Higher Education Planning Division

Background

The Higher Education Planning Division (erstwhile Tertiary Education Division) has been established as one of the divisions under the Department of Adult and Higher Education, Ministry of Education in 2008. The division has an important mandate of ensuring sound tertiary education system in the country by serving as Secretariat to the Tertiary Education Board (TEB). TEB is the highest executive decision making body appointed through an Executive Order with all matters relating to tertiary education in the country.

This is in synchronization with the Tertiary Education Policy of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2010 that envisages TEB to oversee and provide direction to Tertiary Education Institutions on planning and funding, registration and licensing and quality assurance through the support of Bhutan Accreditation Council (BAC) and the Registrar for Tertiary Education.

The TEB was formed as per the clause 9 of the TEP, 2010, and was endorsed by Lhengye Zhungsthog with an executive order from the Government of Bhutan. The Board was formed with the Hon’ble Minister of education as the Chair person and many other relevant government secretaries as the Members.

Mandates:

Some of the mandates of Higher Education Planning Division are:

  • Develop policies and guidelines for the growth and development of tertiary education system in the country.
  • Function as Secretariat to Tertiary Education Board.
  • Facilitate and monitor establishment of universities/ colleges/ institutes for providing enhanced choices of tertiary education within the country.
  • Serve as information repository for tertiary education.
  • Implement Student Loan Scheme for Tertiary Education (SLSTE).
  • Execute activities related to SAARC.
  • Issuance of sector clearance of visa for foreign students and faculty members coming to study in Bhutan under student exchange programme to private TEIs

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Some of the major achievements: 

  • Developed Tertiary Education Policy of the Kingdom of Bhutan, 2010.
  • Revised Rules & Regulations for the Establishment of Colleges, 2012.
  • Printed Funding & Financial Mechanism for Tertiary Education, 2013.
  • Developed Tertiary Education Roadmap for Bhutan: 2017-2027.
  • Conducted 13 meetings of the Tertiary Education Board.
  • Developed ToR for TEB members.
  • Provided loans to 522 students under Student Loan Scheme for Tertiary Education.
  • Conducted 10 Student Loan Committee meetings.
  • Developed on-line application system for Student Loan Scheme for Tertiary Education.
  • Hosted 7th Meeting of the Governing Board of South Asian University in Paro.
  • Developed draft Guidelines for the Establishment of Universities and Autonomous Institutes.
  • Facilitated issuance of visa for foreign tertiary students and faculty coming to study at Royal Thimphu College (RTC) under the various exchange programmes.
  • Published State of tertiary Education, 2015.2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Facilitated and provided final approval to 4 colleges (3 Public and 1 private).
  • In-principle approval accorded to 1 private college at Phaduna, Punakha (under construction).
  • Developed DAHE website.
  • Developed Tertiary Education Statistics system (TESS) to capture data on tertiary education.

Services provided:

  • Monitored and facilitated establishment of universities / colleges/ institutes for providing choices of tertiary education within the country.
  • Visited all the HSS to sensitize on Loan scheme for tertiary education and other opportunities on higher education.
  • Sensitized and registered over 1000 self-financing students studying abroad using online system.
  • Facilitate issuance of visa for foreign students and faculty members coming to study in Bhutan under student exchange programme.
  • Implemented student loan scheme for tertiary education to economically disadvantaged class XII graduates to pursue tertiary education.
  • Sensitized on higher education opportunities to the parents and students on daily basis.
  • Sensitized on the provisions of the Funding & Financing Mechanism for tertiary education to relevant stakeholders