Prof. Gangnegi was born in a remote tribal village, Kanam, in the District of Kinnauar (Himachal Pradesh) situated on the border of Tibet. He is the first educated member of his family. After completing middle school he left his village for Delhi. He attended the Ladakh Institute of Higher Studies, a Center for Himalayan Buddhists. Dr. Gangnegi completed his MA, M.Phil. and Ph.D degrees in Buddhist Studies in the Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi. Currently, he is a senior lecturer and teaches the Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism. Prof. Gangnegi traveled with Nirmala Deshpande to join a celebration of 1000 years of Tabo monastery in Spiti (HP). She asked him to look after Harijan Sevak Sangh in Delhi, an Institution founded by the Mahatma Gandhi to eradicate untouchability in the Indian social system. For the last two years, he has served as secretary for Harijan Sevak Sangh affairs. Being in Buddhist studies, Prof. Gangnegi is also associated with Buddhist organizations and Tibetan issues. He is equally interested in learning more about Himalaya and Himalayan cultures to which he feels a strong attachment.
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