Background of VATS (Vijayawada Association Of Tibetan Students)
In 1995, three Tibetan college students from Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India initiated to campaign the issue of Tibet in spite of their strict class attendance. As time passed by, the Tibetan college students felt the need of a platform for Tibetan students to activate their struggle for free Tibet. And thus, they formed Vijayawada Association of Tibetan Students (VATS) on 6th July 1997 and decided to carry forward the activities of the Tibetan Youth Congress.
VATS was transformed into one of the Regional Working Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), Vijayawada on 21st March, 2000 and was officially inaugurated by the former Vice President of TYC (Centrex), Karma Yeshi. Since then, the regional chapter has been actively performing the annual calendar of TYC and other different political activities for the restoration of Tibet’s independence and to make the utmost awareness campaign on the issue of Tibet throughout the city.
Members of RTYC are primarily college-going students who are shouldering great responsibilities besides studies in restoration of Tibet’s Independence. Since the inception of RTYC, they have been organizing different activities on Tibet’s cause whether political, cultural and social activities in the city.
* In the present context, Vijayawada will be the capital city of Andhra Pradesh as being divided in two state ..
Annual report :-
July 6: Celebrated H.H. Dalai Lama birthday and held prayers for his holiness’ long live ,
Sept 2 : Celebrated the 54th Tibetan democracy day
Oct 7: On the foundation day of Tibetan youth congress, RTYC distributed Tibet related materials, held film screening and organize public meetings to bring awareness among local Indians on the issue of Tibet.
Dec 10: Organized a short program on conferment of Noble Peace Prize to His Holiness and also on human rights
Jan 26: On the occasion of the Republic day of India, RTYC held a swachh Bharat progressive cleaning camp to raise awareness about the need of a clean India launched by prime minister modi.
Mar 10: Commemorated the 56th Tibetan Uprising Day.