In accordance with the decision of the 293rd HRC meeting held on 7th July 2020, the Ministry of Education conducted a two-day refresher programme on Driglam Namzha for all its employees at the headquarter at DYS Auditorium. The programme was conducted in three cohorts: first cohort on 13th and 14th July; second cohort on 16th and 17th July; and third cohort on 21st and 22nd July 2020. The programme was facilitated by three Driglam Officers from the Driglam Division under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.

A total of 201 employees including Director Generals, Director, Specialists, Chiefs, Officers and Support Staff including ESP and GSP attended the refresher programme as scheduled. The main objective of this programme was to create awareness and educate adequately through the theory and practices on Driglam Namzha and Bhutanese culture and tradition and to promote and strengthen its practices on a daily basis at any place. Through the daily practices, the Ministry of Education also felt it important to lead by example.

The two-day programme is summarized below. The Facilitators provided the detailed explanations citing examples.

Day 1: The need, importance, significance and origination of:
?Driglam Namzha and culture and tradition;
?Gho and Kira and significance of its different parts and Drig Chenma (སྒྲིགས་ཅནམ);
?Kabney and Rachu including its dimension (length and breadth), how to fold it, carry, wear, bow (with and without it), wearing Kabney and Rachu for a dance.
?Prayers and wishes before dancing and proper way of dancing.

Day 2: The topics covered were:
?Significance of Za (བཟའ), Cha (བཅའ), Dro (འགྲོ) sum (གསུམ);
?Discipline through body, speech and mind;
?Holding and offering the Khadar including offering the Khadar at the reception for the Chief Guest and during the promotion;
?How to prepare Khadar for the opening ceremony;
?How to carry files and submit to the Superiors; receiving certificate;
?Desired behaviour in presence of the Superiors, particularly while eating/drinking.
?Value education

The participants have learnt and understood that Bhutanese culture and tradition and Driglam Namzha are inseparable from each other. Driglam Namzha reinforces the rich Bhutanese culture and tradition. Driglam Namzha needs to be taught by the parents at home. Having learnt and understood about the Driglam Namzha, the participants are confident and they will demonstrate, practice, teach and disseminate the desired behaviours and actions hereafter.

The Driglam Namzha refresher programme ended with the closing ceremony arranged at the DYS Auditorium graced by the Hon’ble Sherig Lyonpo on 22nd July 2020 at 5.20 PM.


In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic leading to the closure of educational institutions across the globe, most undergraduate scholarships in the region have returned home. However, the closure of the universities and colleges have not led to a complete stand still of their learning process as the students are engaged in various learning modes through e-learning platforms. In order to facilitate that the students complete their study within the scheduled course duration, different universities in different countries have adopted different strategies.  While some have done away with the semester/term end examinations and the result are going to be arrived at by extrapolating pro-rata the performance of students in the continuous/internal assessment, some have devised other strategies of assessments including the arrangement for the conduct of examinations. In tandem with the mandate of providing support service to the students studying abroad, the Scholarship and Student Support Division of the Department of Adult and Higher Education has facilitated to conduct the MBBS examinations of two final year students from Sri Lanka currently in Bhutan whose theory examinations are scheduled from 15th to 22nd June 2020. The clinical for surgery- Practical examinations will be conducted at KGUMSB on 25th June 2020.

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NIRF 2020:

The National Institutional Ranking Framework which outlines methodologies to rank the institutions across India for 2020 was released on 11th June. The ranking of universities and colleges in India for 2020 in various ranking categories can be found at www.nirfindia.org