Hemis, a beautiful village in Ladakh welcomes meritorious students all around the world to learn in a serene environment & contribute to the Himalayas.
Till now people wondered about Ladakh as one of the most beautiful and serene places to visit.With its pink mountains, blue lakes, steep roads and colourful Buddhist culture this upper Himalayan region has always attracted tourists. The Naropa Fellowship is a year-long, residential, post-graduate, academic programme determined in creating and nurturing agents of change who will be working together towards constructing a sustainable socio-economic environment in Ladakh and in the region of the Greater Himalayas.
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and Co-Founded by His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche, Spiritual Regent to His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa and Dr Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Co-Founder of Ashoka University.
The fellowship will primarily deal with the increasing challenges of unemployment, lack of training and professional skills, and gradual cultural erosion in societies in the Himalayan region. The curriculum contains entrepreneurship, society and culture, communication skills and personal development tied up with project employing the fellows in working on sustainable solutions for the local community.
Q. Why did you keep undergraduate as the minimum qualification?
PRS: The key point of this Fellowship is to provide quality education. We want to start from a point where we can show immediate and faster impact. I have used this strategy earlier in Young Fellowship Programme at Ashoka University, Anant Fellowship Programme at Anant University. The main concern of this fellowship is not the degree, because students joining this programme already will have a degree in Bachelors or Masters, this is just an added value.
DTR: The Himalayas and Ladakh hail a very rich culture and thousands of students and children from Ladakh and the Himalayas are going out of India to other countries where they forget their own language, culture and identity. This fellowship is planned in Ladakh to keep these children near their family while helping them to grow in their own society, learning their culture along with the modern education, and in due course, they will be able to teach their future generations thus preserving the culture for the coming years.