Bhutanese stu­dent begs bronze in top dig­i­tal skills con­test in Asia

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Dorji Gyelt­shen, a stu­dent of Sherubtse Col­lege, who rep­re­sented Bhutan in In­ter­na­tional Com­puter Driv­ing Li­cense ( ICDL) Asia Dig­i­tal Chal­lenge on 5 Au­gust in Bangkok, re­turned with bronze medal.

In the ter­tiary school cat­e­gory, Sin­ga­pore achieved the unique dis­tinc­tion of win­ning the ICDL chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion with gold and sil­ver fol­lowed by Bhutan, Thai­land and Malaysia for bronze medal in fi­nal­ists from ten other Asian coun­tries to win the ICDL.

Thai­land beat the sec­ondary school cat­e­gory to win gold fol­lowed by Philip­pines for sil­ver, while Sin­ga­pore, another Philip­pines and Sri Lanka were awarded bronze.

The chal­lenge tested the stu­dents on their core dig­i­tal skills, such as On­line Col­lab­ora- tion, IT Se­cu­rity and Ad­vanced Spread­sheets among oth­ers.

The win­ner re­ceived an at­trac­tive prizes and an op­por­tu­nity for a Stu­dent Ex­change Pro­gram with ICDL at an in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tion.

The cer­tifi­cates were awarded to all the par­tic­i­pants who rep­re­sented Bhutan, China, In­dia, Malaysia, Philip­pines, Sin­ga­pore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thai­land and Viet­nam.

Dorji Gyelt­shen had to jump through sev­eral hur­dles be­fore emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous to visit Bangkok to bat­tling sur­prise. To get to Bangkok, Dorji Gyalt­shen had to com­pete with more 500 reg­is­tered stu­dents.

The top four Bhutanese stu­dents were cho­sen from the na­tional round Dig­i­tal Chal­lenge held in Thim­phu in July. The top two stu­dents were se­lected through pre­lim­i­nary tests in eight ter­tiary and three higher sec­ondary schools in May. The first round of com­pe­ti­tion was con­ducted in the re­spec­tive schools and col­leges.

The par­tic­i­pants were from the Fac­ulty of Nurs­ing and Public Health, Gaeddu Col­lege of Busi­ness Stud­ies, Paro Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, Royal Thim­phu Col­lege, Samtse Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Sherubtse Col­lege, Jigme Nam­gyel Engi­neer­ing Col­lege, Deothang, Yangchen­phug Higher Sec­ondary School, Motithang Higher Sec­ondary School and Pelkhil Higher Sec­ondary School.

Re­cently, Bhutan Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions In­sti­tute ( BMCI) re­ported that 25 Bhutanese youth in­clud­ing the youth in­terns are cur­rently en­gaged in the camp.

A Dig­i­tal Camp, first of its kind is be­ing or­gan­ised at Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (RIM) for 21 stu­dents. The par­tic­i­pants were awarded in­ter­na­tional com­puter skills cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the first time in the coun­try.

The chal­lenge aims to search and rec­og­nize the top stu­dent with the best ICT skills. ICDL pro­vides a huge plat­form for ICT lit­er­acy through in­ter­na­tional test and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion which is one of the most es­sen­tial tools to com­pete in the global mar­ket.

The com­pe­ti­tion was open to ter­tiary and univer­sity stu­dents be­tween 18 to 25 years old. The first two rounds of com­pe­ti­tion have been con­ducted in the re­spec­tive home coun­tries.

The par­tic­i­pants were re­quired to ap­pear in three rounds of tests based on ICDL mod­ules of word pro­cess­ing, spread­sheets, pre­sen­ta­tion, on­line col­lab­o­ra­tion and IT se­cu­rity.

The Par­ties rec­og­nize the ben­e­fits that the ICDL Pro­gramme may bring to Bhutan through the in­creased avail­abil­ity of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in dig­i­tal lit­er­acy and the use of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies.

ICDL Asia Dig­i­tal chal­lenge is the first ever ICDL com­puter and dig­i­tal com­pe­ti­tion in Asia. It is an in­ter­na­tional non- profit that aims to im­prove dig­i­tal com­pe­tency, or­gan­ised the com­pe­ti­tion open to stu­dents in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions across Asia, the first of its kind ever held in the con­ti­nent.

A fe­lic­i­ta­tion func­tion was co- or­ga­nized by Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment and BMCI as ICDL's Lo­cal Part­ner. The na­tional chal­lenge is as a part of the re­gional chal­lenge or­gan­ised by ICDL Asia, based in Sin­ga­pore.

More than 15 mil­lion peo­ple have en­gaged with the ICDL pro­gram from more than over 100 coun­tries, through their net­work of over 24,000 ICDL Ac­cred­ited Test Cen­ters.

Dorji Gyelt­shen had to jump through sev­eral hur­dles be­fore emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous to visit Bangkok to bat­tling sur­prise. To get to Bangkok, Dorji Gyalt­shen had to com­pete with more 500 reg­is­tered stu­dents

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