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Back in Bhutan after 22 years

The only idea I had about Bhutan was through my school geography lesson – Neighbours of India. After post-graduation, I had joined as a junior lecturer in a college. Sometime in May of 1979, there was recruitment going on for teachers in Bhutan in SMV High School Trivandrum, India.  We, …

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Laying the foundation of a digital Bhutan

In April, my fellow Harvard Kennedy School alum Kinga Tshering wrote an article on his blog describing the potential of teaching the computer programming language Python to Bhutanese students. His post spawned a lively debate on the merits of Python versus other programming languages, and the value of teaching students …

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Education: Looking holistically and beyond

Kuensel’s May 25, 2018 editorial titled ‘Education: Looking Ahead’, does not portray our education system in its right light. The editorial targets the education system for frequent changes of its policies and further rebukes by stating ‘play not with education and the future of the nation’. I feel that such …

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Re-Normalising the exceptional

It was an event truly exceptional, viewed from the perspective of the general run of things today. How many governors of the country’s central bank will assemble the chief executive officers of important financial institutions, business leaders, investors, and policy-influencers and call upon them to be partners and stakeholders in …

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Moderation Exercise and the IWP 

In any organisational framework, Performance Management Systems (PMS) is a vital tool for assessing the employee’s contribution towards the growth of it, primarily to reward the performers and punish those who underperform. Over the years, the RCSC has been depending on Performance Evaluations (PE) to assess and monitor the performance …

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I learned more than what I taught…

An expatriate teacher recalls his first day in Bhutan  With acute pain of swollen knee (arthritis), I have been lying in my bed, thinking about my past: why did I come to Bhutan leaving a fairly good job at home? Why did I stay here for 26 years…? I remember …

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ICIMOD-Bhutan Partnership

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region is sometimes called the Earth’s “third pole.” It contains the “water towers of Asia,” 6,000 cubic kilometers of snow and ice that, through 10 rivers and basins, support more than 1.9 billion people – a quarter of the world’s population. The region is a …

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The unsung heroes

The first 46 students in Haa, 1914

Sterling teachers, who serve the Nation in an un-advertised way Teachers’ Day in Bhutan is an occasion to pay our tribute to Their Majesties the Kings of Bhutan for their tireless effort in introducing and improving the education system of Bhutan. It is also an occasion to appreciate and honour …

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