Higher and professional education standards are set to rise in Bhutan as the constructions for the Bhutan’s biggest technical university Jigmeling Institute of Mechanical Engineering (JIME) is said to be on schedule and is expected to be complete by August 2013. According to YankaDava, the CEO of the construction contracting company ‘The Company has pulled out all the stops and work is going on as per schedule.
The university will be replete with 16 buildings including an auditorium, academic block, residences for staff and students alike. The university will initially offer 5 courses for a batch of 288 Students. Bhutanese student have generally had to travel abroad due to a lack of institutions of higher learning in the country. India is probably the most popular destination amongst Bhutanese students.
Talking to SingayTshering an aspiring student of engineering, “ I am very happy to hear that our nation is taking steps to provide us with high quality education. Almost all of us leave our home for our higher studies.”
A labor ministry source said that when the institute is complete the 138 students of Sershong Institute will be moved to the new institute and Sershong will then be converted into a hydropower training institute.