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Fullbright studentWith the launch of the “New Bhutanese Fulbright Student Scholarship Programme” the US government will be offering two graduate scholarships annually starting next year.

So far the scholarship has been provided only to undergraduates every alternate year. The new award was launched in the capital, yesterday. A science student of St. Joseph’s school in Darjeeling, Thinley Dorji Wangchuk is the last recipient of the undergraduate scholarship in the United States this year. 

“I am really honoured to receive such prestigious scholarship. I am also really humbled because other candidates are also equally capable of acquiring such scholarship.”

“I have opted for Aeronautical engineering, because I believe that is a field that 

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Education: With the first EducationUSA reference centre in the country, Bhutanese students who wish to study in the United States of America (USA) can now have access to accurate, current, and comprehensive information about educational institutions in the USA.

The first secretary for exchanges and education with the American Centre in New Delhi, Matthew K Asada, inaugurated the centre located at the Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) in Thimphu yesterday.

DAHE’s director general, Tshewang Tandin, said that the USA is one of the sought after destinations for Bhutanese students.

“The small centre will guide the Bhutanese students who go for studies in the United States through government scholarships as well as those who go through self finance,” Tshewang Tandin said.

The centre has books, information and study materials for interested students.

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.