President

Professional Biography

Rinchen Dorji (PhD) has started his career as a schoolteacher and has also served as curriculum officer and teacher educator in the Royal University of Bhutan. In his 23 years of career, primarily as a teacher educator, he has served in various leadership capacities providing him with a wide range of experience for his professional growth and development.
When the Primary Teacher’s Certificate (PTC) programme at the erstwhile Teacher Training College (TTC), at Rinpung Campus in Paro was upgraded to a full-fledged Bachelor Degree of Education with the expansion of the institute to the National Institute of Education at Nangka Campus, in his capacity as the Programme Leader of the B.Ed Secondary, Rinchen has played an instrumental role in assisting the College Management to make a successful transition.
Rinchen also served as the Project Component Manager of Support to Teacher Education Project (STEP) funded by Helvetas Swiss Development Corporation from 2003 to 2007 that lead to the overhauling of the academic programmes in both Paro and Samtse Colleges of Education. Rinchen was also Programme Coordinator of the first ever part-time M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Management at Paro College of Education, started initially through the support of the Canadian International Development Cooperation (CIDA) in early 2000.
In between, Rinchen served as a Curriculum Officer under the Department of Academic Affairs, at the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Thimphu for four years (2008-2012). His most recent leadership responsibility as the Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages at Paro College of Education (2012-2014).
Rinchen has a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of New England (UNE), Armidale, NSW, in Australia. His doctoral study was supported by the University of New England Postgraduate Research Award (UNERA, 2014-2017). In 2008, he completed MA in Special Educational Needs from a consortium of universities in Europe i.e. University of Roehampton, London, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Tilburg in The Netherlands and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Union. Rinchen also has a Master Degree in Educational Foundations (Human Development & Counselling) from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton, Canada (2002). He has done his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the then National Institute of Education, Samtse in 1996 after the completion of Bachelor Degree of Arts (English Honours) from Sherubtse College, Kanglung in 1995.
Rinchen is passionate about academic discourses and research in the area of teacher morale and motivation, empowerment of teachers, students and parents in education, school leadership, inclusive education and disability studies. He is compassionate and has a strong sense of empathy for others that serve as a source of his commitment and interest in social services and charity related activities. Rinchen is credited for starting the Tarayana Club at Paro College of Education and has served as its advisor from 2005-2007.
In addition to the primary academic and other professional responsibilities, Rinchen has also been actively involved and contributed in numerous other government initiatives and projects such as (1) Member of the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces School Project, His Majesty’s Secretariat, Tashichodzong, Thimphu (2009-2011); (2) Member of the Inter-Ministerial Working Committee on the Recognition of University Degrees, Royal Government of Bhutan (2009-2011); (3) Chair of the Working Committee on the development of Special Education Policy (2008-2010); and (4) Member of the National Steering Committee on Inclusive Education in Bhutan (2005-2007).
As a leader, Rinchen believes in a leadership inspired by the four immeasurable qualities of Buddhism namely སྙིང་རྗེ། (Compassion); དགའ་བ། (Joy); བཏང་སྙོམས། (Equanimity); and བྱམས་པ། (Love) to create an organisational climate that is empowering and provides a strong sense of unconditional positive regard, trust, belongingness, security and happiness to all employees for the general health and wellbeing of the institution.
You can contact Rinchen Dorji at rinchendorji.sce@rub.edu.bt

Deans

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Karma Utha (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She has been a teacher educator since 2000 and has taught research proposal development, advanced studies, teaching skills, teaching strategy, physics education, electronics, electricity and magnetism, optics and waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, heat and thermodynamics, properties of matter and energy, and mechanics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She was the Programme Leader of Diploma in School Science Laboratory Management (DSSLM). She initiated and led the DSSLM programme development. She was also the Programme Leader of Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PgDE) and led the PgDE part-time programme development for private school teachers. At the national level, she was involved in developing science curriculum framework for classes IV to XII and developing school science text books and teachers’ manual that are being used in the schools at present. She has conducted numerous professional development workshops for school teachers, University lecturers, teacher educators, and school laboratory assistants on curriculum implementation, assessment, university teaching and learning, and school science laboratory management. Currently she is the Dean of Academic Affairs in the College. She provides academic support to faculty and students. She successfully led the development and launch of M. Ed in Science and Maths programme, PgDE part-time programme, and Master of Arts in Contemplative Counselling Psychology programme as a Dean. An ardent believer of ‘no child being left behind’ in learning, she is actively involved in refining students learning thorough improving students’ classroom participation, making summative assessment fair, giving effective feedback on students’ work, and undertaking research based teaching and learning.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Kinley (PhD) is a teacher educator and is currently the Dean Research and Industrial Linkage (DRIL) of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught microbiology, plant kingdom, curriculum theory, pedagogy (teaching skills & teaching strategies), educational research, advanced studies, life skills, and human values to the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He supervises masters’ research. He was the Centre Head for Centre for Innovation in Science Education and Research from 2016 till end of October 2017. During his tenure as Centre Head he initiated communication with UiTM (Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia) as a result the Rector and two professors from UiTM visited SCE and eventually a letter of partnership was signed between SCE and UiTM. He also enhanced communication with TSS (Teton Science School, Wyoming, USA) and was able to organise a visiting lecturer from TSS to SCE for a semester. Then a programme partnership letter was signed between TSS and SCE. Further, he successfully coordinated the visit of a Professor in Quantum Information Science from Macquarie University, Sydney for six weeks. He was very instrumental for the launch of M. Ed science and mathematics. Besides teaching and research he engages deeply in developing research grant project proposals. Currently, he is involved in one national and one international project. He has developed and coordinated application for numerous international research grants. As DRIL, one of his efforts has been to promote the research and writing amongst the faculty and students. He provides professional development on educational research and action research to school teachers. His research interests ranges from natural science research- educational research to educational technology research. .

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Centre for Contemplative Counseling Education and Research

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Dechen Wangmo is a teacher educator and is currently Lecturer of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She teaches counseling and pedagogical modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was a school guidance counselor and a teacher at Daga Higher Secondary School, during which she worked with youth deal with various issues of their lives and initiated programs and activities related to counseling and scouts. She is actively engaged in writing module for BA in Social work, leading the Centre for Contemplative Counseling Education Research. She believes in empowering the younger generation, help them take leadership roles and give them the most appropriate skill and build confidence to overcome challenges in life with positive outlook towards life. Having worked as a counselor herself, she trains student counselors in building their skills to approach young students in the most appropriate way, create interactive learning environment by entertaining questions and queries, and provide opportunities for student counselor to practice the skill learned. She also trains student teachers grasp the essence of counseling, helps them dwell on self awareness activity and skills of counseling to help them become a teacher who listens. She believes that such skills and knowledge of counseling must lead to having faith and confidence in self, before one can extend a helping hand to others. Her experience as a teacher and a counselor helps her relate to students in a most effective way. She provides individual and group counseling services to students and is an International Certified Addiction Professional.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Dechen Doma (certified Supervisor, number 005) is a teacher educator and is currently undergoing her PhD in Buddhist Social work, in Shukutoku University, Japan. She has taught counselling and Psychology at the Master, Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels. She has supervised counselling practicum and conducted mindfulness session for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemplative Counselling and Psychology and Master in Arts in Contemplative Counseling Psychology. She was the Centre Head of Contemplative Counseling Education and Research and Program Leader for several years during which she promoted International Partnership with Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado and developed the Counselling Programme in the College. She is actively engaged in policy writing, developing modules, and promoting partnership and maintaining linkages with relevant organizations both within and outside the country for quality programme development. She firmly believes that counseling is one of the most effective means to address social issues such as substance abuse, suicide and other mental issues. Therefore, she is passionate about the need to promote counselling and social services. She trains counsellors and teacher counsellors in developing skills and theoretical knowledge and leads mindfulness retreat program for the counsellors. She strongly believes that the role of the counsellor and the act of counselling must be firmly rooted in recognizing the inherent basic goodness and dealing with negative and destructive emotions, at the individual level, family level and at the global level. She has undergone one-month meditation in the Shambhala mountain, Colorado and another two weeks’ meditation on loving and kindness in Red Feather Lake, Shambhala mountain, Colorado. She has undergone two rounds of Vipasanna meditation; at Samste College of Education and New Delhi. She is also passionate about providing counselling beyond the college level. She has worked as a Counsellor, in Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre Inc. Mirrabooka, Perth, Western Australia, where she worked with the migrants on issues such as couple counselling, domestic violence and individual counselling. She is one of the first certified supervisor in counseling in Bhutan. She has many years of experience in counseling and as a counsellor she has been instrumental in setting up the school counseling in Samtse Higher Secondary School. She was the secretary for Women(Manam) Association, Samste Dzongkhag and one of the core committee member in developing policies and guidelines for Women Association (2007 -2009). Currently, she is the Board member of Bhutan Certified Counselling Board (2016- ) and member of Community Based Support System(CBSS) in Samste Dzongkhag. She provides basic counselling training to the volunteers of CBSS under Samtse dzongkahg.

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Wangchuk Dorji received his Bachelor of Arts in Geography Honours from Sherubtse College affiliated to Delhi University, Kanglung, Trashigang in 2001 and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Samtse College of Education (then National Institute of Education), Royal University of Bhutan in 2002, Master of Human Services Counselling from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA,Australia in 2008, and has been a visiting scholar to Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, USA in 2012. Since 2009 till date he has been working as Associate Lecturer and then as a Lecturer in Centre for Contemplative Counselling Education and Psychology at SCE. He teaches Contemplative Counselling, Educational Psychology, Educational Pedagogy, and Teaching Children with Special Educational Needs Modules. Currently, he is the Programme Leader of Masters of Arts in Contemplative Counselling Psychology-MACCP

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Karma Gayphel is a Teacher Educator and a Counselling faculty in the Centre for Contemplative Counselling Education and Research at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He is actively involved in training both teachers and counsaellors at different levels. He pursued his Masters Degree in Human Service Counselling from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. He has been conferred the title of ICAP I (International Certified Addiction Professional – I) by the International Centre for Credentialing and Education (ICCE), Colombo Plan Secretariat. He is also a National Trainer in the field of Addiction and trained several addiction professionals including school counsellors, health professionals and peer helpers in the country. As a professional counsellor, he set up Counselling Service in the college inviting students and others in the community to come forward to avail counselling services. His approach to helping people is based on his appreciation towards the inherent wisdom individuals have, the interdependent relationship between people, their mind and body, and environment. Therefore, he is committed to an integration of scientific findings and ancient wisdom approaches to healing people with distress. He was the Head for Counselling and Psychology Department, and the Programme Leader for the Post-graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling for several years during which he was the key player in the counselling programme development and actively involved in the review of several other programmes at the college. Passionate about the need for students’ wellbeing to promote meaningful learning atmosphere, he has facilitated several professional development workshops for the school teachers and principals particularly on Mentoring, Positive Discipline and Counselling skills. Currently, he is involved in the collaborative project, between the faculty of Samtse College of Education and Naropa University, Colorado, USA, on multicultural perspectives and research in contemplative counselling. He is also a member of International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) since 2015.

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Centre for Educational Innovation and Professional Practice

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Ganeshman Gurung (PhD) is a teacher educator and is currently Head of Centre for Educational Innovation and Professional Practice (CEIPP) and Programme Coordinator of Bachelor in Social Work (BA SW) at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has been working in the college for the last 12 years. Prior to joining college, he has six years of enriching experiences in teaching in various High Schools under the Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan. In college, he has taught geography education, educational philosophy, pedagogical principles and methods, educational research, and educational assessment at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has also designed a number of courses for Bachelor in Education (B.Ed), Diploma in Library and Information Management (DLIM), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PgDE), Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgDHE) and Master in Education (M. Ed) in Science, Mathematics. He is well versed with the school education system, education policies and higher education system of the country. He is actively engaged in partnership building and collaboration with agencies and individuals both within the country as well as outside in the areas of educational course development, research and consultancy. Currently he is leading a research project on ‘understanding marriage and cohabitation practices in Bhutan’ in collaboration with the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC). He is also engaged in developing Bhutan Professional Standards for Teachers with Ministry of Education, Royal Government of Bhutan. He is passionate about the education system in Bhutan including its policies, equity, accessibility and quality. Other issues he is keen on are climate change, mitigation, adaptation, social justice, equity, geopolitics and democracy research and studies.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Sangay Tshering is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan. Over the last ten years, he has been teaching educational psychology subjects such as Child Development, learning Process, Special Education and Inclusive Education. He also teaches professional modules; Teaching Skills, Teaching Strategies and Education for Development for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In his capacity as head of Educational Psychology Department for two years (2015-2016), he was involved in smooth administration and assisted in development of academic programmes of the college. As a subject leader of psychology for last two years, his main contribution includes major review of academic subjects such as Educational Psychology for postgraduate diploma and Principles of Learning for master’s degree in education. In early 2018, he is one of the core faculty members to plan for first B.A psychology undergraduate program at SCE. He has actively participated in writing first draft of program proposal in collaboration with a professor from Europe. In addition, he has developed a module ‘working for people with disabilities’ which will be offered as a subject for upcoming B.A social works at the college. Since 2017, he is assigned to manage Teaching Practice (TP), a very important component of teacher training courses. His primary tasks include placement of students in different schools across the country, nomination of mentor/supervisors and daily communication with concerned partners of TP. As a teacher educator, his conviction in education lies in ‘realizing the full potential of a child’ through creative teaching and inclusion of diverse learners particularly students with disabilities. Consequently he participates in development of curriculum, policies and guidelines for early childhood and disability education. Thus, he carries broad interest in doing research in learning and development, disability education and human wellbeing.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Sangay Wangchuk is a Lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. Besides teaching Curriculum leadership and Educational Assessment, Sangay is also a versatile writer trained in journalism genres and a radio presenter. Sangay started his career as a Radio Journalist where he produced youth related programmes and interviewed distinguished personalities. He also trained young people the art of communication on air and radio presentation, enabling them look beyond and advocate positive social changes. He was later invited to work with Bhutan Observer as a Senior Reporter. Sangay has recently published a novel titled Mermen – The Compassionate Warriors where he weaves moral folk tales and storylines relevant to modern days. He has contributed creative non-fiction stories and reports to media including hard news, feature stories and newspaper profiles.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Sonam Wangmo is a core faculty member in Centre for Educational Innovation and Professional Practice at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Primary Education from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia and is currently teaching effective skills, teaching methods in lower and upper primary, play development and early education, foundation of early childhood education, curriculum studies, and literacy modules in B. Ed primary course. In addition, she serves as Programme Leader of Bachelor of Education, Primary (B. Ed Primary). In addition, she also has six years of teaching experiences in different primary schools in Bhutan. She believes in collaborative forms of learning and teaching and providing hands-on activities that provide students with rich and authentic learning experiences. Her professional interest focuses on thematic planning and play-based learning in lower primary. She also believes in adapting the curriculum to suit her students’ sociocultural backgrounds. Her research interests include issues related to families and children: developing a scope and sequence of parent involvement in the children’s learning and development, and investigations of the role of play in children’s learning and development. She has published article on Should Bhutan incorporate play in its early childhood program in Early Childhood Teacher Association, issue 145 Western Australia and a tracer study on the first batch of B.Ed (four year programme) graduates of Samtse College of Education. Bhutan Journal of Research & Development, Volume 3 Number 2, Autumn, 2014.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Sonam Zangmo works as an Associate Lecturer in Samtse College of Education. She teaches An Introduction to Child Development, Learning Process, Educational Psychology, Teaching Skills, Teaching Strategies, Bhutanese Education System, Education for Development, Introduction to Research Methods, and Action Research Project at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has conducted research on ‘Effect of Internet Addiction on Depression among Andhra University Students’ while she was pursuing her Masters degree in India. Her experience of teaching Research Methods for five years, doing research, and getting it published in International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research paved way for future research projects. She is keen to conduct research in areas of mental health, reading habits, and teaching-learning process. She has also presented a paper on Abuse of Alcohol in Bhutan at the International Conference on ‘A Holistic Approach towards Mental Health & Effective Learning’ which took place in India. In her paper presentation, she associates the status of mental health in Bhutan with drinking habits of Bhutanese. She is an avid reader. She renders community services to students of Samtse Lower Secondary School in which she encourages the students to read and develop passion and love towards books. She meets with the students weekly for one and a half hours to guide them in reading. She works very closely with a group of 15 student-teachers from Postgraduate Diploma in Education so that the student-teachers will get hands-on practice to interact with the students. In a way, student-teachers would also be motivated to read as to guide students to read. In her small ways, she never ceases to encourage her student-teachers to read. She lends her personal books to them and recommends books for further reading. She has turned her office into a mini-library with her personal books displayed on the bookshelf. She intends to inspire her students to develop love for books and reading by inviting her students to her office to go through her books.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Tshering is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal university of Bhutan. He teaches Educational Assessment and Evaluation, Assessing learning, Curriculum studies, Functional Informational Technology, and Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) at the postgraduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on development, design and structure of Rubrics. He has presented his paper on Rubrics at NIDA International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration, Bangkok (8th September, 2017). Currently his research interests are around the role of standards in educational assessment, high quality assessments and Biology Education. He received Best Teaching Practice Award at Samtse College of Education in 2011. As a teacher educator, he believes that the basic purpose of education is to help each child actualize their unique potential, it is teacher’s responsibility to encourage our students to identify and then nurture their strong aptitude areas and the potentials. Previously, Tshering served as a Teacher at Tendruk Higher Secondary School, Samtse. As a Teacher he served as a Head of the Department and Subject Coordinator. He has taught Biology and Chemistry for Class 11 and 12 science students. Currently he is a member of Assessment Standards and Examination committee and Tarayana Club Coordinator in the college.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Sonam Wangmo is a core faculty member in Centre for Educational Innovation and Professional Practice at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Primary Education from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia and is currently teaching effective skills, teaching methods in lower and upper primary, play development and early education, foundation of early childhood education, curriculum studies, and literacy modules in B. Ed primary course. In addition, she serves as Programme Leader of Bachelor of Education, Primary (B. Ed Primary). In addition, she also has six years of teaching experiences in different primary schools in Bhutan. She believes in collaborative forms of learning and teaching and providing hands-on activities that provide students with rich and authentic learning experiences. Her professional interest focuses on thematic planning and play-based learning in lower primary. She also believes in adapting the curriculum to suit her students’ sociocultural backgrounds. Her research interests include issues related to families and children: developing a scope and sequence of parent involvement in the children’s learning and development, and investigations of the role of play in children’s learning and development. She has published article on Should Bhutan incorporate play in its early childhood program in Early Childhood Teacher Association, issue 145 Western Australia and a tracer study on the first batch of B.Ed (four year programme) graduates of Samtse College of Education. Bhutan Journal of Research & Development, Volume 3 Number 2, Autumn, 2014.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Sonam Zangmo works as an Associate Lecturer in Samtse College of Education. She teaches An Introduction to Child Development, Learning Process, Educational Psychology, Teaching Skills, Teaching Strategies, Bhutanese Education System, Education for Development, Introduction to Research Methods, and Action Research Project at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has conducted research on ‘Effect of Internet Addiction on Depression among Andhra University Students’ while she was pursuing her Masters degree in India. Her experience of teaching Research Methods for five years, doing research, and getting it published in International Journal of Multidisciplinary Educational Research paved way for future research projects. She is keen to conduct research in areas of mental health, reading habits, and teaching-learning process. She has also presented a paper on Abuse of Alcohol in Bhutan at the International Conference on ‘A Holistic Approach towards Mental Health & Effective Learning’ which took place in India. In her paper presentation, she associates the status of mental health in Bhutan with drinking habits of Bhutanese. She is an avid reader. She renders community services to students of Samtse Lower Secondary School in which she encourages the students to read and develop passion and love towards books. She meets with the students weekly for one and a half hours to guide them in reading. She works very closely with a group of 15 student-teachers from Postgraduate Diploma in Education so that the student-teachers will get hands-on practice to interact with the students. In a way, student-teachers would also be motivated to read as to guide students to read. In her small ways, she never ceases to encourage her student-teachers to read. She lends her personal books to them and recommends books for further reading. She has turned her office into a mini-library with her personal books displayed on the bookshelf. She intends to inspire her students to develop love for books and reading by inviting her students to her office to go through her books.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Tshering is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal university of Bhutan. He teaches Educational Assessment and Evaluation, Assessing learning, Curriculum studies, Functional Informational Technology, and Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) at the postgraduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on development, design and structure of Rubrics. He has presented his paper on Rubrics at NIDA International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration, Bangkok (8th September, 2017). Currently his research interests are around the role of standards in educational assessment, high quality assessments and Biology Education. He received Best Teaching Practice Award at Samtse College of Education in 2011. As a teacher educator, he believes that the basic purpose of education is to help each child actualize their unique potential, it is teacher’s responsibility to encourage our students to identify and then nurture their strong aptitude areas and the potentials. Previously, Tshering served as a Teacher at Tendruk Higher Secondary School, Samtse. As a Teacher he served as a Head of the Department and Subject Coordinator. He has taught Biology and Chemistry for Class 11 and 12 science students. Currently he is a member of Assessment Standards and Examination committee and Tarayana Club Coordinator in the college.

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Centre for Innovation in Maths and IT Education

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Amar Nath Srivastava (Ph.D) is a mathematics lecturer at Samtse College of Education since 2007. He is currently working as a senior lecturer in mathematics and leading the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics and Information Technology Education (CIMITE). In his capacity as a Center Head of CIMITE, he participates in the development of new programmes, reviewing of old programmes, college strategic planning and drafting of college policies. He also was a member of the Mathematics Subject Committee, Royal Education Council. He has the experience of teaching various modules, such as research; teaching skills; teaching strategy; and mathematics. His teaching career started from MPG college, Mussoorie, India in the year 1996 where he taught mathematics to B.Sc students. In the year 1997 he came to Bhutan to join the teaching fraternity under the Ministry of Health and Education. He served as a school teacher and the Head of Mathematics Department in various schools in Bhutan namely Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School, Samtse Middle Secondary School and Mothithang Higher Secondary School. Teaching for more than 21 years in Bhutan not only enriches his teaching experiences but also expands his horizon in understanding the students’ learning potential and dynamic culture. His foremost desire is to develop intrinsic motivation in his students and to guide them such that they look up to Mathematics not as a subject but as a field where they can carry out researches, that are of great importance, not only to them but also to the society.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Bijoy Hangmo Subba is a teacher educator at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She teaches Mathematics to both Primary and Secondary B.Ed students. She also teaches Professional modules such as teaching skills, teaching strategy, Research, Assessment and Evaluation in Education to undergraduate students and Curriculum Studies to post graduates students. She resourced Certificate programme for Primary mathematics Lead Teachers Programme from 2006 to 2012, initiated by MOE which was funded by CIDA. She coordinated the same programme from 2010 to 2012. She was also actively involved in reviewing class IV – VIII new mathematics curriculum. She was actively involved in developing one of modules (Teaching, learning and Assessment) for M.Ed Programme . Currently she has been working on one of the modules, Basic Statistics for BA Social work programme. She is a passionate teacher educator. Teaching is her passion. She is a strong believer of Plutarch. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. (Plutarch).In line with Plutarch‘s claim, she places higher order skills such as critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving and communication at the fore front of her teaching strategies. These skills are also known as 21st century skills which are essential to enable the students to be accommodated in any part of the world.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Chenga Dorji (Master in Computer Science) is a teacher educator and is currently IT subject leader of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught IT electives, educational technology, ICT in education, functional information technology, educational assessment and evaluation, elementary algebra, teaching skills and teaching strategy and life skills courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has nine years of teaching experiences at tertiary education. He has participated as co-researcher in team research in the college. Recently, he is actively engaged in research works and programme development and partnership building in the college. He believes that the act of teaching must result good human being who loves and takes care family, friends, community, society and mother earth at large. He is passionate about the need for education in world to redefine to solve the world issues and too safe the mother earth from human consumptions.

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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Pema Drukpa,graduated in Bachelors of Education majoring in teching of Mathematics and physics from SCE in the year 2002. Worked as a school teacher for five years in different capacity till 2007.He received Master of Education from Edith Cowan University(Perth,WA) with the focus on teaching of mathematics in 2007. Joined SCE in 2008. For professional development,he completed a Certificate of Advanced graduate study in education from UNE,2012. Largely participated in reviewing new curriculum in mathematics and developed action research guidelines for trachers in Bhutan. In the college,he teaches professional modules such as introduction to research,creative arts,lifeskills,UHV,Curriculum studies besides mathematics modules.

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Purna Bahadur Subba is a teacher educator and is currently Lecturer of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). He has taught Mathematics (Elective and Educational modules), Functional IT Education, Teaching Skills and Strategies, Educational Assessment and Introduction to research at the undergraduate, postgraduate and M.Ed levels. He has supervised Masters in Dissertation. He was a lecturer at Paro College of Education (under RUB) for 2009- 2010.
Initially, at SCE, he served as the Staff Secretary , Teaching Practice Coordinator and Head of Department of Mathematics. At SCE, he has Initiated and established following:
Electronic Publication Unit in SCE in 2013, Aerobic Dance Club in SCE in 2015, CRECHE-the Child Care Unit in SCE in mid of 2014 , and Project 2097: Campus Greening and Sustainability Initiative in 2017., and Linnaeus – Palme Partnership Project with Malmo University in 2017. He also developed M.Ed Mathematics course ( MAE 504 and ADS 603).
He received research grant from the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) financed by the Global Development Network (GDN) on the research title “Contextualizing and Infusing Gross National Happiness (GNH) values in Teaching-Learning Mathematics in Schools of Bhutan”. He also received a research grant from SCE on “Factors Affecting the Performance of Students in Mathematics of Higher Secondary Schools (Bhutan)” and completed one research on Andragogy Project (self financed). A research write up on “Model of Giving Constructive Feedback to the Learners” is in progress.
Currently, he is also involved in two joint research collaborations with the team of UiTM , Malaysia , on the theme “Morale values” and “Bhutanese Teachers Conception of Evolution (IOSTE 2019)”. Two Students-Faculty Researches are in progress involving B.Ed Final year students: One on the theme “Dialogic pedagogy” and other on “Relation between Teaching Skills and Dramatic Talents of Student Teachers of SCE”. Similarly one action research has been undertaken jointly with a school teacher on the theme “Improvement of Interest of School Students in Learning History Subject” and Misconceptions of students in 9th grade mathematics.
He initiated a partnership programme with Malmo University (MAU), Sweden. He received a grant in 2017 for Planning Phase of Linnaeus – Palme Programme on Student-Teacher Exchange Programme, Research Development on Ehtnomathematics and Culturally responsive mathematics and its approaches in teaching –learning , and development of a master degree progeamme on Ethnomathemaics in SCE and MAU. The follow up grant has been successfully received on 22-05-2018 for the Student-Teacher Exchange Programme, from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Sweden. The exchange will begin w.e.f 2019 with a possibility to extend up to maximum of 8 years.He also has been successful in achieving an Erasmus plus grant for research and course design on Ethnomathematics.
Currently, he has been involved ( as the leader from Bhutan) in applying for one more Erasmus Plus grant for the project on Infusion of Ethnomathematics into Higher Learning Mathematics courses in Europe, Asia and South America. The countries involved in this application are Greece, Cyprus, Ecuador, Bhutan, Malysia, Philippines and Brazil.
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PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY Ugyen Dorji is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught Mathematics, Life Skill education, Human Values, Teaching Skills and Teaching Strategies at undergraduate and PgDE level. He has a good knowledge on information technology and can comfortably navigate through software’s like Maple and SPSS. He believes immensely in applying Mathematics in research especially in data analysis part of the study. Realizing its importance, he along with the faculties from CIMITE has imparted inferential statistics knowledge to teachers and lecturers by training. He firmly believes, Mathematics need to be taught creatively using inquiry based learning (IBL) method. In many Mathematics classrooms, doing Mathematics means following the rules dictated by the teacher and remembering and applying these rules. However, an IBL approach challenges students to think like Mathematicians and to acquire their own knowledge by creating/discovering Mathematics. For his Statistics module, he initiated and supervised his students in their research project particularly in applying inferential statistics in their study. He has also attended training (University Teacher Qualification) at Vrije University in the Netherlands. After finishing the course, he has used Menti Meter in his classroom teaching and has shown improvement in the level of engagement from the students in learning. Menti Meter assist tutor in acquiring instant feedback and managing interactive classroom. A training session on Menti Meter has been offered to the faculty during the PLS (Professional Learning Series).

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Centre for Innovation in Science Education and Research

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Ms. Reeta Rai is a lecturer and the Head of Centre for Innovations in Science Education and Research (CISER) in the Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She joined Samtse College of Education in July 2007 and teaches chemistry and professional subjects like teaching skills and strategies to Bachelor, Postgraduate and Masters student teachers. She has great passion for teaching and has advanced in her professional journey from a school science teacher to an academic in Royal University of Bhutan. Her teaching philosophy is based on the principle of learning by doing. She facilitates students’ learning with hands-on approach or physically letting the students experience and apply learnt scientific concepts. She has 19 years of teaching experiences and a recipient of dedicated service award from His Majesty’s Secretariat, Royal Government of Bhutan. Besides teaching she has been actively involved in various research projects some even funded by international agencies such as HELVETAS, DANIDA, UNFPA and NORHED. Currently she is pursuing her PhD titled, “impacts of releasing untreated vehiclewash wastewater into the streams and rivers of Bhutan,” in Kathmandu University under the fellowship of Norwegian Government. Her research interest lies in applied science education and environmental science, in particular conservation of natural resources from anthropogenic activities. She has co-authored a book chapter and published journal articles in the fields of environment, social science and science education. Email: reetarai.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Bal Bahadur Mongar (M.Sc. Zoology) is a teacher educator currently working in Samtse College of education as a lecturer. He received his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan in 1998, Master of Scientific Studies (Zoology) from Madras University, Tamil Nadu, India in 2007. Initially, he worked as a teacher at then Daga Middle Secondary School and taught Biology, Chemistry and Integrated science. Since 2007, he joined Samtse College of education. In the college he has taught modules such as Human Anatomy and physiology, Genetics and Evolution, Immunology, Skills and Strategy, and Educational Assessment and Evaluation for B. Ed. and PgDE. Currently he also teaches Advance studies and Misconceptions for Master students. He is passionate about effective teaching method through creation of conducive and democratic learning environment with student’s maximum participation. He believes that the emotion of the teacher plays an important role in teaching-learning process and motivation of student. Email : bbmongar.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Kinzang Dorji (PhD) is a teacher educator of Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). He began his teaching career as a full time Biology teacher mostly served in the lower and higher secondary schools in different parts of Bhutan (2000-2003). During his tenure as secondary education teacher, he has significantly contributed a great deal to students’ emotional and psychological well-being through pastoral care, inculcation of values, attitudes and citizenship. He joined the college as a full time Lecturer in January 2005, after having acquired his master degree in Botany from the University of New England, Australia. Kinzang Dorji earned his PhD in Freshwater Ecology from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia in 2016. Dr. Dorji’s ongoing 13 years of university-level teaching experience in the College of Education involves multi-disciplinary teaching areas such as teaching of Skills and Strategies; Environmental Education; Functional Information Technology; Educational Research; and other elective modules in Biology. His multi-disciplinary areas of teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels add value in designing and developing programme related modules for any new programme in the college. Apart from his role in the university teaching, he also serves as a Programme Leader for Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. As a programme leader, he ensures that the programme is academically coherent, working closely with module tutors, Centre heads and Dean of Academic Affairs for delivering the programme using appropriate teaching, learning and assessment tools. He also served as Coordinator for the Centre for University Learning and Teaching (CULT) in 2008-2012. During his tenure as coordinator, his contribution towards developing RUB’s Policy document (co-authored) for the CULT, and establishment of its first Centre based at the SCE, has advanced research and innovation in tertiary teaching and learning among RUB member Colleges. Email : kdorji.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Kishore Mongar is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught the modules on Plant Taxonomy, Plant Physiology and Morphology, Ecology, Genetics, Immunology and Microbiology, Environmental Education, Biology Education, Research, Teaching Skills and Teaching Strategies at the undergraduate and post graduate level. He has served as the subject leader and Head of Department for Biology at Samtse College of Education. He has taken part in reviewing and developing national science curriculum for classes VIII, IX and XI. He was actively engaged in developing various programmes like Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Biology and Diploma in School Laboratory Management offered to Laboratory Assistants in schools in Bhutan. He has written varieties of Self-instructional learning materials (SIM) for modules for Diploma in Laboratory management. He emphasizes on the importance of philosophy of science in science teacher education. As educator he strives to educate teachers on content knowledge in Biology, teaching methods to effectively communicate scientific knowledge to students and ways to engage students to learn on their own. He believes that teachers’ philosophies of science will determine the effectiveness of learning and teaching of science in schools. Email : kmongar.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Lhapchu is a Chemistry lecturer at Samtse College of Education. Apart from teaching the elective subject, he also teaches research modules, pedagogy modules, and curriculum modules. He also facilitates the professional development and induction programmes for the university lecturers as and when required by the OVC. During his tenure as an acting Dean for RIL, Samtse, he worked in collaboration with the Research Department at OVC to carry out the planned activities in the college. He also headed the Professional Department in the college and coordinated the activities and programmes related to the department. Before joining the college, he worked in a Lower Secondary School in Haa from 2001 till 2008. During that time he served as the staff secretary, examination secretary, counsellor and focal person for school and parents programme coordinated by MoE. Email : lhapchu.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Nandu Giri (PhD) is a teacher educator and is currently Professor of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. His teaching subjects include chemistry, chemistry education, teaching skills, teaching strategies, educational research and science laboratory management at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised undergraduate and masters research. He was the Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Principal at Samtse College of Education for several years during which he established a variety of student services such as health centre, printing , semso, stationery cum book shop and counseling services. He is the Programme leader of M Ed Science and Mathematics which was launched in July 2017. He has played a key role in the design of M Ed programme structure and module descriptors relevant to the teachers currently teaching in schools. He has worked very closely with the Royal Education Council in revising the school curriculum. He has conducted several professional development workshops for teachers and was involved in the organization and management of practicum for 20 years through which he has established good linkages with school Principals and teachers. He is specialized in water quality analysis. He has analysed the quality of water in industrial area, urban area and agricultural field. His current research focus is on improving water sustainability strategies in the Himalayan cities. He led the Danish-RUB research project on Quality of Education in the prospective for Gross National Happiness (GNH) and Assessment Practices in Bhutan during 2012-2015. Email : nandugiri.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Ransingh Tamang is a lecturer and the Programme Leader of Diploma in School Science Laboratory Management Programme of Samtse College of Education. From 2010 to 2013 he also served as Programme Leader M. Ed programme. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience at college including 7 years of teaching experience in higher secondary school. He teaches undergraduate, postgraduate and including part-time programme the modules like Research methods, Teaching strategies, Teaching skills, information and communication technology, Biology Education, Microbiology, Immunology, Evolution and genetic, Cell biology, Human anatomy and physiology, Invertebrate and vertebrate and Plant physiology. He is highly experienced in developing, reviewing curriculum, and writing self-instructional materials (SIMs) for undergraduate and postgraduate programme including part-time diploma programme. He had participated in reviewing and writing national curriculum (school environmental science curriculum 2014) He is passionate about ICT tools integration in teaching and believes that teachers should developed technological competencies that are required if teachers to be proficient in integrate ICT tools in their teaching. He encourages his students to use virtual laboratory simulation and manipulation for science learning. He also facilitated ICT training to teachers and principals under Chiphen Rigphel project (2010 to 2015) He was the recipient of gold medals for the academic excellence in undergraduate (Sherubtse college 1996) and postgraduate (University of Madras 2009). Email: rstamang.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Sonam Rinchen, PhD is a teacher educator at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught chemistry, chemistry education, research methods and other educational modules to the pre-service and in-service teachers. He is a passionate teacher and keen researcher. His research interests include teacher education and women studies. He is also interested in the study of emotions and emotional climate of science classrooms both at the school and university level. Email: srinchen.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Tandin Penjor is a teacher educator and subject leader of physics in Samtse College of Education. He has taught teaching strategy, teaching skills and physics electives for undergraduate and postgraduate. He is actively engaged in the development of the modules for M. Ed which he now teaches. As a teacher educator, he is guided by the philosophy to conduct oneself with professionalism, continue to learn and desire to make contributions to the field of education. He uses his knowledge of the subject to generate interest in the student by connecting complex concepts to examples from their daily life. He encourages the students to engage in critical thinking, investigation, experimentation and solving challenging problems. He also advocates the use of technology to support his teaching and assessing his student’s learning. He set high standards and expectations from his student to raise their potentials. Apart from teaching, he has provided active professional services like facilitating a workshop on “Introduction to University learning and teaching” for college educators, localization of VLE (Moodle) in Dzongkha, imparting training on ICT skills to his colleagues and teachers from MoE. Now, he takes interest in research activities to help solve waste management. Email: tpenjor.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...

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Ugyen Pem is an Assistant Professor at Samtse College of Education. She has M.Sc (Physics) from University of Roorkee, India; PgCE from Samtse College of Education, Bhutan; and GCES from University of New England, Australia. She started her teaching journey as a school teacher and then as a teacher educator. This journey endowed her with a lot of experience. Be it teaching physics and mathematics in primary and secondary schools, which she did for 10 years, or teaching of electives and professional modules at Samtse College of Education, which she did for 14 years. In her capacity as a programme leader from July 2009 to June 2016, she worked tirelessly to develop and launch the nested programme Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgDHE). Regardless of her tight schedule, she dedicated herself for the smooth functioning of the programme. This dedication made her realize the importance of public relations and team work. Though she is currently teaching physics elective modules for B.Ed. and PgDE programmes and Misconceptions in Physics for M.Ed programme, she had also involved in the development of the M.Ed programme earlier. This was possible because of her previous experiences of development of programmes and modules. Passionate to learn, she even after her 24 years of teaching career still has the desire to learn more. Every day she wakes up with the same enthusiasm to discover something new which might prove to be useful to her and her students. Email: upem.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...

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Kezang Choden is an Assistant Professor in Samtse College of Education. She has 22 years of enriching experiences in teaching, designing and reviewing curriculum for schools and Samtse College of Education. She served as a head of department of science in the College from 2006 to 2010 and later as head of chemistry department after the three disciplines of science was segregated from 2011 to 2016. As a head of science department she took active role in developing relation between Samtse College of Education and Teton Science Schools, USA in which Teton science schools was to work jointly with SCE in developing the Master of Education progrrame. She received her Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science) from National Institute of Education and Master of Science( applied analytical and inorganic chemistry) from Mahidol University, Thailand in 2001. She has co-authored one international paper titled ‘Simple flow injection system for colorimetric determination of iodate in iodized salt’. She also received the best article award on the same paper from Japanese association of Flow Injection Analysis. Currently she teaches Advanced studies I to Master of Education (Chemistry) students, Chemistry education to students of Post graduate Diploma in Education, educational modules as well as subject specific modules to Bachelor of education students and two diploma modules for distance learners in school laboratory management. She is also the subject leader of Faculty of Chemistry. Email: kchoden.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...

Centre for Social Science Education and Research

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Bhupen Gurung is a teacher educator and Head of the Centre for Social Science and Humanities Education and Research of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He teaches business studies education, economics education, educational assessment and evaluation and pedagogical principles and methods at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the capacity of Centre Head, he provides strategic leadership in teaching, research, programme development and partnership building in social science disciplines. He believes in fostering multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches of learning, teaching and research through collaboration and knowledge sharing among various disciplines to promote deeper insights on emerging social issues at local, national and international level. One of his current efforts includes development of modules for Bachelor of Arts in social work. He was a school teacher for several years during which he provided strategic leadership in pedagogical approaches and curriculum development. He taught subjects such as Accountancy, Commerce and Mathematics and supported in designing questions and marking answer scripts at national level. His writings have focused on the improving quality of education through assessment practices, promoting entrepreneurship education and the interplay between local culture and modernity in Bhutan. He is a member of the subject committee for Accountancy and Commerce of Royal Education Council and provides support in curriculum design and review. Email : bgurung.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Harihara Subramonian .P is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He teaches Geography Education, Social Studies, Teaching methods in Upper Primary, Teaching Skills and Teaching Strategies at the postgraduate and undergraduate level. He has presented his paper on " Bhutanese Geography Curriculum Standards Vis-à-vis International Standards” during the Geography Conference organized by the Social Studies Centre on September 31st 2016. Currently he is playing the role of a teacher Educator and as the Exam Secretary. As a teacher educator, he believes that the basic purpose of education is to help each child make use of their unique potential. It is teacher’s responsibility to encourage our students to identify and nurture their strong aptitude areas and the potentials. Previously, Harihara Subramonian .P served as a Teacher at Damphu Higher Secondary School, Tsirang. As a Teacher he served as a faculty member of DHSS and has taught Geography and History. Currently he is playing the role of the Exam secretary in the college. Email: hsubramanian.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Kuenzang Gyeltshen is a teacher educator and is currently an Assistant Professor of Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He is the first faculty from Samtse College of Education to get National of Merit (Gold Medal) for Academic Excellence from His Majesty the King on 17th December 2013 and the first faculty member from RUB to undergo Senior Executive Leadership Program (SELP-5) at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies. He has MA in Geography from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India, Postgraduate Certificate in Education from National Institute of Education, Samtse, Bhutan and BA with Honours in Geography from Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Bhutan. He was the Dean of Academic Affairs at Samtse College of Education for several years during which he has promoted academic standard at diversifies programmes at Samtse College of Education. He has taught Action Research, Bhutanese Education System, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Skills, Social Studies, Geography and Geography Education at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. He is actively engaged in policy writing, programme development, partnership building and promoting Learning and teaching in schools and Higher Education Institutions in Bhutan. Currently he is leading the development of Masters in Education in Geography at the college. He trains teachers, faculty of RUB and other Tertiary Institutions in Learning and Teaching, Assessment and Providing Meaningful feedback as he is very passionate about the need for teachers to engage in continuous learning and development. He has also played a very active role in reforming the school Geography and Social Studies curriculum for the Ministry of Education. He believes that research is very important for enhancing learning and teaching and have conducted several researches to improve learning and teaching besides other research activities he has carried out within Bhutan for international organization as a lead researcher. He provides policy and programmatic support to agencies engaged in education. He is an elected Chairman of Social Studies Subject Committee since May 2018 and Vice Chairman of Geography Subject Committee for Royal Education Council, Ministry of Education since 2017, He has been the Member of Programmes and Quality Committee, Royal University of Bhutan since 2014, Board Member, Bhutan Ecological Society since 2013. He was the Member of Academic Board and Admission Committee of the Royal University of Bhutan from 2012 to 2016. Email: kgyeltshen.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Mr. Pema Chopel is a lecturer, currently serving as a Programme Leader for Bachelor of Education, Secondary (B.Ed.Sec.) at Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan. He has completed his Master of Physical Education (M.PEd) and Master of Public Administration (MA.Pub. Admn.) from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. His subject of specialization is in Health and Physical Education (HPE) and he has also taught other professional modules such as Curriculum Theories, Teaching Skills and Strategies, Bhutanese Education System to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has been engaged in designing and developing course modules related to Bachelor of Social Work programme such as Welfare Administration and Community Health and Well- Being. He has also actively participated and contributed his expertise in designing the school based HPE curriculum for Classes IV to VI. Prior to his present job at SCE, he had served as a teacher in Woochhu Lower Secondary School, Paro and Loselling Lower Secondary School, Thimphu. Besides being a teacher he was also a National Soccer player of Bhutan for ten years (1999-2009) and has represented our country in the prestigious international tournaments. Currently, he is also an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) “B” and “C” international licensed coach for the soccer as well. Email: pchophel.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Ramesh Kumar Chhetri is a teacher educator and a subject leader for History in Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught subjects like history, history education, pedagogical principles and methods, curriculum studies, and education for development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before joining the college in 2013, he was a school teacher for ten years during which he served the schools at various capacities in taking the schools to a greater height. He is passionate about teaching and making a difference in children’s lives. He is conscious of engaging students in developing and using core research skills and enabling them to have an impact beyond their academic study. Email: ramesh.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Tashi moved from Eastern Bhutan to Southern Bhutan to render his service to the nation since at his young age and currently he is working as History Lecturer in Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan since 2016. He has earned Bachelor Degree in Geography from Delhi University in the year 2007 and graduated with Post Graduate Diploma in Education in History and Geography from Samtse College of Education in 2008. Prior to his joining in the College of Education as Lecturer he has served as fulltime Secondary School Teacher at Sarpang Higher Secondary School for more than seven years teaching History, Geography and Economics. He served the school with utmost fidelity and he was recognized as Best Educator, awarding him the National Level ‘Teaching of Excellence’ Certificates for successive five years (2011-2015). His current three years of tertiary level teaching experience involves teaching of Bhutan History, Constitution of Bhutan, Imperialism since 1919, world history in general, Teaching Skills and strategies, Education for Development and Research skills on writing local history and family history for both undergraduate and post graduate levels. Apart from his teaching he undertook various managerial responsibilities as Provost (2016), Dealing with students disciplinary issues (2016-2017), Immersion of Culture to the students since 2016, Class Advisor since 2016. Mr. Tashi is also interested in providing social services and currently he is Bhutan Toilet Organization’s Ambassador to Samtse Dzongkhag and also Democracy Club In-charge advocating civic education to the society on various fields. Despite his interest in providing social services, he is passionate in conducting the Academic Research. He supervised more than eight Research of Local History and approximately thirty on writing family History. Currently he is working on two independent research on “Biogas as an alternative source of Energy in Rural Bhutan” and “Military system during Theocratic Era of Bhutan”. Email: tashi.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...

Centre for Language Education and Research

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Tashi Gyeltshen (PhD) is Assistant Professor in English and currently the Head of Centre for Language Education and Research at Samtse College of Education. Prior to the current post, he has served as Acting Dean for one year (2012), B. Ed Secondary Programme Leader (2010-11), Head of English Department (2007-2009) and as lecturer since 2004. Before joining Samtse College of Education, he worked under Ministry of Education as a teacher at erstwhile Sherubling Junior High School, Trongsa from July 1994 to 1998. From 1999 to 2003, he worked as a Principal at Sherubling Middle Secondary School and Daga Middle Secondary School. At the college, he has taught subjects such as Study Skills, Academic Writing, Teaching of Poetry, Teaching Prose Fiction, Secondary School English Curriculum, Study of Language, Drama, Writing, Teaching Skills, and Teaching Strategies. At the same time, he was actively involved in the development and revision of modules in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently, he is involved in the development of M. Ed in English programme at the college. Besides teaching English and professional subjects, he has offered numerous research services such as teaching Introduction to Educational Research and supervising action research projects of the M. Ed in Educational Leadership and management students at Paro College of Education. Similarly, he had supervised two M. Ed students’ dissertation in the same programme. Currently, he supervises five M. Ed in Maths students in their dissertation at Samtse College of Education. In addition, he has offered Introduction to Educational Research and supervised the projects of 35 Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education students, 90 Postgraduate Diploma in Education and 80 B. Ed students. In addition, he is supervising a Brazilian student’s MA dissertation. Besides teaching, research and leadership, he is involved in facilitating and resourcing workshops such as facilitating familiarisation of the class 5 to 8 new English curriculum to the English teachers (2008), resourcing Strategies in Teaching English (2017) and action research for Dzongkha teachers (2018) Besides being a member of six working committees at the college, he is a member of International Society for Teacher Education and Australian Teacher Education Association. He is on the editorial board for Shes-Rig PAGES: The Biannual Newsletter of Samtse College of Education, and Rig-Gter. He has reviewed articled for publication in Bhutan Journal of Research and Development, Rabsel and Education Innovation and Practices He is a recipient of the National Order of Merit (Gold Medal) for excellence in teaching in 2016. Email : tgyeltshen.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Choeda is a lecturer at Samtse College of Education (SCE) , Royal University of Bhutan. Prior to joining the college in 2008, he has worked as a teacher and as a Vice Principal in a secondary school in east Bhutan. After his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) training in 1998 (in two teaching subjects English and Geography) from National Institute of Education- the erstwhile SCE, he was placed in one of the reputed high schools in the East, Jigme Sherubling High School (now Higher Secondary School) in Khaling. There he worked for eight years as a teacher of English and Geography apart from carrying out school management as a Vice Principal in the school. During his tenure as an English teacher, he went through the transitional phase of curriculum transformation when CERD (Centre for Educational research and Development) now known as Royal Education Council (REC) initiated a complete change in the English Curriculum. He was one of the research participants whose English classes were observed by researchers for the curriculum change process data collection. Being involved in the process, he got opportunity to attend orientation of new English curriculum for implementation. He, therefore, possesses wide experiences of handling English curriculum at secondary school level. Joining the SCE as teacher educator after having been a teacher in the school for several years brought a meaningful progression in his profession. Apart from being a classroom teacher he had also worked as school examination in-charge through which he streamlined school examination procedures and preparation of results based on ICT. Further, as a School Agriculture Programme (SAP) in-charge, he also initiated organic vegetable production, poultry as well as mushroom production within the school itself. Dairying was another programme that was started in the school under his initiative. Therefore, he was an active advocate in the implementation of wholesome education of students, emphasizing on academic achievement as well as promoting dignity of labour through gainful engagement in extra-curricular activities. In addition he was also a member of School Management Board when in 2004 he became Vice Principal. Owing to his never tiring attitude towards teaching in the class, he always encouraged and inspired school students to achieve success stressing on incessant and sincere effort in academic achievement. Ever since he joined the college as a faculty member, he has taught undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. He has taught English modules such as novels, listening and speaking, reading and writing, prose fiction and phonetics. In addition, he also taught professional modules such as introduction to educational research, teaching methods (teaching skills and strategies) and English secondary curriculum. Since he strongly believes in teaching through practical engagements, he always espouses demonstrations and learning by doing. He emphasizes on teaching from the heart rather than teaching for the sake of teaching. He considers satisfaction and happiness to be the two important components to both teacher and student while engaged in teaching and learning process. More so, he upholds the value of learners as source of inspiration and wisdom. Rapport between teacher and learner is another factor that he attaches importance to materialize reciprocity in teaching and learning. He was engaged in delivering professional service through collaboration with REC as a core group member in developing Action Research Guidelines (ARG) for school teachers in 2016. In May 2017, based on the guidelines, he also participated as resource person in collaboration with REC in providing professional training in action research for selected teachers in Thimphu. He has also collaborated as a lead researcher with faculty researcher from Aalborg University, Denmark on GNH and ICT integration to curriculum design and instruction in RUB between 2012 and 2015 producing a series of research papers. Belonging to the Centre for Language Education and Research (CLER) as a member and Subject Leader in English, he has initiated and coordinated literary activities for college students with the aim of enhancing their communication skills. Since professionalism is the hallmark of teachers, he upholds the belief that teacher is the ‘main driver of students’ learning (Barber & Mourshed,2007). He always urges his colleagues to exhibit the highest level of professionalism that one can so that, students and teacher colleagues are inspired. Apart from holding the responsibility of Subject Leader he is also a Programme Leader and tutor of part-time programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PgDHE). As envisioned by the government, he is also of the opinion that enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of tertiary or higher education graduates will matter significantly in creating ‘vibrant knowledge based economy’ in the country. Hence, he has been imparting messages to the tertiary institutions to avail the opportunities to take up the programme. Nevertheless, he is involved in carrying out the review of the programme with team of tutors currently. Email : choeda.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Dorji Letho is an Assistant Professor at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan, and He works at the Centre for Language Education and Research (CLER). He has taught Dzongkha For Communication, Environmental Studies, Dzongkha Teaching Method, Professional Module (Teaching Skills and strategies),and Bhutanese Traditional Values (Driklam Namzha) at the undergraduate level,(B.Ed. Secondary and Primary). He received his Post-graduate Certificate in Education from Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan in 2001 and Masters of Buddhist Philosophy from Sanga Chokhor College, Paro, Bhutan in 2008. He has 17 years of experience in teaching, and designing curriculum for schools and for SCE Samtse. Since 2004, currently, he is Subject Leader for Dzongkha at the Centre. He is involved in research on The way of Bodhisattva as Buddhist Philosophy, (Chonjuk) and has co-authored a number of articles and journals papers in the field of Dzongkha development and education. He is engaging in support for students in continues learning in research in traditional music and education, resulted in a full conceptualization of the music education and research centre initiative at Samtse College of Education. He is the Chair of immersion of cultural education that encourages the Bhutanese cultural tradition activities in the college. He was engaged in various of Dzongkha curriculum development program. EVS in( 2012) The revision of Dzongkha curriculum class iv to viii (2007)He was member of the Pan Localization Translation project for Virtual Learning Environment in the college(2010). He was an elected member of the university wide common Dzongkha module development program for teacher education in the colleges, DZG 101 (2014). Email : dletho.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Sonam Daker (PhD, MA, M.Ed.) is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Language Education & Research, Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. She has taught English studies modules like creative writing, short stories, reading and writing, Speaking and listening, and English for communication. She also taught professional studies modules like teaching skills and strategies, multi-grade teaching, curriculum studies and contemplative education. She was actively involved in programme developments and served as the programme leader for the Bachelor in primary education and the coordinator for the lead teachers’ certificate course in English. She also led the development and successful launch of the B.Ed. (Distance mode) for in-service teacher at Samtse College of Education. She also resourced professional development programmes for in-service teachers. Prior to joining the college, she served as an English and History teacher in Zilukha primary school, Thimphu and Punakha high school. She also served as an assistant principal in Khaling high school, where, besides assisting the principal in the administration, taught English and history. She has authored and co-authored peer reviewed articles and book chapters and delivered talks in the field of education. She believes in being a passionate reflective classroom practitioner. Her pedagogic research focus on reflective and contemplative teaching practices to enrich teaching and learning. Her interests also include teaching and learning with focus on compassion and mindfulness. Her current research focuses on contemplative practices. She is also actively involved in developing the module, Buddhism and social work for Bachelor in social work. Presently, she is the coordinator for the M.Ed. in English studies and is actively coordinating the writing of the modules for the programme. Email : saker.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Sonam Gyeltshen is a lecturer and teacher educator, currently working at Samtse College of Education, Royal University of Bhutan. He has taught Buddhist Philosophy literatures (Choenjug), the boddhisatvas way of life, Dandi’s mirror of poetry (snangag), the root text in the context of Grammar (ngagdon) Commentary of the root Grammar (gsumtag), the Bhutanese system of textiles weaving (Thazo), translation (skad bsgayur) in Institute of Language and Culture Studies, Semtokha at higher secondary and undergraduates level. In Samtse College of Education, he teaches various subjects such as Effective Teaching Skills, Life Skills, and Dzongkha for communication, Environmental Studies, Dzongkha Reading and Writing, Dzongkha Language Education, Driglam Namzhag, and Human Values at the undergraduate level. He has developed B.Ed primary DZG 403 module Reading and Writing in Samtse 2010. Currently he is engaged in BA social work programme development. He believes that as a teacher one must be firm and empowered to know and care other with the qualities of love, kindness, compassion, sympathetic joys and delight and equanimity or even mindness. Email : sgyeltshen.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Wangmo, received her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Samtse College of Education (SCE), Royal University of Bhutan in 1993, Master of Education in Language and Literacy from Edith Cowan University, Australia in 1997. As of 2004, she has been teaching English and Professional modules such as Curriculum Studies, Teaching Skills and Education for Development, Introduction to University Teaching and Learning, in the college. She has also served as the Head of the English Department, from 2012 till the Spring Semester of 2016. In 2004, she participated in the revision and development of the School English Curriculum. She also actively participated as a member of the English Subject Committee in the Royal Education Council and worked as a core member with the Teacher Professional Support Division (TPSD), Ministry of Education, to develop modules for the English Language Proficiency Program for Teachers in Bhutan. Currently, she teaches English Language studies and Communication Skills and is also working with the Centre for Language and Educational Research (CLER) in developing modules for Master of English Language studies. Her participation in the promotion and development of the English Language study programs, clearly, highlights her belief in the English Language proficiency, as an effective tool to enhance any educational endeavor. Email : wangmo.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...
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Yangdon is a teacher educator at Samtse College of Education. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at the University of New England, Australia. Prior to her working as a teacher educator, she has taught in both primary and middle secondary schools for more than a decade. She has taught reading, writing, and language across the curriculum modules to both lead teachers and distance education learners. At the undergraduate level, she has taught academic skills, teaching skills, teaching strategies, life skills, action research, and literacy modules. Email : yangdon.sce@rub.edu.bt Read more...