A new minister joined the Lobsang Sangay-led exile Tibetan cabinet to head the Department of Education, whose priority will be promotion of Tibetan culture and language.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama has always said that culture and language are the foundations of Tibetan people. He has maintained that the Tibetan language is the way to understand the Tibetan culture, which has the potential to help others and bringing about peace and harmony in the world,” Yangchen said soon after her swearing-in.
Pema Yangchen was sworn in as the minister of the 15th Cabinet at a modest swearing-in ceremony at the new T-building (nicknamed the 5-50 building) at the headquarters of the Tibetan Diaspora in Dharamshala.
Kargyu Dhondup, the Chief Justice Commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission administered the oath of office to the new minister.
Following the post of Education Minister lying vacant after the previous Ngodup Tsering was appointed as Representative of the Dalai Lama in Washington DC, CTA President Sangay proposed Yangchen as minister during the budget session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile. She was approved with the majority of the 45-member parliament supporting the proposal.
Pema Yangchen, 49, obtained her doctorate degree from University of Northern Iowa, US. She taught at The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bangalore, and until recently was the Vice Principal of the same institution.
She will have three years to serve in the current Cabinet, until it ends its term in March 2021.