Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies – CIHTS

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Brief History

The Institute formerly functioned as a special constituent wing of the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi. The work of the Institute was reviewed by the Chandramani Review Committee in 1970 and the D.P. Yadav Committee in 1975. In view of the pragmatic sanction and desirability of its avowed growth, the Review Committees recommended that the Institute may be given an independent status and be shifted to Sarnath. Accordingly, the Institute was registered under the Societies Registration Act in the end of 1977 to operate as an autonomous organization under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education, Government of India with 100% financial support from the Government. Since then the Institute has steadily progressed with optimal success. After considerable growth of its infrastructure and academic excellence, the Department of Culture initiated a proposal for this Institute during 1983 – 84 to have the Deemed to be University Status. After a careful consideration at both the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies Grants Commission and Central Government levels, the Institute was finally declared as a “Deemed to be University” on 5th April,1988.


Before the declaration of the Deemed to be University status, the organizational set up of the Institute was suitably amended as desired by the CIHTS University Grants Commission and the Department of Culture. Now, the Institute’s management is the Society headed by Prof. K. Satchidananda Murty as its Chairman, nominated by Government of India and the Board of Governors headed by Prof. S. Rinpoche, the Director of the Institute. Both these bodies consist of eminent scholars nominated by Government of India, nominees of H.H. the Dalai Lama, representatives of various ministries, University Grants Commission and faculty members of the Institute. These bodies are further assisted by the Academic Council, the Finance Committee, the Planning and Monitoring Board and other auxiliary bodies and committees.

Special Features of the Institute

The Institute has been established with the ethos of imparting education in Tibetan Studies with a predilection for the traditional Tibetan method of teaching within an innovative framework of modern universities comprising time – bound courses of study, written examinations and award of degrees. The Institute is mainly research – oriented and seeks to mould through its teaching departments students turning into suitably qualified persons capable of undertaking works of research and restitution in concurrence with the fundamental objectives of the organization. With this purpose, the syllabuses of courses have been so drawn as to provide the students with sound footings in traditional subjects of Tibetology, while enabling them at the same time, to be fully conversant with modern subjects and research methodology.

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies Courses

High Courses :

  • Purva Madhyama
  • Uttara Madhyama

BA Course :

  • Shastri

MA Course :

  • Acharya

In the courses of study, the students have to study three languages :

  • Tibetan ( compulsory )
  • Sanskrit ( compulsory )
  • Hindi or English ( optional )

In addition to these, the Students have a Choice to Select any one of the Following Subjects :

  • Asian History, Archaeology and Culture
  • Tibetan History
  • Political Science
  • Economic
  • Pali
  • Sanskrit

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies Contact

Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Deemed to be University)


Varanasi 221007

U.P. (India)


Phone: +91 542 2585242, 2581737

Email :  vcoffice.cuts@gmail.com

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