Collaboration between KIBI and Mewar University

The Karmapa International Buddhist Institute

The Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) is probably well-known to readers of this blog. Just recently I had written a sequence of posts about it (part 1, part 2). Founded by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1979, KIBI is renown for combining the best of both the Western academic approach and traditional Buddhist education. Therefore, KIBI's academic staff consists of Tibetan Buddhist masters and Western scholars.

Group picture of Gyalwa Karmapa, Prof. Sempa Dorje and Mr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya
Gyalwa Karmapa and Prof. Sempa Dorje with Mr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya, the Chairman of Mewar University

KIBI's Diploma Course goes BA

KIBI recently announced the collaboration for a joint program with the prestigious Mewar University, Rajasthan. The private University is run by the Mewar Education Society under the leadership of Shri Ashok Kumar Gadiya, and has been set up by the Government of Rajasthan as a private University in 2009. Due to this collaboration, KIBI's Diploma course could be transformed into an offical BA degree course. There is also wonderful news for foreign students: KIBI students will be eligible for Indian student visas from now on.

Group picture with Gyalwa Karmapa
Group picture with Gyalwa Karmapa at KIBI
The Collaboration has already been announced on the websites of Mewar University and the Karmapa International Buddhist Society (KIBS). Further information about the upcoming program will soon be available here.



Find below the announcement about KIBI's collaboration with the Mewar University:

Wednesday, 3rd of March 2014 marked an auspicious day, as the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) took big step forward in upgrading its Buddhist education program. An official meeting, organized by His Holiness 17th Gyalwa Karmapa at his private office in New Delhi, was presided over by His Holiness along with KIBI’s Director Prof. Sempa Dorja, KIBS Exc. Member Shri S.N. Raju, Mewar University’s Chairman Mr. Ashok Kumar Gadiya and Director Dr. Alka Agarwal. During the meeting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between KIBI and Mewar University was signed and exchanged.

From 2014 KIBI’s academic courses will be upgraded from diploma to degree, and KIBI students will be registered officially under both Mewar University and KIBI. This is an important step in a long process that begun in 1994.  

Because of this development foreign students will now be able to apply for an Indian student visa.
For more details kindly contact KIBI administration at infokibi@kibsociety.org New student registration will open the first week of May.
Source: http://www.kibsociety.org/index.php/item/9-kibi-news 

And here Gyalwa Karmapa's announcement about the collaboration:

Gyalwa Karmapa's letter about the collaboratin between KIBI and Mewar University
Gyalwa Karmapa's announcement about the collaboraton

Fotos: Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, Norbu Zangpo

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