Histroy & Background
Dickey Larsoe settlement was established in 1969 with an initial population of 2000 settlers, with the kind generosity of the Central as well as the Karnataka State Government, who had provided 2000 acres of forestland for settlement as well as for cultivation. MYARADA (NGO) has been highly instrumental in the construction of houses and in providing basic infrastructure. Subsequently, through the cooperation of local Indians as well as with the moral and financial assitance from International Organizations across the globe, the Tibetan settlers, with sheer grit and determination, succeeded in converting the entire forestland into settlement area, thereby rendering 1800 acres land for cultivation and the remaining area being utilised for Housing and Infrastructure.
Inititial population is at 2000 but as on November 30, 2005 the population stands at 4469 but the landscape and the natural resources have remained static all through the years.
The place is situated at 27600 ft. above sea level, with temperature ranging from 38° Celsius in summer (March – June) and 24° Celsius in winter (November – February) and rainfall averaging 35in. during summer.
The Settlement is headed by a Settlement Officer known as the Representative of Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan Government in Exile, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh – India. He is responsible for the overall welfare and administration of the settlement. The Office of the Representative has taken great strides:
- In the upliftment of the poor and needy and elderly by way of providing stipends.
- In pruning the health of the population thereby making them fighting fit by way of providing safe drinking water and toilet facilities to the settlers.
- In nurturing the children education by way of finding sponsors for poor, needy and deserving students, as per the guidelines from Department of Home, CTA.
- In encouraging agricultural activities among the settlers, so as to check their migration from the settlement, and more importantly in encouraging organic and natural farming practices.
- In moving the settlers to maitain and develop communal harmony, brotherhood and compassion to one and all.
No. of Villages:
Dickey Larsoe settlement is comprised of 16 villages. They are numbered in sequence according to the order in which the villages were initially formed. Each village has its own Tibetan name, by which it is identified. While 14 villages (1 – 14) are situated within the Bylakuppe locality, whereas 2 villages (15 & 16) are situated off bylakuppe at Chowkur, 25kms away. On an average, each village has 32 families and the size of each family ranges from four to fourteen.
Central School for Tibetans, Cauvery Valley Project, locally called CVP school has total strength of 416 students and 32 staffs in all. As the names suggests, it is financed and administered by the Central Tibetan Schools Administration, New Delhi. This school is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. It is located in the heart of the settlement area. The school is only up to X standard and afterwhich the students graduating from here have to make their first decision in their academic life in choosing their stream of study, which has great influence on their choice of study. At Chowkur, they have a branch school with classes only up to Vth Standard after which they are enrolled at the CST main school in one of the branches.
Three kindergarten schools, creche units (one at Chowkur) have been started within the settlement at strategic locations under the kind generosity of the Central School Welfare Board, New Delhi, Government of India. These creche units are very efficiently administered by the SOS TCV. Children aged 2 to 6 years of age are provided elementry education at these schools after which they are enrolled in schools to start their academic pursuits.
The settlement boast of two monasteries namely ‘Kagyudpa’ Monastery and ‘Tashi Lhunpo’ Monastery. These two monasteries cater to the religious needs of the settlers and play a very important role in not only preserving buddhism but also in contributing immensely in the development of the community.
- Agriculture section: inputs to farmers on credit.
- Consumer service: two shops
- Handicraft section: Carpet, Incense and Noodle
- Agriculture Rural service section: Tractor, Workshop, Flourmills
- Low cost building center
- Tibetan Feeds
- Mount Kailash Tours and Travels
Benefits extended by the Office:
The Office of the Representative has been supplementing the mid-day meal of the students by providing nutritious and healthy food to them for lunch. Besides, the Office helps the school in sponsoring Tibetan cultural costumes for encouraging Tibetan dance and music among students. The office also helps the school in providing trophies, medals and mementos towards sports and extra curricular activities of the students.
The Office of the Representative runs a hostel for those Tibetan students, who come here from Chowkur and nearby Tibetan settlements to join in CST, Bylakuppe. There are a total of 104 students here. The Office of the Representative, through the financial assistance from the state Government, Trinley Djinpa Association, France and SOS TCV is administering the hostel. The Office has a Hostel Administrator as one of its staff members, who looks after the day to day administration of the hostel. He is assisted by a Hostel Warden, a Matron and a Cook.