New Delhi, March 09: After University Grants Commission (UGC) asked Universities to provide a database on Buddhism-related courses, Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal now asked the Human Resource Development Ministry to also collect data, from the non-governmental Buddhist institutions and associations across the country.
"As there are hundreds of NGO’s Buddhist institutions across India that facilitate higher Buddhist studies for thousands of Himalayan Buddhist aspirant monks and nun students and these private monastic institutions disseminate the ancient Nalanda Tradition Buddhist studies and produces hundreds of highly learned scholars. It would be of great benefit if the feedback is also collected from the high ranked Rinpoches, Lamas as well as highly qualified scholars from the Nalanda tradition institutions based in India", the MP said.
Earlier UGC has asked universities to provide the database and relevant information on Buddhism-related programs offered by them. In a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of universities, UGC secretary Rajnish Jain asked for details on courses, numbers of students and research scholars, and other information to better understand and highlight the state of Buddhist studies in India.