Empowerment through Education
On 12 March TWA announced the opening of seven fellowships: two for Bachelors, three for Masters and two for PhD. The last date for submission of applications for Bachelors and Masters was 1 June and 1 July for PhD candidates.
However, following the meeting of the Bachelors and Masters selection committee board on June 10, consisting of Kasur Rinchen Khado (founding president of Tibetan Women’s Association and the current executive director of Tibetan Nuns Project), Gyari Dolma (Former Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile), Dr. B. Tsering Yeshi (former president of Tibetan Women’s Association), Sonam Dolkar Samkhar (Principal, Upper TCV School) and Dolkar Lhamo Kirti (President, Tibetan Women’s Association), only two students of the seven applicants were finalized for the Masters program.
Therefore, given the dearth of competent and promising applicants for the first phase of selection and our awareness of society’s need to foster the empowerment of women for a better future, TWA has made the following adaptations to allow greater flexibility and choice: extending the date, rescinding the age limit for applicants and adding more professional and specialized courses. TWA has added three fresh courses in addition to the seven listed courses; 1) Technology Studies, 2) B.Sc.,B.Ed. and M.Sc., M.Ed. and 3) Computer Application.
Thus, according to the reannouncement made on June 11, the students were encouraged to apply for the 3 vacant seats—2 for bachelors and 1 for masters— for any of the ten courses listed below, before July 1 this year:
(1) Women’s Studies,
(2) Human Rights,
(3) Media and Communication,
(4) Environmental Studies,
(5) Film-making Studies,
(6) Governmental Policy Studies,
(7) Gynecology studies.
(8) Technology Studies
(9) B.Sc.,B.Ed. and M.Sc., M.Ed
(10) Computer Application
The members of the Selection Committee met again on July 8 and finalized the awardees for the 2011 TWA Specialized Studies Fellowship for Tibetan Women.
Osel Lhamo, pursuing her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Technology – Electronics and Communication, bagged the fellowship for Bachelors program.
Tenzin Lhamo, pursuing graduate studies in Politics with specialization in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru, received the fellowship for Masters program.
Dechen Palmo pursuing graduate studies in International Relations from Stella Maris College in Chennai, was awarded the fellowship for Masters program.
Lobsang Yangtso, studying for a PhD in China Studies, is continuing her second year at Jawaharlal Nehru University under the fellowship for PhD program.
TWA extends its heartfelt congratulations to the recipients of these fellowships and wishes them the very best of luck with their academic pursuits.