In an effort to enhance the quality of education and encourage a sustained culture of excellence in  higher education in the country, the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Division (QAAD), Department of Adult and Higher Education, Secretariat to Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) launched the revised Institutional Accreditation Manual (IAM) 2020  during the 19th Council Meeting held on 4th December, 2020 at The Pema by Realm, Motithang, Thimphu. The Chairperson of the Council, Hon’ble Secretary of Ministry of Education graced the event in a simple Tendrel Ceremony. The Hon’ble Council members and officials from the Department of Adult and Higher Education attended the event. 

The revised IAM 2020 was launched to support Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to examine their institutional vision, standards and performance. Moreover, it will immensely benefit the HEIs in identifying strategies to  improve educational effectiveness. The Secretariat initiated review of IAM since October, 2018 as per the directives of the Council. The Division organized numerous review workshops amongst core working groups and consultation meetings with the key stakeholders including all  HEIs, Professional Councils and the assessors who had been involved in the previous accreditation exercise. 

The revised IAM 2020 will be  distributed to the Universities, HEIs and relevant agencies for their reference to ensure continuous quality enhancement of higher education in the country.

The 19th Council Meeting  also oriented the new members on the functions and mandates of the Council. Further, the Secretariat  updated the Council on the important tasks that the Secretariat has initiated in this financial year despite the pandemic. The Hon’ble Council members provided valuable comments and directives for the seamless conduct of the ongoing activities initiated by the Secretariat.


The Non-Formal and Continuing Education Division, Department of Adult and Higher Education, Ministry of Education is conducting a two week training on Advanced Tailoring for CLC Managers and learners. The project is funded by Korean National Commission For UNESCO in coordination with Bhutan NatCom.

The training began on 9th November at Lekdrup Skills Development Training Institute in Olakha, Thimphu. It is aimed at providing hands on experience in tailoring and to upgrade skills in sewing gho and jacket. Later the participants will roll out the same to other learners in the respective centres.

There are thirty participants, eight CLC managers and twenty-two learners from six CLCs; Lhuntse, Pemagatshel, Zhemgang(two) Mongar and Trongsa.

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His Excellency the Minister of Education participated in the Virtual Meeting of the 4th SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education on “Education Sector’s response to COVID-19” on 08th October 2020 hosted by Nepal. The virtual meeting was also graced by the Secretary, Ministry of Education along with the Director General and officials from the Department of Adult and Higher Education.

The main agenda of the meeting was to share how the SAARC member countries have deployed a variety of innovative methods to ensure continuity of learning in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The member countries shared their country practices, experiences and the areas of cooperation at regional level.

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