The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, in Sikkim recently celebrated it's 50th founding anniversary. The land was donated by late Religious King Tashi Namgyal of Sikkim. On Feb. 10th of 1957 the Dalai lama laid the foundation stone of the institute and in 1958, the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Mr. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had declared the institute open and his daughter the late Prime Minister India Gandhi graced the Silver Jubilee Celebration.
The five day Golden Jubilee celebration was attended by many Tibetologists from all over the world. The Governor of Sikkim graced the celebration. The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling while addressing the gathering said that at present Sikkim has 104 monasteries, 18 Tamang Monasteries and 15 Gurung Monasteries and 224 Mani Lhakhangs. Both Tamang and Gurungs of Sikkim claim their root to the Tibet. Among others they have invited Mr. Gene Smith from U.S.A The institute which had received a set of valuable books and texts from the Dalai Lama as gifts between 1956 and 1957 had made great contribution in preserving Tibetan Buddhist Texts books.