Eligibility of new candidates
The new candidates must have the following requirements
in order to join the NNI as residential students:
This is a monastic institute therefore,
all its residential members are monks or nuns.
The candidate must already be a celibate
monk or nun or must be willing to get ordained as a monk or nun after
joining the Institute.
The candidate must desire and aim to
undertake the complete course and graduate from the Institute.
The candidate must be able to follow
the entire regulations and routines of the Institute.
The candidate must be willing to carry
out mandatory assignments imposed by the Faculty and its members.
NOTE: Fluent Tibetan
is required for entrance into courses.
The application for admission addressed to the Faculty
of the Institute must reach the chief disciplinarian at least two weeks
before the scheduled entrance examinations. The application must clearly
state the pledge to abide by above conditions and must contain a list of
studies already completed. Along with the applications are needed:
i) School certificate testifying that one has
studied at least up to VIIIth class if one comes from a school.
ii) A letter of recommendation from the head of the monastery/Institute/center
if one is coming from such a place.
iii) Those who are not included in the two above groups must submit their
curriculum vitae with the application for consideration by the Faculty.
Candidates complying with the above facts are allowed
to sit for both the written and oral tests. Admittance to the Institute
depends primarily on the performance in the entrance examinations and partly
upon previous records and behavior. The questions put in the entrance examinations
are basically on primary Buddhist teachings, History of Buddhism and Tibetan
grammar. This is a Tibetan Medium Institute and the knowledge of written
and spoken Tibetan language is very important. If the student passes the
entrance examinations he must then get registered by filling out the admission
form. The form can be obtained from the office or from the disciplinarian.
Every member of the Institute must wear clothes and robes
that conform to the rules of the monks. Any garment that does not comply with
the rules laid down in the Vinaya scriptures are prohibited. Unscrupulous
activities and entertainments unbecoming to a monk are strictly prohibited
in the Institute. The students are not allowed to take leave during class
and study hours. (In unavoidable cases, proper permission must be obtained.)
Respect and obedience to the senior students, teaching staff and Khenpos
are very important. The student must also be loyal to the disciplinarians
and obey their commands and admonitions. No students are allowed to arouse
regional, ethnic or sectarian discriminations or form any such groups. There
is a set of rules adopted in accordance with the prevailing time and circumstances.
Everyone joining this Institute is expected to live up to it and undertake
the chastisement duly in case of infringements.
Examination and Promotion
Bimonthly examinations are conducted for first and second
year students but other students need to take only the Annual Examination
at the end of the academic year. The Board of Examiners, which is made up
of two chief examiners, other Khenpos and appointed supervisors from outside,
arrange and supervise the examinations. All the texts studied in the year's
syllabus are grouped into five papers and each carries the total mark of
a hundred. The question papers are set and correction of answers done by
renowned scholars who live and teach outside NNI. This is done in order
to maintain the high academic standard of the Institute and eschew any form
of discriminatory acts and corruption.
The results of the annual examination are announced within
fifteen days before the new session. H.H. Penor Rinpoche always presides
over the result dayceremony bestowing prizes to those who passed with
distinction. Students must pass all of the five papers to get promoted to
the next grade. The pass mark to be obtained in case of major subjects is
forty and that of minor subjects thirty-three. Those who pass and rank above
three hundred marks are grouped under the first division, above two hundred
fifty under second division and those below two hundred fifty are termed
as third division.
Requirements for Examination
Students are required to fulfill the following conditions
in order to qualify to sit for the Annual Examination: The student must,
except in some special cases, attend not less than eighty percent of the
lessons taught to his class in an academic year. The student must cover
all the subjects on which the examinations for him are conducted. If he
fails to attend all of his lessons, he must seek private tuition from a
tutor recognized by the Institute. The student must submit the complete
memorization test within the period of time proposed by the Faculty. Memorization
test is the recitation of twenty-five pages or more of root texts by the
student before a teacher or Khenpo. If the student is found guilty of dishonesty
and mischievous acts done deliberately against the rules of the examination,
he shall be forbidden to sit for the rest of the papers. If the student
has committed any serious misdemeanor and disobedience during the academic
year, the Faculty shall consider its gravity and could thus restrict the
student from appearing for the examinations. If the student fails his examination
of a certain grade for three consecutive years, he shall not be allowed
to appear for the examinations.
All students of NNI must sign the following Oath of Allegiance:
Oath of Allegiance
On this day, I________________________seek
to thank and reaffirm my gratitude to H.H.Penor Rinpoche,Ngagyur Nyingma Institute (Shedra), and its members for the honorable degree and all privileges that
I have been conferred. Herewith, I pledge solemnly to remain myself an industrious
member of the Institute and to work towards its noble goal, namely to uphold
and propagate Buddhism in general and the unique teachings of the supreme
Ngagyur Tradition in particular.
As long as I live, I shall abide myself and guide others to abide in the
sacred path of nonviolence and altruism which are the pillars of World
Peace. Above all, I shall remain perpetually indebted and grateful to the
Institute from where I acquired my education. I offer my promise to follow
the mandate of the Institute with loyalty and diligence and to eschew any
from of disrespect, dishonor and disservice so as to promulgate the prestige
and reputation of the Institute.