In the Foot­step of his fa­ther

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Per­spec­tives and take on things are dif­fer­ent in DNT.”

He be­gan as a handy­man, with a de­gree from Sherubtse col­lege in Kan­glung, car­ry­ing tri­pod and deck that weighted about 10kg, with the erst­while De­vel­op­ment Sup­port Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Divi­sion (DSCD), un­der depart­ment of in­for­ma­tion in 1989.

It was there that Ugyen Tsh­er­ing cut his pro­fes­sional teeth at mak­ing doc­u­men­taries at a time when most of what au­dio­vi­su­als there ex­isted about the coun­try were those made avail­able by for­eign doc­u­men­tar­i­ans. For a lit­tle king­dom that had just flung open its doors to the world out­side, the job was cat­alytic in ed­u­cat­ing the Bhutanese.

That was to­wards the fag end of the 80s, cre­at­ing ad­vo­cacy ma­te­ri­als and de­vel­op­ing au­dio­vi­su­als for the gov­ern­ment on pub­lic health and ed­u­ca­tion.

A much awaited study and train­ing in In­dia, Ja­pan and New Zealand fol­low­ing suit, he with a team of few other young pro­fes­sion­als re­turned to set the stage for the launch of Bhutan’s first na­tional tele­vi­sion 10 years or so later in 1999. Sim­i­larly, a decade later in 2008, Ugyen Tsh­er­ing saw him­self among the first lot of par­lia­men­tar­i­ans elected as a Na­tional Coun­cil mem­ber to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of the coun­try un­der a Con­sti­tu­tional Demo­cratic Monar­chy.

“I’ve al­ways been a part of this lot be­hind some of the star­tups at cru­cial junc­tures of the coun­try’s his­tory,” Ugyen Tsh­er­ing said. He is the first of the sib­lings on the foot­steps of his fa­ther, who was once a re­spected mem­ber of the then Royal Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

Although un­able to rep­re­sent as a coun­cil for his Dzongkhag, or as a PDP can­di­date dur­ing the 2013 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, Ugyen Tsh­er­ing wishes to throw him­self to the peo­ple as a choice of can­di­date, this time un­der Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa ban­ner.

“In five years time, you re­alise you have enough op­por­tu­nity to learn which party can take the coun­try for­ward,” he said. “Per­spec­tives and take on things are dif­fer­ent in DNT”

Name : Ugyen Tsh­er­ing Age : 53 Years Con­stituency : Lam­gong _Wangchang, Paro Email : ugyentsher­ Phone : 17607039 Qual­i­fi­ca­tion : Bach­e­lors of Arts, Sherubtse Col­lege Post Grad­u­ate in Film & Amp, TV Stud­ies, Univer­sity of Waikato, Hamil­ton, New Zealand

Pro­fes­sional back­ground : Mem­ber of Na­tional Coun­cil of Bhutan, 2008-2013

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