Dharamsala, September 16, 2011 – Kalon Tripa, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, introduced six nominees of his Kashag (cabinet) on the floor of the Parliament this morning, the first day of the inaugural session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The six nominees were found to be in compliance with the requirements stipulated in Article 21 of the Charter of the Tibetans in Exile. The Parliament approved all six nominees as Kalons (Ministers).
The new Kalons will be sworn in by Chief Justice Commissioner Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen at the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission office at 3:15pm this afternoon.
The six new Kalons are Mr. Dongchung Ngodup, Mr. Tsering Dhundup, Mr. Pema Chhinjor, Ms. Dolma Gyari, Ms. Dicki Chhoyang and Mr. Tsering Wangchuk.
Mr. Dongchung Ngodup, Kalon for Department of Security
Born in 1956, Mr Dongchung Ngodup joined Central Tibetan Administration in 1977 after completion of his undergraduate studies in Political Science from Delhi University. From 1993 to 2007 Mr. Ngodup served as Secretary for Department of Security. While holding the post of Secretary he was nominated and served as Kalon for Security in the 13th Kashag (2007-2011) .
Mr. Tsering Dhundup, Kalon for Finance
Born in 1960, Mr Tsering Dhundup joined Central Tibetan Administration after completion of his degree in Master in Commerce from Punjab University. From 2000 to 2007 Mr. Dhundup served as Secretary for Department of Education and Home Affairs. From 2007 to 2011 he was nominated and served as Kalon for Finance in the 13th Kashag.
Mr. Pema Chhinjor, Kalon for Religious and Culture Affairs
Born in 1945, Mr. Pema Chhinjor taught Tibetan language and history in Department of Asian Studies of the Punjab University in Chandigarh, northern India, from 1964 to 1984. While in Chandigarh he founded Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and served as President for four consecutive terms. In 1974 he was elected as member of the Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress. From 1992 he was elected as member of Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies for two terms. He was nominated and served as Kalon for Security in the 11th Kashag.
Mrs. Dolma Gyari, Kalon for Home Affairs
Born in 1964, Mrs Dolma Gyari joined the Central executive committee of the Tibetan Youth Congress after completion of her law degree from Delhi University. From 1986 and 1989, she served as joint secretary of the Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress. From 1991 to 2006 she was elected as member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for four consecutive term during which she was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House three times.
Ms. Dicki Chhoyang, Kalon for Information and International Relations
Born in 1966, Ms. Dicki Chhoyang completed her M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies and M.Sc. in Planning and International Development from United States and Canada respectively. In 1990 she served as resettlement coordinator in Connecticut for the Tibetan-US resettlement project. From 1999 to 2003 she worked on community development project in Tibet. She has also worked for Pepperidge Farm Inc., and youth volunteer program for Canada World Youth. Presently she is a Community Liaison Officer for the University of Montreal Hospital Center construction project – a 2 billion Canadian dollar project.
Mr. Tsering Wangchuk, Kalon for Health
Born in 1974, Mr. Tsering Wangchuk completed his degree in Doctor in Medicine followed by two years of internship at Hospital of Warsaw Medical University. In 2003 he returned to India and joined as Resident Medical Officer at Menlha Hospital, Phuntsokling for five years from 2003 and 2008. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as Medical Officer cum In-charge of TRSHC Clinic and Hospital of Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center in Darjeeling. Since 2009 he has been working as Senior Medical Officer at Tsojhe Khangsar Charity Hospital, Bylakuppe.