Sera Je School Association, a legally registered Society as a charitable cultural and educational society with a Society Registration No. 111/85-86, manages Sera Je Secondary School. Chartered Accountants audit its books of accounts and reports sent to central and state government offices in Delhi and Mysore. The School also possess Foreign Contribution Registration Certificate from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India under which it is entitled to receive foreign contribution from any country.
After strenuous and sustained efforts, The State Government accorded recognition to Sera Je School in 1996, which was the precondition to gain affiliation with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi. Sera Je School finally succeeded in 1997 and the CBSE formally granted affiliation status to the School. Since then, SJSS became CBSE affiliated School and have been strictly following the syllabus and courses of studies and examinations per C.B.S.E guidelines and policy.
Sera Jey School was accredited by the State Government Education Department in 1986. In October 1997, it gained affiliation to Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. The first batch of class X sat for CBSE-conducted All India Secondary School Examination in the year 1998. With that, our Grade 10 students began sitting for CBSE-conducted All India Secondary School Examinations. This is a historic achievement by a Tibetan Monastic Educational Institution anywhere in the world. It is the first of its kind in the history of Tibetan Monastic Educational System. So far, many batches of Class X students successfully appeared for the CBSE-controlled Board Examinations. During the examinations, our students scored impressive marks plus the honor of attaining distinction in many subjects.
Having first began as an open air Tibetan calligraphy class, the School had its first building and classroom in the 1980’s. Since the number of students increased, there was an urgent need for an additional building for classrooms, staff quarters, dining hall and an office.
In 1986, with generous funds made available by Luca Corona family of Italy ( the chief benefactor of the School during the 70s and 80s), another new School building was built that served as an administrative Office, Staff Quarters, Science Laboratory, Students’ Dining Hall and Classrooms for senior students. Classes have been upgraded to ten.
By 1997, the existing School building has become too small to accommodate overcrowded classrooms. The number of students reached six hundred due to a sudden surge in new comers from Tibet.
In November, 2000, with necessary funds granted by Geneva-based Swiss Aid to Tibetans ‘Les amis du Tibet’, together with many Swiss sponsors, further augmented by funds pooled from other European and American organizations and individual sponsors, another new School Building was successfully built and inaugurated by Madam Josiane Tallon, Head of the Les amis du Tibet, Geneva. This building currently houses both junior and senior Classes, Science Laboratory, Computer Classroom, Staff room, Main Administrative Block that comprises the Principal’s office, Headmaster’s room, General Section and Accounts Section. It has two stories with a spacious ground in the center where Morning Assembly is held.
Hostel and Daily Routine
SJSS is akin to a residential School. Our students live in various ‘Khangtsens’, monks’ hostels with their guardian Teachers who are directly responsible for their health and education.
The School provides the Novice monks with three-times-a-day meals, books, textbooks, and robes. They follow a strict and tied daily routine schedule that starts with the Morning Prayer, Scripture Memorization, Breakfast followed by Morning classes.
After lunch, afternoon classes are held until 5:00PM. Supper follows after the classes are over. In the evening, they say prayers and memorize scriptures till 8:00PM in the School. When already in their respective quarters, they do homework and self-study until late night.
Sixteen Senior Geshes from the main Monastery serve as the Scripture Masters for the students to ensure proper training and preparation in Monastic grounding and to lay down firm foundation in basic Buddhist Dialectics and Philosophy. Teaching Faculty members comprises of qualified trained Teachers holding university degrees and with extensive teaching experience. Administrative staff also are also qualified and experienced in their respective fields.
Sera Je Secondary School (SJSS) is a Registered Charitable Educational and Cultural Institution, Duly recognized by Karnataka State Government and Affiliated to C.B.S.E. New Delhi since 1997.
No. of full time teaching staff: 29
No. of Scripture Instructors: 16
Other staffs: 14
No. of students: 561
Classes up to: Class X
School Students corner: School Canteen and Stationary Shop.
System of Education: As per Central Board of Secondary Education (Ministry of Human Resources Development) Government of India, New Delhi. Tibetan Language and Literature and Foundational Dialectics Courses prescribed by Academic Council of the School.
Educational Status and Recognition: Recognized by Karnataka State Education Department in 1996.
Recognized and Affiliated to C.B.S.E. New Delhi since 1997. Affiliation No. 8357. Affiliation granted till 31.03.2008 by CBSE, Vide letter No. CBSE/Aff/8357/2002/410 dated: 15.11.2002
Languages Taught: Tibetan, English and Hindi
Syllabus, Course of studies: Syllabus and Courses strictly as per C.B.S.E. pattern and system, and N.C.E.R.T Text Books for all subjects and Classes.
Subjects taught: Tibetan, English, Maths, Science, Social Science, Hindi, Dialectic, computer, Arts and calligraphy besides five major courses of Buddhist Philosophy.