Humanities and Social Sciences

Karma Pedey

Assistant Professor

Mrs. Karma Pedey taught English at Sherubtse College, Paro College of Education and Royal Institute of Health Sciences. She also worked as a visiting faculty for one year in the University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales, Australia) besides being a Guest speaker for Leadership Programmes for Scouts and Desung for the past years.

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At the time of initiating the Diploma in Leadership and Management for the school principals by Paro College of Education, UNESCO funded programme, Karma was the Project Coordinator.Further, when the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) was working towards becoming an autonomous entity, she was the Chief Human Resource Officer at the Office of the Vice Chancellor and was instrumental in developing the Human Resource policy. She resigned from RUB and joined the Institute for Management Studies (Thimphu) where she worked as a Sr. Researcher and Sr. Lecturer. In this capacity Karma conducted many capacity development programmes for mid-level officers on Leadership, Customer Care, Office Management, communication skills, Interpersonal skills and facilitation skills. She was also in the Project team for the establishment of Norbuling Rigter College. As a researcher, she has several academic research papers in both International and National journals. She is also the author of the book titled “Ta She Gha Chha: The Broken Saddle and Other Popular Bhutanese Beliefs.” In 2009, her essay “The Cyber Dilemma: Harnessing the goodness of cyberspace for our children” won the First Prize in the National Essay Competition organized by the Ministry of Information and Communication. The essay was published in Kuensel, May 19, 2009 issue. As a consultant, she developed the Customer Care manual for Bhutan Development Bank, Out of School Youth Life Skills programme handbook for the Department of Youth and Sports (MoE), Early Childhood Care and Development capacity development manual for a four month training programme initiated by the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources, among several other consultancy assignments. Karma Pedey has a Masters with Research in Early Childhood Development from University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales, Australia), Masters in English from University of Madras (India) and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the erstwhile National Institute for Education (Samtse, Bhutan). She also participated in seminars and capacity development programmes in Canada, USA, France, Thailand, Nepal, India, Australia, China and Singapore. With rich and varied experiences, Karma will definitely make a difference to Norbuling Rigter College, particularly in the learning and growth of students.

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Kinley

Lecturer

Lopen Kinley served in various organizations including monastery, government and private organizations for the last 21 years.

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He taught Dzongkha in a High School for seven years before joining NRC as an Associate Lecturer. He served in Monastic body as an Internal Auditor as well as an Administrative Officer. Kinley also has experience of working in the Dzongkhag Administration as a Surveyor and an Accountant.

Kinlay has a Master Degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Tango Buddhist College.

As a teacher, he took initiatives to coordinate spiritual activities, orient students to Driglam Namzha and conduct programmes to promote the National Language besides teaching. The wide and rich experience that Kinlay has will help the students to grow into responsible individuals.

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Kezang Choden

Lecturer & Programme Leader for BA in Political Science and Sociology

Ms. Kezang Choden has a Masters degree in Sociology from South Asian University (SAARC University), India. She completed her BA in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan.

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Kezang Choden is an assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology. Her research interest is on marriage and cultural changes.

Her passion to be a teacher and work with youths will drive her to excel as a teacher and make difference in the learning of the students.

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Dr. Umesh Chandra Sharma

Professor

Dr. Umesh joined Dr J.M. College, BR Ambedkar Bihar University as Lecturer of English and later headed the Department from October 1983 to August 1997. After that he taught in the College of Education, Nadira, Ibb University (Yemen) and was the Head of English Department and the Syllabus Reform Committee.

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Professor Umesh also worked in Hawassa University, Ethiopia where he taught at Masters level and developed Language Modules for Graduate programme.
In Bhutan, he taught English at Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. Besides teaching, he was engaged as a member of the English Syllabus Reform Committee for developing “Language” Modules for Graduate and Master Programmes.

Before joining Norbuling Rigter College Professor Umesh taught at College of Women, Seiyun, Hadramout University in Yemen.

With long years of teaching experience in different countries which are socio-culturally diverse, Professor Umesh will definitely contribute to the education of the students at Norbuling Rigter College.

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Pramananda Dhital

Lecturer

Mr. Pramananda Dhital has a Master degree in Economics from Sikkim university. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the same University.

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For the fulfillment of his master degree, he conducted a research on “Socio- economic conditions of street vendors in Gangtok, Sikkim."

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Penjor

Lecturer

Lopen Penjor has PGDE from Paro College of Education and Masters of Arts of Buddhist Studies from Tango University. Before joining NRC, he worked as teacher for 7 years with high degree of professional commitment and performed outstandingly well.

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As a teacher, he had served as Dzongkha Resource Person for graduates appearing for RCSC. Besides teaching, he shouldered various responsibilities such as Head of Department for Dzongkha and Driglam Namzha Coordinator. He is highly committed to enrich the learning and development of his students.

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Kuenzang Dorji

Lecturer & FSV Staff Advisor

Mr. Kuenzang Dorji received his Masters Degree in International Relations from South Asian University, (SAARC University), India. He pursued BA in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Kanglung.

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Kuenzang Dorji is an assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology. His research interest is on the water management and hydropower projects in Bhutan.

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Priyanka Paul

Lecturer

Ms Priyanka Paul completed her Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) from Patna Women’s College, India and Master’s degree in English from The English and Foreign Languages University, India. She is a TESOL (Teaching of English to Students of Other Languages) certified English teacher with certification from American TESOL Institute, Thailand.

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She is currently pursuing Masters of Philosophy in English Studies (M.Phil.) on ‘Dialectics of Care: An Ecofeminist Analysis of Arundhati Roy’s Select Non-fiction’ from Christ (deemed to be university), India. She has presented her research papers in a number of national and international seminars in India.

Before joining NRC Ms Paul worked as an Assistant Editor—ELT with Encyclopaedia Britannica India Pvt. Ltd (Indiannica Learning Pvt. Ltd.), India. She has worked with Indian Institute of Mass Communication, India as a Research Associate on the project, ‘Capacity Building in Communicating Science and Biosafety’. Ms Paul, in addition, has the experience of working as a travel writer (trainee) with Srishti Publications Pvt. Ltd., India. She has also worked as an English Teacher and Conversation Partner with Lha Charitable Trust, India.

Ms Paul’s believes in utilizing her varied work experience across governmental, non-governmental, corporate, and private sectors in shaping her teaching abilities as per the students’ needs. Her objective is to motivate her students to develop their own learning interests and critical thinking so as to establish a learner-centered environment in the classroom.

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Pema Tshering

Lecturer & Programme Leader for BA in Dzongkha and English

Mr. Pema Tshering has a Master Degree from Tango Buddhist College.

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He started his teaching profession as a high school teacher from 2007 to 2015. From 2016 to 2019, worked as a lecturer in Gedu Business College (GBS).

Lopen Pema carries a research paper in his name and has a keen interest in bringing research to enrich his teaching and contribute to the research culture at NRC.   Currently, he is earnestly working on his new research titled:  “Source and Origin of Dzongkha Language.”

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Yeshi Samdrup

Lecturer & Programme Leader for BA in Development Studies

Mr. Yeshi Samdrup has a Masters Degree in Development Practice from the College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan.

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As a part of the Master’s programme, he conducted research on two topics on ‘Relationship of Tsamdro Management Activities as a Source of Livelihood to the Herders’ and ‘Impact of Post-Harvest Training on Farmers in Lhuntse, Mongar, Trashigang and Trashiyangtse Dzongkhags’.

His research experiences would definitely serve to give a sharp edge to his teaching and learning experience.

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Passang Lhamo

Lecturer

Ms. Passang Lhamo has completed her Bachelors in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. She has her Masters Degree in Sociology from the South Asian University (SAARC University) New Delhi, India.

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Passang pursued her Masters research on a very interesting topic “Modernity and the Patrons of Drayang.” Thus, her academics, complimented with her research experience would have a far-reaching impact on teaching and learning experience with her students.

Currently Passang serves in the capacity of Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Norbuling Rigter College.

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Thinley Namgay

Lecturer

Mr. Thinley Namgay graduated from Sherubtse Collège in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and English.

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Thinley taught English at Sakon Nakhon Technical College in Thailand for two years before he joined NRC in 2021.

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Dawa Norbu

Lecturer

Mr. Dawa Norbu has completed his under graduation in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan. He has Masters Degree in International Relation from the South Asian University (SAARC University) New Delhi, India.

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As a part of his Masters Study, Dawa conducted a research on “Sino-Bhutan Relationship: Examining the Calls for Greater Engagement.” Thus, his research experience combined with his educational back-ground would make a deep impact on the academic and personal growth of the students.

He is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Norbuling Rigter College.

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Dago Palden

Senior Lecturer

Ms. Dago Palden has a B.Ed from Paro College of Education. She acquired M.A in Communicative English from the Institute of International studies, Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Ms. Dago Palden carries 10 years of teaching experience having worked as a teacher and another 4 years as a lecturer at Royal Thimphu College. While in Thailand, she also taught communication skills to the JICA volunteers to Bhutan at Thammasat University, Bangkok.

During her Masters course, Dago successfully published two papers titled: a) How teacher Misbehaviour Affect Teacher Credibility and b) Tourism in Bhutan: An analysis of the ‘High Impact, Low volume’ Policy.

Her interest lies in teaching of English language and literature, information and communication, reading and outdoor activities.

She joined the NRC family as a Senior Lecturer after completing her Desuup training.

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Ugyen Pelden

Lecturer

Mr. Ugyen Pelden is recipient of Exceptional Academic Excellence Certificate from His Majesty, the Druk Gyalpo in 2014. He is also the first Bhutanese to avail SAARC Presidential Scholarship for the Masters Programme.

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  Ugyen Pelden is lecturer in the Political Science and Sociology programme. He received his Master’s Degree in Sociology from South Asian University (SAARC University), India after completing BA in Political Science and Sociology from Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan.

Ugyen Pelden attended the International Anti-corruption Summer School for Students and Young people–Asia organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2021.

His research interest is on determinants and seeks to unravel the conditions of youth in contemporary Bhutan.

Ugyen Pelden’s enthusiasm to engage in research, academic and industrial experiences deeply contributes to the academic and personal development of his students.

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Priyashree Rai

Lecturer

Ms. Priyashree Rai has a MA in English Literature from Vidhyasagar University. She completed her BA. in English (honours) from Calcutta University.

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Prior to joining NRC, she taught English at Karma Academy for four years where she received many accolades. Her teaching experience and belief in lifelong learning will help her students to progress and excel.

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Namgay Wangchuk

Lecturer

Mr. Namgay Wangchuk has MA in Economics from South Asian University, New Delhi. He completed his BA in Economics and Geography from the Sherubtse College.

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As a part of his Master’s Programme, Namgay carried out research on Overview on Growth and Development of Bhutanese Economy. Thus, the combination of his research experience and academic credential complimented by his commitment and willingness to learn fosters his credibility to enrich academic and personal development and growth of his students.

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Sonam Yangkee Phurba

Lecturer

Ms. Sonam Yangkee Phurba completed B.Sc. Environment and Climate Studies from College of Natural Resources, Royal University of Bhutan.

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Before joining the college, she worked as Assistant Environment/Program Officer in National Environment Officer, RGoB for one and half years. She also worked at the Tourism Council of Bhutan as an Intern. With her industry experience, she will be able to contribute enormously towards making learning meaningful for her students.

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Tshering Wangchuk

Lecturer

Mr. Tshering Wangchuk completed his Master degree (Political Science) in the First Division. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in BA Political Science and Sociology in 2015. He was the recipient of His Majesty’s Certificate for Academic Excellence to the Academic Toppers for his Bachelor Degree’s academic performance including multiple recipient of Dean’s List for academic excellence.

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He has researched and presented on the topic “Evolution of National Day Addresses from 2006-2018’. And also worked on a research topic titled as “Cultural Wisdom and Sustainable Development in Satsam Chorteon”. He has also worked as an Assistant Researcher for the research project “Understanding, Developing, and Supporting Meaningful Work for Youth with Disabilities in Bhutan: Networks, Communities, and Transitions” from July, 2019 to July, 2020. And has travelled extensively across Bhutan for the purpose of data collection while serving in the project. He has also been a part of Erasmus+ mobility programme in the Netherlands from 13th- 25th January, 2019.

Currently, he is researching on the change in ownership of temple in Tshento Gewog with a tentative topic titled as “Change in monastery ownership in Tshento Gewog within the larger local and national political and social dynamics”

He has been in the teaching profession since 2017. And at the moment, he coordinates Rigter Mind Meet.

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Tashi Tobgay

Lecturer

Mr. Tashi Tobgay has a Bachelor in Buddhist Philosophy and Master in the same discipline from Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi, India.

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He taught Dzongkha at Gedu College of Business Studies Sanskrit and Lhadri (painting) at College of Language and Culture Studies. Tashi Tongay also taught Dzongkha Literature at Pasakha Ugyen Dorji Choekhorling Monastery (Gonzin Dratshang). Further, he served as a volunteer teacher and taught Tibetan history, grammar and Buddhist philosophy to Tibetan Community at Norgayling (Nagpur, India).

Funded by Annual University Research Grant (AURG), he conducted research on Culture of using Dzongkha reading and writing in the offices. He also participated in several workshops on research and VLE initiated by Gedu College of Business Studies. Tashi Tobgay also participated in qualitative data analysis and report writing workshop organized by College of Language and Culture Studies and translation workshop conducted by Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi, India.

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