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Education: In a move to facilitate higher education for economically disadvantaged students, the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has selected 123 students for the student loan scheme for tertiary education, taking the total number to over 323 in three years.

This year over 200 students applied for the tertiary education loan scheme, which was started in 2014. After much sorting out 123 economically disadvantaged students were selected.

“The students were asked to come with their parents and guardians for agreement signing and verification,” DAHE chief programme officer, Rinzin Wangmo said.

The loan will be released in two segments as tuition fees and living allowances.

Accredited RTC A Grade

Education minister Norbu Wangchuk awarded accreditation certificates to the Royal Thimphu College (RTC) and Reldri Academy of Health Sciences (RAHS) in Thimphu yesterday.

The first of its kind, the accreditation process involved a four-day visit by Bhutan Accreditation Council’s (BAC) team to the two institutions during which the team observed classes, met with the management, faculty members and staff, inspected the infrastructure, talked with students, and scrutinised documents supporting the reports submitted by the institutions, among others.

Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk said that tertiary institutions are important national institutions.

“We have to look up to our tertiary institutions as fountains of the nation’s character building where our graduates’ talents and minds are nurtured so that they are able to harness the new opportunities that the new times offer,” Lyonpo added. “We look up to our national institutions as conscience of our society.”

In what could provide students aspiring to pursue further studies with better knowledge in selecting institutes within and outside the country, the Royal Civil Service Commission has evaluated the performance of students in the Bhutan Civil Service Examination by institute for the last five years.

Among students from more than 200 different institutes within and outside the country, students of Sherubtse College have always performed better than other institutes in the Preliminary Examination (PE) as well as the main examination.

The Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Royal Thimphu College, College of Science and Technology, RVS College of Arts and Science in India, Institute of Language and Cultural Studies and College of Natural Resources, among others, follow.