Introduction
Sermey Thoesam School Charitable Educational Society was established in 1976 and recognized by the Ministry of Karnataka State Government. Its objectives are for the preservation of culture, heritage and education. Besides over and above imparting contemporary education by qualified and experienced faculty. The students are also provided with food, health care, and educational aids like books, stationeries and other facilities all free of cost. Our school only runs with the help of donations and sponsorships from our beloved foreigners’ brothers and sisters. Every kind donation is utilized at our best way to take care of the children with education, food, shelter and health care.

STS Charitable Institution
Sermey Thoesam School is registered as a charitable cultural and educational society under Ministry of Karnataka State Government registration no. 101:94-95 dated 24th August 1994. It manages the administration of the school. Memorandum of association & Rules and Regulations of the association is duly maintained as registered. The books of account and reports audited by the Chartered Accountant for every financial year are duly filed to the State and Central official Govt. in Mysore and Delhi.

The school is certified with Foreign Contribution Registration Certificate (FCRA) no. 094590063 dated 23rd April 1985 under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India that is entitled to receive any Foreign Contribution.

STS History
Sermey Thoesam School was founded in 1976, under the guidance of re-established Sera-Mey Monastery. It was the first ever school started in the year teaching Tibetan, English and Mathematics to the students. There were not many students during those times and teaching was held at the open ground. Educational facilities were never available like we have presently.

There was no particular class room that the students were taught, but sat on the ground where found shade around under the trees was their best comfort and they did their studies. Computers, Textbooks and Desk and benches were out of their mind at the time, only books and pencils available with them was their most satisfactory.

Presently, our beloved benefactors’ brothers and sisters around the world had extended their heartiest generous contributions in helping us for a long time to accomplish our charitable school organized to give a poor child a chance of education for their future life educated and proud.

Daily Activity:
STS is a residential school alike. Students live in various “Khangtsens (monk residential house)” with their guardian Teachers who are given responsible to take care of their student’s health and home education. The students come in the day to school since morning 06.00 am until 08.00 pm daily except Tuesdays have no classes (off day) but students have to come for their meals. The school provides them 3 times of meals and besides note books, textbooks, school bags, writing tools and monk robes etc.

  • 05.45 am – 06.00 am Wake up time
  • 06.00 am – 06.30 am Early morning Prayers
  • 06.30 am – 07.30 am Memorization and recitation of text
  • 07.30 am – 08.00 am Break-fast
  • 08.00 am – 08.30 am Break time
  • 08.30 am – 08.45 am Morning Assembly
  • 08.45 am – 11.00 am Morning class session ( 3 classes with 45 mins. each )
  • 11.45 am – 02.00 pm Lunch time
  • 02.00 pm – 04.30 pm Afternoon class session ( 3 classes with 45 mins. each )
  • 04.30 pm – 05.00 pm Leisure time
  • 05.00 pm – 05.30 pm Dinner
  • 05.30 pm – 06.00 pm Break time
  • 06.00 pm – 08.00 pm Text recitation and tea or milk break
  • 08.00 pm – 10.00 pm Home Self study

Teaching Subjects
Subjects taught in the morning and afternoon classes are:

  1. Tibetan Language,
  2. Tibetan History,
  3. English,
  4. Mathematics,
  5. General Science,
  6. Social Studies and
  7. Hindi.

Academic Tests & Examination
Every academic year, for the judgment of students’ learning and understanding progress, the school conducts 4 class tests and 2 unit tests assessment recorded in progress card. The valued marks obtained in the tests are accumulated to the final examination. The percentage as a whole is proportioned to the tests and final examination. The minimum final examination percentage requirement is scaled to determine the worth of student’s promotion to higher class. Teachers are held meeting for the final determination of the results and the progress card is being verified and reports to their respective individual master.

  • No. of official staff : 4
  • No. of teaching staff : 12
  • No. of scripture teacher : 6
  • No. of Dialectic teacher : 2
  • Other staff : 10
  • Total no. of students : 302
  • Classes up-to : 8th Standard
  • Others : Library, Computer section and Arts.
  • Educational System : As per Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) text books of all subjects for all classes and Tibetan texts and languages prescribed by Department of Education, Dharamsala.
  • Languages taught : Tibetan, English and Hindi
  • Subjects taught : Tibetan, English, Mathematics, G.Science, Social Studies, Dialectic Studies, Calligraphy, Computer education and Arts.

Thanks Giving to Donors & Sponsors
Many of our kind foreigners’ brothers and sisters, esteemed organizations and individual families that has extended their sympathetic and kind hearted help for us at our past years and at present helping continuously on sponsorship, donations, projects and any way of your kind support for our children, we really appreciate all of you and hereby would like to extend our heartiest thanks to you. We ensure you that every kind donation you have sent us will be utilized in our best way to benefit children with their needs at our school.

Your donation helps to our 300 numbers of children for their education, food, health care and stationeries. Our school consists of children from escaped Tibet and poor families in Himalayan regions like Ladakh, Tawang (A.P), Sikkim and Nepal.

PROJECTS

Regular Projects (Books & Educational Aids)

  1. Child Sponsorship Monthly US$ 25.00
  2. Books & Educational Aids Yearly US$ 4,500.00
  3. Library Books Yearly US$ 2,000.00
  4. Food Fund Yearly US$ 33,750.00
  5. School Bags Yearly US$ 1,000.00
  6. Teachers & Staff Salary Yearly US$ 21,250
  7. Monk Robes Yearly Yearly US$ 10,000.00
  8. Classroom Maintenance Yearly US$ 5,000.00
  9. Water Maintenance Yearly US$ 1,000.00

One Time Projects (Books & Educational Aids)

  1. Additional Desks & Benches One time US$ 10,000.00
  2. Additional Computer Systems One time US$ 4,690.00
  3. Drinking Water Machinery One time US$ 10,000.00
  4. One time US$ 2,000.00
  5. Photo Copier Machine One time US$ 2,780.00
  6. Additional Teachers’ Quarter One time US$ 45,000.00

Help Us On
We appeal your generous help on any of the above projects. You may help us in any amount that surely does benefit our children.

Your Donations Can Be Sent By
You can send us your donations/sponsorships by Cheque / Demand Draft (DD) / Telegraph Transfer (TT) / International Money Order (IMO) ….. in favor of “SERMEY THOESAM SCHOOL”.

Bank Details & Bank Name
Address: SYNDICATE BANK ( Bylakuppe Branch )
B.M. Road, P.O. Bylakuppe – 571104
Mysore Distt., K.S. India

IFSC No:  SYNB0001708
SWIFT CODE:  SYNBINBB 087
Currency Code:  Euro : SYNBINBB 118

US $: BKTRUS 33
UK £: BARCGB 22
Swiss Fr: UBSWCH2H80A
Our Bank A/C No: 17082200006206

You Can Send Us Your Donations Using “SWIFT CODE” To Our Bank Account For Most Reliable And Fastest Money Transfer & Transaction. (Recommended)

You can even send us your donations by PAYPAL through our email address ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.’ from your paypal account.

You are advised that if time permits we request you to send us an email with address for the confirmation of donor’s identification and the purpose of donation for allowing us to send you our official receipt with purpose detail soon after the donation received/credited to our bank account. (Recommended)

Sending your kind donations can be done either of the above at your ease.

Contact Detail

The Principal 
Sera Mey Thoesam School 
P.O. Bylakuppe - 571104 
District Mysore, Karnataka State 

Phone: +91-8223-258697
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Current Officer

  1. Geshe Lobsang Choephel (Principal)
  2. Ven. Tsering Phuntsok (Head Master)

 

Introduction:
Sera Mey Thosum Norling Monastic University is a branch of Sera Theckchenling Monastery, one of the most important Buddhist monastic academic seats of learning. It is re-established in exile at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, South India. Sera Mey Social Service Society is a non- profitable health care center that caters to the need of monks as well as local Indians and Tibetans.

In 1949 China entered Tibet from the east and gradually began its occupation. H.H. the Dalai Lama did everything within his means to bring about an amicable solution beneficial to Tibet and China alike but without any success. Communist China would not relent as they only wanted to annex Tibet, and completely ignored the humane aspect of the Dalai Lama's proposition. As the situation in Tibet deteriorated, H.H. the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet into India with a few thousand Tibetans in 1959 and sought refuge in India.

After arriving in India, Tibetans were deployed on road construction. The younger generations were sent to temporary schools, and with 1300 monks who escaped to India a monastic Institute was started in the eastern part of India. On 13th December of 1969, around 300 monks were shifted to Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in Karnataka and Sera Theckchenling Monastery was thus established. Thereafter, new monks were recruited from the settlements to start a proper monastery. Since 1982, with the influx of new arrivals from Tibet after China relaxed its policy in Tibet, the monasteries in the exile Tibetan settlements got many new recruits who have now become senior monks at those monasteries. Now, there are we around 4500 monks in Sera Monastic University.

Unfortunately, as Tibetans who newly arrived from Tibet were not accustomed to the climate and water in India, and due to deprivation of proper nutrition, many of them suffered from various diseases. To add to the problem, there was no proper hospital nearby. Thus, to make up for what is not properly available, initially in 1987 a social service group was started to treat minor wounds and infections, and to provide some form of medical service. A few years later, with the gracious donations from philanthropists abroad, they were able to invite a visiting doctor for half a day on a daily basis. Gradually a temporary clinic to diagnose illnesses and treat patients was established. However, there was no permanent doctor or health workers at that time. Fortunately, we had some volunteers from the west whose contribution truly helped in those difficult days.
As there was insufficient space to store medicines and medical equipment, our monastic school provided two rooms that served as a clinic for all who needed some immediate medical care. Mr. H. Poitner, a member of Norling Dharma Centre, from Germany initiated and assisted in the construction of a full fledged hospital. In 1998 the construction of the present hospital began under the supervision of Geshe Jampa Wangden. The exterior of the hospital has traditional Tibetan architectural design and the interior has modern architectural design.

The hospital is a building with two floors. On the ground floor, there are separate rooms for consultation, X-ray, echocardiogram, patients' record, treatment and orientation room for health workers, dental clinic, laboratory and dispensary.

On the first floor there is a conference room, traditional Tibetan medical clinic (a branch of Tibetan Medical and Astro- Institute, Dharamsala) with a dispensary for Tibetan medicine, store room, management office, staff quarter, and a store room.

In the year 2000, before Gyalrong Khensur Rinpoche’s first visit to Taiwan, the management of the Sermey Social Service approached him and apprised him of the need to construct a guest house and a restaurant to provide accommodation for relatives visiting Sera, western guests or pilgrims and others visiting Sera monastery. Gyalrong Khensur Rinpoche assured the management of his assistance and soon a guest house with 24 rooms and a restaurant became a reality due to his generosity. The guest room has a small garden in its front. In August 2001 the branch clinic of Astro and Medical Institute was established in collaboration with Mentsekhang.

On 1st December 2002, when H.H. the Dalai Lama inaugurated the new Sermey Thoesam Norling Monastic University, he also briefly visited the Sermey Social Service Hospital to bless it.

The management of the Sermey Social Service Hospital keeps a record of the donations so received, as per government regulation.

Sermey Social Service Hospital provides medical service to the monks, local Tibetans and the Indians alike.

  • Diagnosis and consultation
  • Laboratory
  • Dispensary
  • X-Ray
  • Dental clinic
  • Treatment
  • Orientation
  • Ambulance

Social Service:

  1. The Sermey Social Service Hospital provides free diagnosis, treatment, medicines and X-Ray facilities to all around Sera Monastery, especially to the poor and needy locals.
  2. The hospital staff make daily visits to those suffering from tuberculosis to give them medicines
  3. If the ambulance is needed, the patience needs to pay only for the fuel.
  4. In order to maintain a clean environment around the monastery, garbage is collected twice a day
  5. Purified treated water is available for free
  6. Free clinical consultation and medical help are provided during large gatherings at the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Staff:
At the Hospital office there are two coordinators, a cashier and a secretary. The two coordinators are elected by the monks for a term of three years. The hospital has a doctor and nineteen health workers and five people to maintain cleanliness within the monastic compound. In total there are now twenty nine staff members.

Dr. Daniel and his wife Dr. Kris from America are the chief medical officers at the hospital. Since 2002, they have provided their medical service with complete sincerity and dedication. During emergency they even visit patients at their places. Those monks in our monastery who wish to serve as health workers are required to get the consent of the abbot and disciplinarian.

Purpose:

  1. To help the poor monks, local Tibetans and Indians in emergency so that they go get better treatments at standard hospital.
  2. To improve environmental cleanliness by means such as collecting plastic bags and bottles for recycling.

Request for Help:

S.NoParticularsAmount in RupeesAmount in US $
1 Annual drugs and medicinal expense 17,59,000.00 27,060.00
2 Emergencey & medical support for Sera Mey Monks 2,55,000.00 3,925.00
3 Medical equipment, office stationery etc for annually 5,04,000.00 7,754.00
4 Environmental project for yearly 6,50,000.00 10,000.000
5 Electricity and fuel for power per year 5,03,000.00 7,738.00
6 Salary for Doctors, Staffs and Health Workers per year 15,00,000.00 23,077.00

Coontact:
Sermey Social Service Society
P.O Bylakuppe 571104
Mysore Dist
India

Phone: +91 8223 258452
Fax: +91 8223 258476
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Bank:
Sermey Social Service Society
State Bank Of Mysore
LSTS Colony Branch
A/c No: 64021444888
Electronic Transfer No: SBMY0040545

Current Officer:

  1. Geshe Lobsang Thupten (Administrator)
  2. Geshe Lobsang Jangchup (Administrator)

Department