Dickyi Larsoe, Bylakuppe

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.

Geographic Information

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.

Settlement Population

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Settlement information:

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, 2 villages (15 & 16) are situated off bylakuppe at Chowkur, 25kms away from Bylakuppe settlement. On an average, each village has 32 families and the size of each family ranges from four to fourteen.

School One STSS Secondary school (upto 10th standard)
3 kindergarden schools
Health facilities One modern allopathic hospital
Tsojhe-khangsar hospital (under Health dept.)
One Tibetan Medical and Astro institute
Monastery The settlement has 3 monasteries

Administration Setup

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:

  • 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 maintain 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, 25 kms away. On an average, each village has 32 families and the size of each family ranges from four to fourteen.

Cooperatives:

The Tibetan Dickey Larsoe Primary Agricultural Credit Co-operative Society was established in the year 1969 under Karnataka Co-operative Act, with the sole objective of raising the standards of living among members and also to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspiration of members through democratically controlled business.

It also aims to make available the improved method of farming, new agricultural tools, products and other technology to encourage the farmers towards modern farming methods. The Society renders service to the members through following branches:

  • Agriculture section: Provides inputs to farmers on credit.
  • Consumer Section: Provides grocery items to members on competitive price.
  • Handicraft section: Preservation of culture and tradition with hand woven Tibetan carpets.
  • Incense Section: Preservation with employment generation to members.
  • Tractor cum Workshop Section: Provides on time agricultural equipment to the farmers.
  • Tibetan Feeds Unit: Provides feeds to members and local Indians.
  • Water Purification Plant: Provides purified drinking water on nominal rate.

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.

 

Nearest Railway station Mysore 94 Km from settlement
Nearest Airport Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru 272 Km from settlement
Bus and Taxi services Yes
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