Highlighting that India has “great potential”, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday praised the country for possessing the combination of modernity and ancient knowledge.

“India has great potential, combination of modernity and ancient Indian knowledge… This is what the world really needs,” the spiritual guru said in Pune after inaugurating the 2nd National Teachers’ Congress (NTC).

The NTC is an initiative supported by the Maharashtra government.

Over 8000 teachers from post graduate and undergraduate colleges of all streams and disciplines from India and 1000 teachers of Indian origin from outside India are participating in the Congress.

Dalai Lama will on Thursday return to Bodh Gaya, where he has been staying for a month since January 1 to offer prayers for world peace.

He will be in Bodh Gaya, the holy place where lord Buddha is believed to have attained his enlightenment, till February 1.

The Dalai Lama has been living in India in self-imposed exile since 1959 when he fled his homeland after Chinese Communist troops took over Tibet.