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Date of Birth:

October 18, 1958

Permanent Address:

Maney B, Dorokha, Samtse Dzongkhag

House No. D-6-86 (New) MB/04 (Old)

Tharm No. 182 (New) 55 (Old)

Citizenship Identity Card No. 11206002602

Employment Identity Card No. 8404023 Date of Joining Service: April 14, 1984

Passport No. D000750
Present Position:
Member of Parliament, Dorokha-Tading Constituency

Member of Lhengye Zhungtsho (Cabinet)

Minister, Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan, Thimphu.

  • ICSE: Samtse High School, 1976

  • PUC: St Anthony’s College, Meghalaya, India, 1989

  • BA English Hons.: St Anthony’s College, Shillong, India, 1981

  • MA English: North Eastern Hills University, Shillong, India, 1983

  • PGCE: Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK, 1985

Work Experience:

  • English Teacher: Zhemgang Central School, May- June 1984.

  • Lecturer in English, National Institute of Education, Samtse, 1985-86

  • Lecturer in English, Sherubtse College, Kanglung, 1986-88

  • Vice Principal, Sherubtse College, Kanglung, 1988-2001

  • Director, Centre for Educational Research and Development, Paro, 2001- 2007

  • Task Force Member, National Education Review Commission, 2007-

  • Member, Expert Committee, Dzongkha Development Commission, 2007-

  • Project Manager: An Inquiry into Teaching as a Profession in Bhutan, STEP, 2006-07

  • Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, October 2006-January 2007.

Professional Service:

  • Consultant to the Planning Commission, for final editing of the VIII National Five Year Plan documents – 1997-2002

  • Advisor and promoter, Community Out-Reach Project, Sherubtse College, 1986-2001

  • Consultant to the Dzongkha Development Commission, to prepare Dzongkha-English Dictionary, 2002

  • Consultant to Dzongkha Development Authority, to produce English- Dzongkha Dictionary, 2003-05.

  • Curriculum development support to CAPSD, Education

  • Professional support to NIE, Paro

  • Member: National Task Force, National Educational Assessment, BBE

  • Certified IELTS Examiner, British Council/Cambridge University/IDE Australia

  • Chair: CAPSD English Subject Committee, English Curriculum Review and Revision Task Force.

  • Chair: Institute Research Committee, Paro College of Education.

  • Resource Person: Several Professional Development Programmes for Teachers

  • Member: Dzongkha Expert Committee, Dzongkha Development Commission.

  • Vice Chairman, Royal Education Council, Thimphu, 2008-.

  • Vice Chairman, Dzongkha Development Commission, 2008-

  • Chairman, National Commission for UNESCO, 2008-

  • Chairman, National Commission for Women and Children, 2008-

Participation in Conferences and Presentations:

  • Delegation Leader: UNESCO International Conference on Disarmament, Peace and Security, New Delhi, 1985

  • Delegation Leader: International Youth Conference on Creating a Caring Society, Panchgani, Maharashtra, India, 1985

  • Delegation Leader: SAARC Writers’ Conference, Calcutta, 1986

  • Professional Associate: Intercultural Communications Workshop, East-West Centre, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 1988

  • Paper Presenter: The Context of Higher Education: International Seminar on Higher Education: Challenges for the 21 Century, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan, 1997

  • Paper Presenter: Scope and Levels of People’s Participation: Coronation Silver Jubilee Seminar on Good Governance, RIM, Thimphu, 1999

  • International Visitor Year guest, the State Department, USA, 1999

  • Paper Presenter: Gross National Happiness: Programme for Meta-Development: SDA-Seminar on Gross National Happiness, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2001

  • Participant: Capacity Building for National Educational Assessment workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2002

  • Participant: Capacity Building for National Educational Assessment workshop, IIEP, Paris, 2002

  • Paper Presenter: Drukgyel Dzong: the Two Faces, IV Colloquium on the History of Dzongs: the National Museum of Bhutan, National Commission for Cultural Affairs.

  • Paper Presenter: Foundations and Scope of Gross National Happiness: A Layman’s Perspective: International Seminar on Gross National Happiness, CBS, February 2004.

  • Paper Presenter: Culture: Soul and Substance – Some Personal Reflections, V Colloquium on Tangible and Intangible Culture of Bhutan, National Museum, Department of Culture, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, March 3-5, 2005, Paro.

Editorial and Publication Experience, Others:

  • Concept, promotion editing: Milestones, 2000, Sherubtse College, 2000

  • Editor: Gems and Jewels: An Anthology of the Royal Addresses of His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, 2001

  • Principal author: The Light of My Life, 2001

  • Concept, promotion, editing and publication: Rabsel: the CERD education journal

  • Concept, promotion, editing and publication: The Call: Stories of Yesteryears, CERD 2002

  • Concept, promotion, co-authorship and publication: The Silken Knot: Standards for English for Schools in Bhutan, CERD 2002.

  • Concept, promotion, editing and publication: Yontoen – the CERD Occasional Papers

  • Concept, promotion, editing and publication: View & Vision: Examples of good Practice, under preparation.

  • Editor: PhD theses, several documents, books, articles

  • The Bhutanese Educational Assessment Experience: Some Personal Reflections, Open File Prospectus, UNESCO, March 2005.

  • From Innocence to Passion: Bhutan’s Tryst with Education: Some Reflections, Societies in Transition, Curtin University, Australia.

  • Bhutanese National Imaginaries: Architecture, Culture, Literature: Some Aspects: submitted to the Journal of Asian Studies, Australia.

  • Language by Choice: English in Bhutan, LMCS Newsletter, Leicester University, UK, 2006.

  • Member: Council for the Centre for Bhutan Studies 2001-

  • Author: Several papers on development issues, gross national happiness, education, national identity...

  • Promoter: Educational/academic integrity, good practice, national self-respect.

  • Concept, promotion, publication: Sherig Saga: Profiles of Our Seats of Learning: A Centenary Publication, 2007.


  • Best Student of the Year, Samtse High School, 1976

  • Sixth Rank in the Pre-University Examinations, North Eastern Hills University, 1979

  • Eighth Rank in the BA English Honours Examinations, College First, NEHU, 1981

  • Fourth Rank in the MA English Examinations, NEHU, 1983

  • Proposed Best National Service Student, 1984

  • Distinction First in Royal Civil Service (RCSC) Examinations, 1984

  • Recipient of First Prize: Kuensel-sponsored Millennium Essay Competition (open category), 2000

  • Recipient of Second Prize: UNESCO-Special Commission Essay Competition, for International Year of Culture, 2000

Study Visits/Conferences:

India, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, the UK, the USA, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, France, Canada, Nepal.

  • Essays, poems, articles, research papers.

  • As I Am, So Is My Nation, 2008.

Interests: Context of Development, Context of Education, Gross National Happiness,

Institutional Integrity, Moral Literacy…

Family: wife, one daughter, two sons.


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