During the initial years,
when the College functioned in Mussoorie, the academic activities progressed
excellently under the able guidance of Khenpo Appey Rinpoche. However, there
were problems due to the uncertainty and poor conditions of accommodation. It
was then felt that the College should have its own premises.
late Dr. Leo Pruden of Los Angeles, USA, promised to provide funds to buy a
house. Many sites were visited in Mussoorie in search of a proper house, but
nothing siuitable was found because of very high prices and lack of atmosphere
conducive to monastic education.
A year later, while searching in every direction of Dehra Dun for
a suitable site, the search finally ended at Kuthal Gate and the present site
was acquired. In 1978, the College was fortunate enough to purchase the
beautiful site overlooking the Doon Valley on the road to Mussoorie.
Again, the late Dr. Pruden sponsored the initial funds for
construction. In early 1979, H. H. Sakya Trizin and the District Magistrate of
Dehra Dun jointly laid the foundation stone of the College building. Additional
major funds were provided by Mr. Lee of Kuala Lumpur and Mr. Joseph Ling of
In late 1980, when the first stage of building construction was
nearly completed, the College moved into this, its present campus, which is
situated 12 kms from Dehradun and 18 from Mussoorie. Classes were held in some
of the bigger rooms for sometime. In 1985 the second stage of construction ended
which included the main temple, the library and additional classrooms.
All the students at the time contributed much of the physical
labor for the construction work and some of the gifted students with artistic
skill helped a lot in carving and painting the traditional designs on the
building. In 1990, again work began on the construction of the second floor of
more living quarters for the students and was completed in early 1992.
It is a matter of great pride for the College that the entire
building plan and the architectural designs were created by none other than
Khenpo Appey Rinpoche himself. No modern engineer or architect was taken into
The college is again embarking on a new project of building
hostels for the increasing numbers of students who are seeking admission.
Many students are unable to be accepted due to shortage of living
quarters. The work has already begun and any helping is most welcome and may be
directed toward the College Principal.