The aims of the College of Higher Tibetan Studies (CHTS) at Sarah differ slightly from those of the main IBD Institute in Dharamsala in that CHTS seeks to fill the unmet gaps in specific subject areas and training. The emphasis here is upon Tibetan literature and language; but the College also aims to train its students in personal development, management skills and education.
The curriculum includes modern subjects and innovations in order to keep abreast with developments in an increasingly literate and technological world. Fundamental education and training adds to the development of the Tibetan community as a whole and raises the total quality of life for all its citizens. To summarize, the main aims and objectives of the College at Sarah Institute are as follows:
- To train and prepare students in public service, teaching and administration.
- To cultivate in students a positive self image in relation to their Tibetan heritage and culture through a thorough knowledge and understanding of Tibetan literature and language.
- To create a healthy environment for research and experimentation.
- To prepare students for a vocation which relates to their native culture and interests as well as their personal abilities and interests.
- To provide a social setting which will train students in Tibetan ways of community living.
- To instill environmental awareness, much needed in an increasingly developed world.
- To provide an environment which is supportive in the development of student’s personalities and creativity.
The College fosters a combination of personal development and community values helping to produce individuals with positive ethical outlooks. The students are given a background in Tibetan Buddhist traditions and are encouraged to uphold the belief that one day freedom will be restored to their homeland, and to work tirelessly toward preserving and nurturing the Tibetan culture so that it will be thriving when that day arrives.