1 January 2021
Chagpori Annual Report 2020

Dear Chagpori Support Group members and Friends,

Below please find a short account of the activities at Chagpori during the past one year.

Activities at Chagpori during 2020

H.E. Rabjam Rinpoche graciously accepted our request to bless Chagpori pharmacy at Salugara on 27th January 2020 and also gave the oral transmission of Yuthog prayer to the doctors and students of Chagpori.

College Department:

  1. We are glad that 12 students from the 8th batch completed their 5 years of medical studies. They appeared for their oral exams in November and the written examination started from 14th December till 31st December 2020. They will undergo one year of internship from January 2021. First they will start with one month of preliminary practice (Ngondro) according to Yuthog Nyingthig. This is a special practice according to the Chagpori tradition. Then they will go to the different clinics of Men-Tsee-Khang and other clinics for their clinical internship. We gratefully thank our sponsors who have sponsored them.
  2. As the teachers and all our students live at the College premise, we were able to continue with the classes during the year.
  3. Dr. Shibu a leading practitioner in Tuina therapy from Taiwan, conducted an intensive workshop in Tuina therapy at Chagpori College in March. There were more than 40 participants from Chagpori, Men-Tsee-Khang (Dharamsala), Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Sarnath) and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Sikkim) who attended the course. As all the flights to Taiwan was cancelled Dr. Shibu stayed at Chagpori till mid-December. He continued to impart his knowledge to our doctors & students and also treated several patients in the region.
  4. On 3rd December we had an admission test for new students. Due to the travel restrictions several prospective students who applied for admission could not come for the test. We plan to have another test at the end of February 2021. Classes will commence from March 2021 for the new students.

Clinic Department:

  1. a)  Our clinics in Darjeeling, Takdah and Kurseong catered to the needs of the regular patients even during the initial days of the nationwide lockdown. From June when the first phase of the lockdown was lifted, the clinics have been functioning like usual.
  2. b)  Dr. Shibu helped us in introducing Tuina treatment in our clinics, as some of our doctors got the opportunity to get first-hand training under him for more than 8 months.

c) We re-opened our clinic at Salugara market on 27th November which is convenient for the patients to come. For the last few years it was functioning from the pharmacy which is further away from town.

Pharmacy Department:

From mid-April our doctors resumed work at the pharmacy in Salugara. We made medicines for flu, cough and fever in larger quantities and also the other medicines for our usual requirement at the clinics, before the start of the monsoon. This was essential in order to be able to cater to the needs of the patients.

Relief Work:

  1. a)  During this period many people have been affected by Covid-19 in the region. Our clinics gave free medicines for the better management of Covid-19 and also to boost ones immunity. We even conducted fourteen times ‘free medical camp’ in the region, with the sole aim to benefit the under-privileged needy people. This was possible with the generous support of Dr. Shibu, Rigdzin Foundation and Association Dordjeling.
  2. b)  With the generous help of Dr. Shibu and Dr. Edward essential relief food items were distributed six times altogether benefitting 576 needy families around Takdah and the adjoining villages/closed tea gardens.

As this pandemic affected everyone, we at Chagpori tried our best to cope with the ever evolving situation and help the people in the region by giving free medicines and relief food items.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our friends and well-wishers for your constant support and concern.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year 2021.
Board members, staff and students of Chagpori

9 September 2020
Tibetan government in exile seeks Centre’s permission to treat Covid-19 patients
9 September 2020
Motorable road till Chagpori College

We would like to inform you that Anit Thapa, GTA Chairman visited Chagpori on Friday 4th September. They plan to make a motorable road till Chagpori College.

5 April 2020
Free medicine for flu, cough and fever

Sunday April 5, the Chagpori clinic in Takdah village gave free medicine for flu, cough and fever. It was announced that one person per family could come. All together 169 persons did come.

The local Women association gave out free cotton face masks.

15 March 2020
Tibetan Medicine recognized by Indian Government

Tibetan Medicine is recognized by the Indian Government as a new member of the AYUSH system. At the moment the most important thing for Chagpori is to accomplish the permanent recognition of Chagpori as Sowa Rigpa Medical College by the Ministry of AYUSH, gov. of India. The requirements are to get an affiliation of an Indian University, for which NOC is needed from the Health Department. The NOC from the local government is already processed. With the NOC of the State Government Health Department Chagpori can work on the affiliation with the West Bengal University of Health in Kolkata.

Other requirements are a 10-bedded teaching hospital, a library and museum. These can be fulfilled gradually.

13 March 2020
Chagpori needs to upgrade

Chagpori needs to upgrade its facilities at the College at the earliest to fullfil the requirements, as per the above guidelines of the Central Council of Indian Medicine. We will be shifting the College to Salugara, as soon as the hostel is build. Than it is possible to have all the requirements as laid down by the CCIM.

27 January 2020
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche blessed the pharmacy in Salugara

Januari 27th Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Changling Rinpoche visited the pharmacy in Salugara.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche kindly blessed the pharmacy and gave the transmission of the Yuthog Yonten prayer.

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1 September 2019
Dr. Teinlay P. Trogawa visits Europe

Dr. Teinlay P. Trogawa started his Europe visit from 25th September. He will be visiting Holland, Germany, Austria and France till the beginning of November.

Talk of amchi’s Teinley Trogawa and Nel de Jong after the film “Living Compassion” about Ven dr. Trogawa Rinpoche in the Eye theater in Amsterdam.

1 August 2019
8th batch students went to north Sikkim

In August the 8th batch students went for their annual herbal identification tour to north Sikkim, under the guidance of Dr. Tenzin Phelgye (head of the pharmacy department).

15 July 2019
Inspection of the facilities at Chagpori

On 29th and 30th July 2019 an inspection team of the Central Council of Indian Medicine visited Chagpori. They visited the College at Takdah, the pharmacy at Salugara and the office-cum-clinic at Darjeeling. The main purpose of their visit was the inspection of the facilities at Chagpori, for the recognition of Chagpori as a Sowa Rigpa College.