H.H. Drinkung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpochey
HIAL’s story started when His Holiness Drinkung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpochey, one of the top leaders in Tibetan Buddhism and UN ambassador for mountain partnership, met with Sonam Wangchuk, the founder of the SECMOL alternative school. Sonam requested His Holiness to help the Himalayan region in establishing an alternative university that would engage mountain youth in studies related to their own unique environment and needs. His Holiness gave his blessings.