Palden Dhondup la took the responsibility of the Secretary of the Department of Health, Central Tibetan Administration on 1st May 2019. He was born on July 6, 1969, in Ladakh Sonamling Tibetan Settlement and also completed his schooling at Ladakh TCV School. Thereafter, he joined The Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (Deemed University) (CIHTS) at Sarnath, Varanasi. There he completed Shastri and Acharya which are equivalent to bachelor's and master's degrees. He joined Central Tibetan Administration in 1996 and was appointed as the settlement officer of Kalimpong Tibetan Settlement. The settlement officers are the representatives of each office of CTA at respective Tibetan settlements. It acts as a medium between the head office and the local Tibetans, also assumes varied roles and responsibilities for the welfare of the community. In 2001, he was transferred to Miao Choepheling in Arunachal Pradesh to head the local office for around a year. From 2002-2006, for nearly six years, he served as the settlement officer in Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement, Odisha. From 2006-2007, he led the settlement office of Kunphenling in Ravangla and followed by a brief time in Dorling Tibetan settlement. While serving in Dorling, on February 26, 2007, Palden Dhondup was promoted to the Joint Secretary. In 2008, he was then appointed as the settlement officer of Doeguling Tibetan settlement, Mundgod which is the largest Tibetan settlement in India. Later in 2011, he was transferred to the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Delhi. The Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama functions as the nodal agent of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration. In 2013, he was appointed as the Joint Secretary in the Department of Home, CTA, and thereafter was promoted to Additional Secretary in 2014. In 2016, he presided as the Director of Tibetan Administrative Training and Welfare Society. The main aim of this society is to provide trainings, seminars, conferences, workshops and to undertake research relating to public administration & educational purposes incidental thereto.