Tibetan Leaders may be trying hard to woo Chinese counterparts to engage in talks to resolve the half a century old Tibetan issues, but the other side of the story reveals that Tibetan community in exile is least interested in the Mandarin (Chinese language) that was introduced in monasteries by the Tibetan government in Exile. Even after continuous encouragement of the Tibetan government in exile, there are few takers of the language. Acting on the suggestion of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration had introduced Mandarin in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries scattered across India, Nepal and Bhutan in the year 2007.
Citing the reason behind the lukewarm response, Pema Chinjor, Kalon (Minister) of the Department of Religion and Culture, CTA said most of the students in monasteries prefer Hindi and English instead of opting for Chinese. Tibetan officials said that another reason why the initiative has failed was the shortage of trained Chinese teachers.