CTSA was established in 1961 with the objective to establish, manage and assist schools in India for the education of Tibetan Children living in India while preserving and promoting their culture and heritage.

As on 31st March 2008, there were 71 schools spread all over India, Including Senior Secondary, Middle, Primary and Pre-Primary schools and grant-in-aid schools with 9755 students on rolls.

The following are some of the salient features of the Central Schools for Tibetans:

  • Central Schools for Tibetans are located at places that have a sizeable population of Tibetans. Most of these schools are located in hilly and far-flung areas.
  • The medium of instruction in these schools from Pre-primary to Class V is Tibetan and English from Class VI to XII. However, Hindi is taught as a compulsory subject from Class VI to VIII and is optional from class IX onwards.
  • The schools follow the 10+2 system of Education.
  • Central Schools for Tibetans prepare students for All India Secondary School Examination (X) and All India Senior School Certificate Examination (XII) conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi.
  • CTSA has six Residential schools up to +2 stage at Mussoorie, Dalhousie, Shimla, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mundgod with hostel facility for both boys and girls.
  • Deserving students coming from poor families living in the Settlements where educational facilities are not available and whose parents cannot bear boarding charges are provided with free board and lodging in these schools. The number of free boarders, however, must not exceed 360 in any case in all the six schools taken together. Boys and girls are also allowed to avail of board and lodging facilities in these six schools on payment basis and are treated as paid boarders.
  • In 27-12-1975 the Governing Body approved that as a special case those India born Tibetan children who wish to join the residential schools could be admitted provided their parents pay for the cost of board and lodging @ Rs.100/- P.M. This amount has been revised from time to time at present, it is Rs.240/- P.M.
  • Free education is imparted to the Tibetan students right from Pre-Primary to Class XII.
  • Common Annual Examination for Class V, VIII, IX, and XI are conducted to ensure uniformity in educational achievements. Pre-Board examinations for classes X and XII are also conducted to familiarize the students with the Board Question pattern.
  • Central Schools for Tibetans impart quality education. Emphasis is, however, laid on preserving and promoting the ancient Tibetan Culture and Heritage.
  • Students compulsorily get training in Tibetan music and folk dance. Co-curricular activities for all the students from Class I to XII are conducted compulsorily.
  • Tailoring is compulsory for girls and woodcraft is compulsory for boys from class VI to X in Secondary and Senior Secondary Schools.
  • Vocational Education at the +2 stage is imparted at Central School for Tibetans, Mundgod. Presently, three Commerce based Vocational Courses i.e. Stenography (English), Auditing & Accountancy and Purchasing & Store Keeping are available in this school.