||Teaching staff and students
When NNI first started its classes in 1978, Khenpo Tsundrue Phuntsog
was appointed as chief Abbot along with a couple of assistant teachers.
After his death, Khenpo Rinchen and Khenpo Dazer were invited to teach
the course as visiting professors. Khenpo Pema Sherab then taught the
course assisted by Khenpo Namdrol, Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso, Khenpo Rinzin
and Khenpo Ugyen Tseten along with some assistant teachers.
In 1989 H.H. Penor Rinpoche enthroned the first
batch of graduates with outstanding academic performance as Khenpos.
Another batch of
nine Khenpos was enthroned in 1994. Each year, a large number of students
graduate from the Institute and over fifteen scholars are annually
sent to teach in other monasteries in India, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal and
elsewhere. Today, NNI has over thirtyfive teachers including fifteen
Khenpos who teach regularly and two chief disciplinarians. The Institute
also has received great benefit from the frequent visits and teachings
of Buddhist adepts and savants like Khenpo Jigphuen Rinpoche, Khenpo
Rinchen, Khenpo Dazer, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Acharya Pema Gyeltshen.
The total number of residential students reached three hundred and
fifty and that of auditors reached eighteen at the beginning of 1995
session. NNI is expecting a rise in the number of students by over
forty every year. For instance, ninety people sat for the admission
test and interview during the 1995 entry and only seventy of them passed.
Because of accommodation problems, however, NNI could admit only forty
The residential students are those who have registered as members
of the Institute and undertake the entire course and examinations to
obtain the degrees conferred by NNI. They usually stay within the Institute
premises following the daily routine and regulations of the Institute
and have access to the food and accommodation facilities in the Institute.
Unlike the residentials, the auditors can come to the classes but they
need not follow the whole routine and syllabus, nor do the examinations.
They do not get the degrees and certificates either except in some
special cases. Students here come from very diverse communities and
backgrounds. Most of the students come from far away places like Tibet,
Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh and other parts of India. There are also
research scholars coming from the United States and Europe to study
under the team of learned Khenpos here.
The Administrative Faculty
There are two different administering bodies that
run the Institute. The General Management Committee looks after the
Primary School, Nunnery and all the branches affiliated to the Namdrölling
monastery. It is made up of several members selected through the choice
of majority or appointed by H.H. Penor Rinpoche. Its members are:
H.H. Penor Rinpoche
The disciplinarian of the monastery, The Secretary of the monastery,
The Treasurer of the monastery, The Principal of the school, The
Incharge of the Nunnery, The officiating In?charge, Other Staff
of the monastery.
The Faculty of the Institute is a unique body that administers only
NNI. Its members include: President Vice, President Secretary, Treasurer,
Head Librarian, Chief Disciplinarian, Other councilor.
Any kind of major deliberations concerning the monastery and its branches
must be made by the General Management Committee. When H.H. Penor Rinpoche
the chairperson is not present other members can make any minor decisions.
The Faculty of the Institute must supervise the administration and
maintenance of discipline in the Institute. The Faculty should seek
H.H. Penor Rinpoche's advice and guidance while making any major decisions
and must follow the deliberations made by the General Management Committee.
The Faculty has the full right to finalize matters pertaining to the
maintenance of discipline and academic routine. The disciplinarians
and all members of the teaching staff are responsible for the maintenance
of disciplinary rules and regulations and the chastisement for any
violations. The Faculty must hold monthly gatherings to give the students
advice and admonitions and to correct their misdemeanors.