Mr Pema Chinnjor was born in Karze in eastern Tibet’s Kham province in 1945. He attended school in Gaden Monastery. In 1958, he joined Chushi Gangdruk to fight against the Chinese communist invasion and followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama to exile in India in 1959.
After arriving in India, he taught Tibetan language and history in the Department of Asian Studies, Punjab University at Chandigarh from 1964-1984. In 1968, he wrote and published published the book ”New Plan Tibetan Grammar and Translation”. The book was revised in 1993 and has been one of the best sellers at Paljor Publications. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political from DAV College, Chandigarh in 1975.
In 1972, he founded Tibetan Regional Youth Congress in Chandigarh and served four consecutive terms as it’s President. Subsequently, he was elected member of the Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Youth Congress.
In 1983, he participated in the World’s Buddhist conference in Sri Lanka along with Dhobum Tulku and Khamdrul Khamdrul Rinpoche as the Tibetan Delegation. He also appointed as Vice President of Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society in Bangalore, India, in 1984.
In 1992, he was elected as a member of Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputy for two terms.
From 1997-2001, he was elected as Kalon of the Department of Security. In 2004, he was elected steering committee member of ARDA (Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia) and attended meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan. He attended the first Biennial Conference of WFDA (World Forum for Democratization in Asia) in Taiwan in 2005. In 2007, he received Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition upon receiving United States Citizenship. He was appointed Tibet Fund Board Member in 2009.
In 2011, he was nominated and assigned as Kalon of the Department of Religion and Culture under the political leadership of Dr. Lobsang Sangay.