Officials go Viral
Bhutan, under its ‘Chipen Rigphel’ project, provided training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the first batch of civil servants in the kingdom last month. The project aims at offering the necessary ICT skills to government officials.
The Minister for Information and Communications, Nandalal Rai, who launched the training program, said, in an ICT era, computer skills have become a necessity to cope with the expectations and aspirations of the people. “This skill building training program will help the civil servants in Bhutan and will facilitate their understanding of the ICTs,” he added.
The training will continue in batches for six months after which the officials will be taught at district level. The Chiphen Rigphel project, which was launched in association with India last year, plans to take ICT to about 25,000 Bhutanese in five years. These include 5,000 teachers, 7,000 civil servants, 200 leaders, 800 professionals, 1,200 vulnerable youth, 2,400 college youth and 8,400 other civilians.
Training sessions for each target groups are customized, with ICT officers learning the use of specialized software. The project also aims to develop curriculum for the monk body, train members and provide computers to the nunneries.
The project will also take ICTs to 100,000 students in 168 schools, and educate trainees in vocational training institutes, to produce 10,000 IT professionals and 1,600 enterprises throughout Bhutan. ◆