Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamshala, India on Wednesday and the Manipur International University signed an agreement on collaborative to preserve, protect, promote and propagate Sowa-Rigpa. — Photo: TPI/Yangchen Dolma

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Dharamshala, India — Men-Tsee-Khang, an organisation established to preserve the traditional arts of Tibetan medicine and astrology has signed an agreement with Manipur International University (MIU) that will provide the medical institute a land of 2,500 acres to establish a Center, in imphal collaborative to preserve, protect, promote and propagate Sowa-Rigpa.

The agreement was signed during a press conference which was held at the Men-Tsee Khang College Hall in Dharamshala, India, on February 12, 2020. Tashi Tsering Phuri, Director of Men-Tsee Khang and Dr Harikumar Pallathadka, chancellor of MIU highlight the importance of the occasion with the presence of MIU and Men-Tsee Khang staff. As the collaboration implies MIU will fully finance and Men-Tsee Khang will fully contribute to the human resources needed in commencing the branch in Imphal.

MIU will start degree courses in Sowa-Rigpa (Healing knowledge/science) which includes Kachupa Degree, Menrampa Degree, Research, Pharmacology, Astro-Science and in other fields where Men-Tsee Khang has expertise.

MIU initially proposed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet about the establishment of a Men-Tsee Khang branch there and his visit to Manipur in 2017 laid the foundation of the friendship between MIU and Men-Tsee Khang.

His Holiness visited MIU on 23rd of May, 2019 and seeing the endeavors of MIU he expresses, “Your University will fulfill an important need not just in Manipur but also throughout the northeast region of India and beyond.”

The Tibetan spiritual leader further mentions, “I am also pleased to learn that the University proposes to have a Center for Tibetan medicine and astrology. This alternative medicine system will certainly enable the students and the community alike to appreciate the importance of a holistic approach to treatment”

As per the pact, MIU agrees to provide Men-Tsee Khang a land of 2,500 acres to establish a Center for Sowa-Rigpa in Imphal. Men-Tsee Khang will start a branch clinic at the MIU headquarter at Imphal on Sunday, march 1st of 2020.

In regards to the signing of MoU (memorandum of understanding) Dr Harikumar Pallathadka addresses, “Today is a remarkable day for MIU and Men-Tse Khang. Today marks a new beginning in the partnership that will make history in the days to come”.

He also expresses, “We welcome Men-Tsee Khang to the beautiful state of Manipur and together we will prosper. We call Sowa-Rigpa as an indigenous system of medicine. It is an ancient knowledge that needs to be persevered and shared. It is passed down to us from our ancestors since time immemorial and we need to preserve it for the future. It is our collective duty to preserve, protect, promote and propagate Sowa-Rigpa”.