Fund re­lease for Nehru-Wangchuck Schol­ar­ship

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The Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion re­ceived a sum of Nu. 15 mil­lion for the “Nehru-Wangchuck Schol­ar­ship” from the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia (GoI). The cheque was handed over by Jaideep Sarkar, the Am­bas­sador of In­dia to Bhutan to Dasho Karma Tshi­teem, the Chair­man of the Royal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (RCSC) last Wed­nes­day.

The “Nehru-Wangchuck Schol­ar­ship” is a pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship pro­gramme that demon­strates the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Bhutan’s best and the bright­est peo­ple to study in pre­mier In­dian In­sti­tutes. In par­tic­u­lar, this is ex­pected to de­velop hu­man re­source ca­pac­i­ties in ar­eas crit­i­cal to Bhutan’s de­vel­op­ment.

The Nehru-Wangchuck Schol­ar­ship was in­sti­tuted on 19th June 2009 with the sign­ing of Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween-Bhutan and the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in Thim­phu. The du­ra­tion of the MoU for first phase of the schol­ar­ship was for five years which ended in June 2014. Dur­ing this phase, a to­tal of 39 Bhutanese were awarded this pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship and they un­der­went var­i­ous long-term train­ings in In­dia.

Then it was re­newed for an­other five years com­menc­ing June 2014. In the same year, fol­low­ing the his­toric visit of Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia, Naren­dra Modi to Bhutan, the bud­get out­lay for Nehru-Wangchuck Schol­ar­ship was dou­bled from Nu. 10 mil­lion to Nu. 20 mil­lion per year. Ac­cord­ingly, the cri­te­ria for se­lec­tion for this schol­ar­ship was also re­vised and the monthly stipend was in­creased from Nu. 25,000 to Nu. 50,000 per month and the es­tab­lish­ment al­lowance was also dou­bled from Nu. 5,000 to Nu. 10,000. This was done to en­hance the pres­tige and at­trac­tive­ness of the schol­ar­ship. So far, 35 Bhutanese were awarded this pres­ti­gious schol­ar­ship un­der the re­vised scheme of 2nd phase of the schol­ar­ship. They pur­sue var­i­ous Mas­ter ’s De­grees in the pre­mier In­dian In­sti­tutes such as the IIT Gand­hi­na­gar, Univer­sity of Madras, Vel­lore In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Sym­bio­sis In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity, O. P. Jin­dal Global Univer­sity, etc.

Be­sides civil ser­vants, the Nehru-Wangchuck Schol­ar­ship is also made avail­able to pri­vate and cor­po­rate sec­tors in­clud­ing Royal Univer­sity of Bhutan (RUB) through the De­part­ment of Hu­man Re­sources, Min­istry of La-

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