Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Entrance of the Institute building
Established1 October 1958 (1958-10-01)[1]
LocationGangtok, Sikkim, India

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT) is a Tibet museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, India, named after the 11th Chogyal of Sikkim, Sir Tashi Namgyal.[2] The institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on a computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution. Khempo Dhazar served as head of the Sheda, a Nyingma college attached to the Institute, for six years.[3]


The foundation stone of the museum was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on 10 February 1957.[4] On October 1, 1958, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology.[5] Sir Tashi Namgyal, the then Maharaja of Sikkim, changed its name into the "Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology".[6]

Academic journals[edit]

The Bulletin of Tibetology is an academic journal published by the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.[7]


  1. ^ American University (Washington, D.C.). Foreign Areas Studies Division (1964). Area Handbook for Nepal (with Sikkim and Bhutan). U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 372–.
  2. ^ Abhijeet Deshpande (19 December 2017). Backpacking North East India: A Curious Journey. Notion Press. pp. 228–. ISBN 978-1-946556-80-6.
  3. ^ Silverstone, Marilyn. "Five Nyingma Lamas in Sikkim" (PDF). pp. 13-.
  4. ^ Central Asia. Area Study Centre (Central Asia), University of Peshawar. 2006.
  5. ^ "Darbar Gazette: Royal Charter of Incorporation of the Sikkim Research Institute of Technology". Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, British Library: EAP880/1/1/240. Sikkim Palace Archives, Gangtok: Kingdom of Sikkim. 1959. p. 42. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  6. ^ American Institute of Indian Studies (1980). American Institute of Indian Studies Quarterly Newsletter. American Institute of Indian Studies. pp. 37-.
  7. ^ "Digital Himalaya: Bulletin of Tibetology". Digital Himalaya. Retrieved 18 October 2023.

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