The Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) at Sarnath is believed to be the only one of its kind in the entire country. The university was established in 1967 as a result of the wishes and discussions of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The motivation for the university was guided by a desire to educate young Tibetan scholars as well as those from the Himalayan border regions of India, who shared religious, cultural and linguistic features similar to that of Tibet.
Originally called Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), it began functioning as a constituent wing of the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, and eventually emerged as an autonomous body in 1977 under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
The institute is headed by Lobsang Norbu Shastri and he and his faculty members strive to achieve excellence in the fields of ‘Tibetology’ and ‘Buddhology’. The university attracts students from many regions of the Himalayan region from places such as Kinnaur, Lahaul, Spiti, Ladakh, Monpas and even Arunachal Pradesh and Nepal.
The university also offers courses in Tibetan medicine known as Sowa Rigpa, Astrology and Fine Arts.
Sarnath - A Quest Within - Buddham Sharnam Gacchami