Dharamshala: Former Secretary and Director of Tibet Policy Institute of the Central Tibetan Administration Thubten Samphel passed away on 4 June at Tsering Gyepheling in Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement.
In 1981, he joined Central Tibetan Administration as a Senior Clerk at the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), where he was promoted to Deputy Secretary through a special appointment and then moved to the Gaden Phodrang Office in 1986. He was later transferred to the Office of Tibet, Washington DC, in 1991 and subsequently to Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office in Kathmandu. From 1995 to 2012, he was transferred back to DIIR, where he was entrusted with the role of CTA’s spokesperson and eventually elevated to the position of Secretary.
He served as the first director of the Tibet Policy Institute since its establishment in 2012 and was also a member of the last fact-finding mission to visit Tibet in 1985. In 2018, he retired from the service at Central Tibetan Administration. He is the author of ‘Falling Through the Roof’, a work of fiction and also co-authored the Dalai Lamas of Tibet. He has written extensively on Tibet in Indian and international newspapers and journals.
He has written extensively on Tibet in Indian and international newspapers and journals. He is the author of ‘Falling Through the Roof’, a work of fiction and co-author of the Dalai Lamas of Tibet.
The Central Tibetan Administration held a prayer service yesterday in the evening to mourn the demise of Thubten Samphel. The prayer service was attended by Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Deputy Speaker Dolma Tsering, Justice Commissioner Tenzin Lungtok, Kalon Tharlam Dolma Changra, Kalon Dolma Gyari and Kalon Norzin Dolma of the 16th Kashag, Public Service Commissioner Wangdu Tsering Pesur, Auditor General Pema Dadul Arya, standing committee members of 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, secretaries and staff of the Central Tibetan Administration at the Sikyong hall.
Information supplied by Tibet.net
By Team TRC