The largest concentration of Tibetan refugees is in South India, spread throughout five settlements. A growing population and increasing number of destitute families moving into the settlements from other places had put heavy demands for more schools, particularly day-care centres, that would take care of children while parents toil on farms.
The SOS Tibetan Children's Village at Bylakuppe was opened in 1981 on sixteen acres of land donated by the settlement. After a great deal of planning and work, an idyllic children's village was created. Currently, the village has 29 homes, two hostels and complete facilities for education through class twelve. Beside this village, TCV runs ten day care centres for the benefit of the Tibetan settlers around the Bylakuppe and Hunsur areas. TCV's commitment in the South India has solved many pressing needs of the people and has contributed a great deal towards the development of the community.
Numerical data as of August, 2013
Boys (Boarders): 594
Girls (Boarders): 614
Boys (Dayscholars): 5
Girls (Dayscholars): 13