After the issue of the North America Representative uproar, things look to have settled down and the responsibility of the Education Department is now given to Kalon Yuthok Karma Gelek in addition to the responsibility of Department of Religion and Culture according to the official report by the Central Tibetan Administration on Friday.
“Since Kalon Ngodup Tsering has been appointed as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet, North America based in Washington DC, he will relieve his responsibilities as Kalon of Education Department from 1 January 2018. In his place, Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, Kalon of the Department of Religion and Culture, will take additional charge of Department of Education from the said date, according to a circular issued by Kashag Secretariat on 29 December 2017.” said the report in the official website of CTA.
Former speaker Penpa Tsering was removed from the post as the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to North America following a ruling from Kashag in early November. However, the issue rose to a huge uproar in the public after the clarifications of Kashag were revealed in public domain. Even public demonstrations against the ruling were carried out in India as well as in the United States.
Education Kalon Ngodup Tsering overtook the responsibility of North America Representative since the beginning of this month. Now the responsibility of the Education Department has been handed over to long serving Ven Karma Gelek on Friday.
Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok was born in the year 1955 in Tibet. After completing his studies in Buddhist dialectics and Masters in Arts (MA) degree, he joined the Central Tibetan Administration in 1986. Since then, he has served in various capacities including as the Secretary of the Department of Religion and Culture, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at OOT Japan, Secretary of the Department of Education, and finally as Secretary of the Kashag Secretariat from 2012 until his nomination as a Kalon in the 15th Kashag led by President (Sikyong) Dr Lobsang Sangay in June 2016.