Eight receives the prestigious Nehru – Wangchuck Scholarship
The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) in collaboration with Embassy of India in Bhutan held the Nehru – Wangchuck scholarship award ceremony at the Nehru – Wangchuck Center in Thimphu for the eight candidates who were awarded the 2015 prestigious Nehru – Wangchguck Scholarship to undergo various masters’ courses in the premium institutes in India commencing academic year 2015-2016.
The ceremony was attend by Minister for Labour and Human Resources , Lyonpo Ngeema Sangay Tshempo as the chief guest, Gautam Bambawale the ambassador of India to Bhutan, GNH secretary Sonam Wangchuk and commissioners from Royal Civil Service Commission and other government officials.
The eight candidates were awarded this prestigious scholarship through a competitive selection procedure and they are the first batch under the revised profile of scholarship scheme. They are selected for different disciplines such as engineering, management studies tourism hospitality managnent and will be placed in well known and prestigious institutions of education in India.
The Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Gautam Bambawale during the award ceremony said that the for the past six months, the Embassy of India and the RCSC have been working extremely hard to ensure that the Nehru-Wangchuck Scholarship Scheme lives up to its objective of being the premier Government of India Scholarship for Bhutanese students and aims in choosing the most outstanding Bhutanese students and placing them in premier educational institutions in India.
He further added that the goal of ensuring that the Nehru – Wangchuck scholarship scheme becomes the most pres- tigious Government of India scholarship for the Bhutanese citizens is not a onetime effort but will continue in the coming years and will become the rule.
He assured that in the years ahead, the NehruWangchuck Scholarship Scheme will indeed become one of the most sought after scholarships at the post-graduate level for Bhutanese candidates.
Talking to Bhutan Times one of the recipients of the scholarship Mewang Dorji who works as assistant registrar with the ministry of economic affairs said that he was very much delighted as a recipient of this prestigious Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship.
“The revised stipend wasn’t only the thing that I should be happy but I should be more satisfied that they are sending me to learn in one of the premier Institutes in India. Further, this is the second scholarship I am receiving after I received RGoB scholarship to pursue my under-graduate in 2005 in India.” he added. He will be perusing masters in public policy in O.P Jindal Global University in Haryana.
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during his visit to Bhutan in June last year doubled the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship to Nu. 20 million per year. The recipients are expected to leave for their courses in the last week of June.