The Central University of Tibetan Studies, Varanasi organized the Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017 (popularly known as Buddha Purnima) under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Government of India in New Delhi on May 10, 2017.
The function was held at the NDMC Convention Center, Parliament Street, New Delhi, where the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javdekar was the chief guest.
The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju, and Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma were the special guests at the celebratory function.
The Ambassador of Bhutan, Mr. Namgyal and the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Ngodup Dongchung were also present as guests of the function.
The Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten presented a lecture on "The Words of Buddha" and said, "The ancient Indian definition of Education is not dissemination of information but transformation of personality".
On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Jayanti Celebration 2017, the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, felicitated Professor S.R. Bhatt, an eminent scholar of Buddhism who has made immense contribution to the preservation and promotion of Buddhism.