New Delhi, May 14, 2021: Buddhist manuscripts took the center stage between India and Mongolia/
A meeting of the Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel with the Mongolian Minister of Culture, Chinbat Nomin was held yesterday in virtual mode, to discuss various issues under Cultural Exchange Program between the two countries, and other areas of common interest.
The Indian Minister stated that to further consolidate our shared legacy, 10 dedicated ICCR scholarships for studying ‘Tibetan Buddhism’ have been allocated for Mongolians to study in specialized institutes of CIBS, Leh and CUTS, Varanasi, starting from 2020-2021.
Patel reiterated India’s commitment for digitization of Buddhist manuscripts in Gandan monastery and said India would consider Mongolia’s request for assistance in setting up a museum-cum-library there.
He further stated that Ministry of Culture is likely to complete reprinting of about 100 sets of sacred Mongolian Kanjur (108 volumes each) by next year for distribution in the main centers of Buddhism in Mongolia.
Patel explained the steps taken by Govt of India to facilitate visa and travel of Buddhist monks from Mongolia within India.