The Sakya College is an institute of traditional Buddhist philosophical and scriptural studies where the ideals of Buddhist monasticism and rigorous scholarship are cultivated simultaneously. It was established in 1972 and is the oldest school of its kind among the Tibetans in India and Nepal. The main subjects of teaching and study at the College are the basic Buddhist scriptures of India in their Tibetan translations. Special emphasis is also laid on the commentarial and scholastic traditions of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism.
The purpose of the school is to transmit these traditions of learning to the next generations, thus training the Sakya teachers of the future. This was and still remains a crucial task because traditional Buddhist education was destroyed in Tibet itself after the Chinese Communist invasion in 1959.