Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Bhutan : Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship agreement signed

June 20: The Indian External Affairs Minister and the Foreign Minister Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering signed an agreement to give scholarship worth Nu. 50 million to Bhutan under the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship. The agreement was yesterday morning at the Royal Banquet hall.

The Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship worth Nu. 50 million will be implemented over the next five years.

Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering said Bhutan has always accorded the highest priority to the development of education sector. He said it is the vision of His Majesty the King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo that education of people be central to our nation building for economic and social well being.

“The scholarship is not only symbolic of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between Bhutan and India but will also contribute immensely towards further developing the human resources capabilities of Bhutan,” said Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering.

Also speaking, the Indian External Affairs Minister Mr. SM Krishna said the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship will be available to talented and meritorious Bhutanese students. He said under the scholarship Bhutanese can study in prestigious universities and institutions in India for courses leading to graduate, postgraduate degrees or diplomas. Priority will be accorded to postgraduate professional studies.

“I am confident that the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarships will further cement the already exceptionally close ties between our two countries and will, in particular, provide new opportunities to the talented youth of Bhutan,” said Minister Krishna.


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