Scholarship Steering and Selection Committee

1. Introduction:

The Scholarship and Student Support Division (SSSD) under the Department of Adult and Higher Education, Ministry of Education administers the entire Undergraduate Scholarship Programme for the class XII passed Bhutanese students selected by the government for further studies. The programme provides opportunities for high achieving students to undertake full time undergraduate study in different parts of the world in the priority human resource and development needs of the country.

It is an integral part of the Royal Government’s long-term human resource development programme to address the shortage of human resources in the critical need areas. Based on the national human resource requirement, various ex-country scholarships in both professional and generic fields are implemented annually, under the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) as well as the Government of India (GoI) funding.

Scholarships are provided based on academic merit, fulfilling the eligibility criteria and other required documents as determined by the Undergraduate Scholarship Steering Committee.

Undergraduate Scholarship Steering Committee:

  1. The Undergraduate Scholarship Steering Committee is the highest  governing body in deciding any scholarship matters at the undergraduate level in line with the provisions of this Operational Guidelines;
  2. The members to the Undergraduate Scholarship Steering Committee comprises of representatives from the Royal Civil Service Commission, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Department of National Budget, Gross National Happiness Commission, Ministry of Health, Royal University of Bhutan and Department of Adult and Higher Education;
  3. The Committee is chaired by the Secretary of Education and meets once a year in the month of January;
  4. The primary role of the Scholarship Steering Committee is to:
    1. Prioritize and approve the number of scholarship slots and courses to be implemented for the year;
    2. Approve the course eligibility and selection criteria;
    3. Prioritize and approve the place of study and;
    4. Given guidance and direction on the implementation of scholarship programs.

 2. Scholarship Selection Committee

  1. The Scholarship Selection Committee, consisting of members from relevant agencies shall conduct the selection interview for the award of scholarships to the prospective students as per the merit ranking order;
  2. The Scholarship Selection Committee shall be presided by a chairperson elected from amongst the members with the Chief Programme Officer of the Division as the Member Secretary;
  3. Panel members shall declare conflict of interest and decline from participation in case of conflict of interest;
  4. The primary role of the Scholarship Selection Committee is to select candidates for scholarships based on merit upon verification of the required documents and fulfilling the eligibility criteria.