Distinction: About 256 Class XII pass students who participated in the 12-day futsal competition will receive scholarships to study at Chandigarh University (CU) in Punjab, Northern India and Holy Grace Academy (HGA) in Kerela.

The man of the match will get full scholarship. The rest will get 50, 35, and 25 percent waiver on tuition fee.

CU’s Deputy Manager of International Admissions, Simran Dhaliwal, said the futsal game is organized to motivate and encourage students to play futsal, which is one of the most popular games among youth in Bhutan.

“Not only do we want to promote our college but we also aim to keep the youth engaged through sports during the holidays,” Simran Dhaliwal said.

She added that the scholarships are available for a year at the moment but it will be revised from next year.

CU alone is awarding a total of Nu 5 million worth of scholarships to the students.

HGA will be giving away nine scholarships to the futsal participants.

HGA’s Senior Manager with Admission and Marketing, Nilay Dey, said the college is giving one full scholarship, four 50 percent scholarship and five 25 percent scholarship at the college.

“The students will study for four-year degree course at the college,” Nilay Dey said.

Currently, there are 42 Bhutanese students studying in CU and six students in HGA. These colleges entered the Bhutanese education market last year.

Collaborating with these colleges is the proprietor of Shanti Yoedzer Education Consultancy in Thimphu, Leki Dawa, who said the futsal tournament is held to motivate these students.

“We hope to continue with such events and bring in more Indian colleges offering similar scholarship opportunities to the Bhutanese students,” Leki Dawa said.

Thinley Zangmo