Chagpori Tibetan Medical College is at this moment located at Takdah
Cantonment, about twenty-seven kilometres from Darjeeling.
The College has been training students since 1992. The students
have to complete five years of studies after which they have one
year of internship. During the first five years they study the theory
and basics of Tibetan medicine and also Tibetan grammar and English.
During the internship period the students are given the opportunity
to learn the different aspects of clinical practice and medicine-making.
Throughout the entire period emphasis is also on the study and practice
of Medicine Buddha rituals and dharma teachings related to healing.
These are the important aspects which characterise the Chagpori
system of medicine.
The 4th intake of nine Chagpori doctors successfully completed
their medical studies. In June 2011 convocation of the Chagpori
doctors was held at Chagpori College, Darjeeling. It is the first
time to have a batch of only female doctors graduating, in the history
Since March 2008 there are twelve students studying in the fifth
intake. From September 2011 we admitted six new students for the
sixth intake. We are still looking for sponsors for the students
to help us supplement the expenses of their studies.
In 2013 we plan to start with the seventh intake of students.
Qualifications were originally awarded by CTMI and the Tibetan Medical
and Astro Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang) which administered the examinations,
but now with the current students the final examinations will be
supervised by representatives of the Central Council of Tibetan