Dharamshala, India: - Tibetan students from around the country gathered in Bangalore to remember his sacrifice and the sacrifice of many more oppressed monks and Tibetans who have set themselves on fire, protesting against Chinese oppression in the lost country.
The 6th annual Tibetan College Students Conference started with the gathering placing Tibetan flags on a map of Tibet made out of twenty tonnes of soil from Tibet brought to India by New York-based artist Tenzin Rigdol.
S. Suresh Kumar (Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs,Karnataka), Kolon Dickyi Chhoyang, (Minister of Information and International relation CTA), Mrs Aasha Reddy, a strong supporter of Tibet's freedom and Human Rights in Tibet and Mr Tashi Phuntsok (CRO. South Zone inaugurated the 6th Tibetan College Students' Conference at the Tibetan Youth Hostel in Bangalore.
This event where Mr. Kumar was the chief guest and Dickyi Chhoyang was heading the conference saw 68 students from 14 different locations in India and Nepal take active part in discussions. The first day of the conference had Ms Asha Reddy being awarded the Pawo Thupten Ngodup Award for selfless contribution towards the Tibetan cause and for providing help to many a Tibetan college student.
The subject of the conference was the recent incidents of self-immolation taking place inside Tibet. This three-day seminar is expected to have passion-packed discussions involving speeches, debates regarding various issues inside Tibet. Honorable resource persons are also expected to extend their views regarding the same.
Thupten Ngodup was a cook and cow herder in the Dip Tsechokling monastery situated in Tibet. On April 27, 1998, he set himself ablaze in Delhi and died holding his hands up in prayer and chanting for a free Tibet.