Dharamshala — Education minister or Kalon Ngodup Tsering has been appointed as the new Representative of North America based in Washington DC, United States.
The head of the Office of Tibet in Washington DC, is the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to North America.
"The Kashag has made the appointment as per Chapter 1 Article 1(3) of the Tibetan Charter and Article 19(1) of the Tibetan Public Service Commission rules and regulations," an official announcement said on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
According to a post on the CTA's official website, now Ngodup Tsering has been appointed as the new Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA for North America.
He will replace Penpa Tsering from December 1, 2017. "Kalon Ngodup Tsering will take charge as the new Representative of North America from 1 December 2017," the announcement said.
Ngodup Tsering was born on 1 July 1953. He is an alumnus of Punjab University, Chandigarh with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. He was also a former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, from 1979-1982. He was appointed as the Education secretary of the CTA again in 2012, and then as Kalon in September 2014 under the 14th Kashag led by President Dr Lobsang Sangay.
He joined the CTA in 1983, on the post of Deputy Secretary. He was initially posted at the Department of Education. In 1987, he was transferred to the Department of Home on the same post. From 1991-1995, he served as the Director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). He was also the recipient of the Best Staff among gazetted officers in 1995, awarded by a Swiss based Tibetan Association.
In 1996, he was promoted to the post of Secretary and appointed as the new Education Secretary of the CTA. In 1999, he was transferred to the of home department as the home secretary. From 2001-2008, he served as the president and the Director of various Tibetan associations in the United States.
The Office of Tibet was established in 1964 to raise the issue of Tibet at the United Nations. Since April 6, 2014. The Office has relocated to Washington, D.C. on 17th Street in the Farragut North area.
The Office represents His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration in North America. Its major responsibilities include mobilizing support from the US and Canadian governments in the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament, educating the U.S. and Canadian public on Tibet and the CTA, coordinating and preparing the visits of His Holiness in North America, maintaining relations with & providing services to the North American Tibetan Diaspora and strengthening and enhancing relationships with Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers.