YK Poudel

At the Action Plan Presentation of the JICA Training Program at Thimphu on December 12, participants shared that the programme has benefited close to 2,300 Bhutanese scholars immensely.

Commissioner of the Royal Civil Service Commission, Tshering Yangden, said that such initiatives and support are pertinent in ensuring that Bhutanese scholars who participate in such programs can implement their learning experience in different sectors.

“The scholarship programme has and will continue to benefit the society as a whole and provide a framework for the service providers to render their knowledge to the fullest potential,” Tshering Yangden said.

According to the Chief Representative of JICA Bhutan office, the scholarship programme would allow Bhutanese scholars to learn about the practices in Japan that could be useful for Bhutan.

One of the participants, Ruk Mani Ghalley, a senior geologist, said: “Bhutan has poor technical capacity. I will propose training in Photogrammetry for 3D construction, which would help mining engineers in Bhutan to learn about the technologies to produce better outcomes.”

The participants shared their plans regarding some major sectors in Bhutan: Road Asset Management Course, Seismology Course, Capacity Building for Sustainable Mining and Effective Utilization of Mineral Resources, Traffic Safety, Sustainable Development Strategies for Multi-Sectorial Nutrition Improvement in the South Asia Region, and many more.

The JICA’s training programme for Bhutan started in 1966 and provides short- and long-term scholarships in Bhutan.