Dharamshala: The handover-takeover ceremony between the outgoing and new Secretary of the Department of Health was held today. Former Director of Tibetan Administrative Training and Welfare Society, Palden Dhondup took charge as the new Secretary of the Department of Health.
The brief ceremony was attended by representatives of Delek Hospital including Chief Administrator Dawa Phunkyi , representatives of Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute (Men-Tsee-Khang) and staffs of the Department of Health.
Secretary Tsegyal Chukya Dranyi, outgoing Secretary is succeeded by the new Secretary Palden Dhondup. Secretary Tsegyal Chukya Dranyi was recently appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary. Both the outgoing and the new Secretary assumed a traditional exchange of greetings with a ceremonial scarf followed by signing on the official handover-take over documents, by the former and new Secretary.
The ceremony was concluded with both former and newly appointed Secretary greeting the staffs of the department individually.
Palden Dhondup was born on July 6, 1969, in Ladkah. He completed his schooling from TCV school Ladakh and thereafter completed his studies from Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies at Varanasi attaining a degree in Shastri and Acharya. In the year 1997, he was appointed as the settlement officer of Kalimpong Tibetan settlement. In 2001, he was appointed as the settlement officer of Choephelling Tibetan settlement in Miao, Arunachal Pradesh. From 2002-2006, Palden Dhondup was appointed as the settlement officer of Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement, Odisha. From 2006-2007, he presided as the settlement officer of Kunphenling Tibetan settlement in Ravangla. In 2007 he was appointed as the settlement officer of Darjeeling Tibetan settlement. On February 26, Palden Dhondup was promoted to Joint Secretary position. He was appointed as the settlement officer of Doeguling
Tibetan settlement, Mundgod in 2008. Later in the year 2011, he was transferred to the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai lama in Delhi. In 2013, he was appointed as the Joint Secretary in the Department of Home and thereafter was promoted to Additional Secretary in 2014. From 2016 he has been presiding as the Director of Tibetan Administrative Training and Welfare Society until on May 1, 2019 when he took charge as new Secretary of the Department of Health.