The function was attended by chief guest Mr. Tsering Wangchuk, Kalon for the Department of Health, Central Tibetan Administration and special guest Mr. Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
Heath Kalon lauded the institute for its notable social work for looking after the medical needs of the Tibetan people as well as Indians and foreigners alike. At the same time, he urged the Tibetan doctors to continue serving the community through their noble profession and fulfil the advices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while imbibing universal medical ethics.
Speaker Penpa Tsering congratulated the institute for completing 53 glorious years of existence and said that the institute has preserved the rich traditions of Tibetan cultural science for over 50 years and has served the Tibetan community in various capacities. He also talked about the need for specialisation by Tibetan doctors and astrologers to further develop these cultural sciences. Furthermore, he highlighted the essence of moral discipline and value of principles while catering to the needs of the patients.
The College of Tibetan Medicine and Astrology (Men-Tsee College), which has till date produced 200 Tibetan medical practitioners and 60 Tibetan astrologers, was incepted on 2 June 1961 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.