Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies


It is the central University for Tibetan Studies located in the Sarnath, Varanasi. It was established in Varanasi India in the year 1967 as an autonomous organization under the Union Ministry of Culture.

The founder of CIHTS, Benares was the Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. He consulted with the Tenzin Gyatso, the Dalai Lama and decided to establish such type of institution. The Government of India decided to accord it with the status of an autonomous body in 1977 under the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, and Government of India with the full financial support.

It was declared as a Deemed University on April 5 of 1988 by the Indian government. Currently it is headed by Prof. Ngawang Samten. It aimed to achieve excellence success in the field of Tibetology, Buddhology and Himalayan Studies.

This institute was officially announced as an university at 14th January in the year 2009. It was inaugurated by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Now it is known as the Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies.

Objectives of the Institute

  • The aim of establishing the institution is educating the youths of the Tibet and the Himalayan border students.
  • The another aim of establishing the institution is to incorporate the Sanskrit, Hindi and other modern Indian languages.


  • Faculty of shabda vidya
  • Faculty of shilpa vidya
  • Faculty of hetu and adhyatma vidya
  • Faculty of sowa rigpa and bhot jyotish Vidya
  • Faculty of adhunika vidya


  • Department of Mool Shastra
  • Department of Sanskrit
  • Department of Sampradaya Shastra
  • Department of Bon Sampradaya Shastra
  • Department of Tibetan Traditional Painting
  • Department of Bhot Jyotish Vidya
  • Department of Tibetan Traditional Woodcraft
  • Department of Classical and Modern Languages
  • Department of Social Sciences
  • Department of Sowa Rigpa
  • Department of Tibetan Languages and Literature


  • PUC1 (Baudh Dharshan)
  • PUC3 (Tibetan Astrology)
  • PUC (Tibetan Medicine)
  • PUC (Tibetan Fine Arts)
  • UG (Tibetan Fine Arts) Shastri
  • UG (Baudh Dharsan) Shastri
  • UG (Tibetan Jyotish) Shastri
  • UG (BTMS)
  • PG (Tibetan Jyotish) Acharya
  • PG (Tibetan Fine Arts) Acharya
  • PG4 (Baudh Dharshan) Acharya
  • B.Ed. (Shiksha Shastri
  • M.Phil. Vishistacharya
  • Ph.D. Vidyavaridhi

Pre-University Courses

  • Purva Madyama (2 years course)
  • Uttara Madhyama (2 years course)

Optional subjects for students

  • Political Science
  • Tibetan History
  • Economics
  • Sanskrit ‘Kha Varg’
  • Asian History
  • Pali language

Mode of selection

The mode of selection of the students in the institute is through the entrance exam score. There are three types of entrance exams like:

  • English Entrance Exam
  • Hindi Entrance Exam
  • Tibetan Entrance Exam


  • Library facility
  • Internet facility
  • Sports facility
  • Guest Houses facility
  • Health Centers facility
  • Conference Rooms facility