His Majesty awards national order of merit
As a nation celebrates the 109th National Day on 17 December, His Majesty the King awarded National Order of Merit at Sherupling Central School in Trongsa.
The award includes gold, silver and bronze to institutions and individuals in reorganization to their hardwork, commitment and dedication to the country to motivate them in the future.
The principal of Lhuntse Higher secondary School, Jigme Sherubling Central School and Damphu Central School were awarded national order of merit, gold in reorganization of their exemplary service to the nation in the field of education for excellence in leadership and management.
A senior lecture from Samtse College of Education, academic dean from Collage of Science and Technology and an assistant professor with Collage of Language and Culture Studies were also awarded national order of merit, gold.
Besides, the national order of merit, gold was also awarded to Dr. Phurb Dorji, a professor and head of gynecology department with Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMSB).
His Majesty the King also awarded national order of merit, silver to 21 teachers from various schools, a senior instructor from Royal Institute of management and Sr. medical laboratory technician and clinical tutor and teaching coordinator with KGUMSB.
Dr. Guru Prasad Dhakal, an associate professor and head of medical department with KGUMSB was awarded national order of merit, bronze in recognition of his exemplary service to the nation in the field of education for excellence in teaching.
His Majesty also awarded to 23 public benefit organizations in recognition of their services to the nation, in volunteering time and effort towards promoting humanitarian values.
Besides, it was also in recognition on culture and tradition, national objective for working passionately and tirelessly for the benefit of other, taking on the responsibility to provide support and assistance wherever the government is unable to reach and for keeping alive the sacred values of compassion and empathy.
A firefighter with Royal Bhutan Police in Mongar, Chuma Tshering Wangchuk Drukpa was awarded national order of merit, silver in recognition of his bravery and commitment to his duty.
He was detailed for fighting forest fire above Yangchenphu in 2012 and sustained head injuries. On 16 October, he was involved in containing the fire spreading in Mongar town and sustained injuries after falling from three-storey traditional house which was on fire.
His Majesty the King granted the posthumous award to late Tsheltrim, a tour guide in recognition of his ultimate brave action in attempting to save another life which led to the loss of his own life.
In November 2015, he jumped into the Mebartsho in Bumthang after his guest slipped and fell into the lake. He lost his life in an attempt to save the tourist, displaying immense courage and selflessness and his father received the award.
Rebecca Praden, ecologist with Royal Society for Protection of Nature was also awarded in recognition for her dedicated services and contributions to Bhutan’s conservation efforts and environmentalism.
She has been the recipient of multiple international and national awards recognizing her services which have impacted not only in Bhutan but in the world.
His majesty the King granted lifetime service award to Carolyn Tshering in the field of education who came to Bhutan in 1966 on the invitation of His Majesty the late third King and Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother.
Carolyn Tshering is English tutor for royal children and taught in various schools in Bhutan for education to this days.