Of­fi­cials go Vi­ral

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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. ◆

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