Conceived by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) was set up in 1967 after consultation with the Dalai Lama.
The CIHTS was established for education of the Tibetan young men and women who are living in exile in India and also those in border areas close to the Himalayan region.
The institute, which was earlier just an autonomous educational body under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education, Government of India was granted the status of Deemed University in 1988.
The university, one of its kinds in India, focuses on education and research in Buddhology, Tibetology and Himalayan Studies. It has earned the status of the institute of National Importance and also a five star status from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, NAAC for its excellent work in the field of education.
The Shantarakshita library in the institute houses a comprehensive collection of books, manuscripts and translations of rare works in Indian and Buddhist literature.