Hand-taking Bhutan and Himalayan Research Centre Office from out-going Centre Coordinator Mr. Sonam Nyenda (2017-2021) in present of Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages (DRIL)
It is another opportunity for me to take additional responsibility as a new centre coordinator for Bhutan and Himalayan Research Centre in succeeding Mr. Sonam Nyenda. He was the first centre coordinator for the BHRC from 2017 till his resignation, and I will be second in line as a caretaker of centre. Prior to his current appointment, he is still serving as the Programme Leader for BA in Bhutanese and Himalayan Studies, College of Language and Culture Studies. I completed Master in History from Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India in 2017, and Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PgDE) from Samtse College of Education (SCE) in 2019.
I thank the former coordinator for his “Tashi Delek” and prayer in fulfilling the objectives of the centre. I also congratulate, former coordinator on his next endeavor in pursuing PhD.
Many would think that I am too hurry to take an additional responsibility since I am currently serving as a programme leader for the BA in Bhutan and Himalayan Studies (BHS) since 2019. I never dream and thought to become a centre coordinator although I am enthusiastic. Despite repeated vacancy announced by the administration, no one showed interest to take a post. So that is an opportunity. Because to everybody, to any person, tommorrow is new. Whether friends believe it or not. That’s not important. I believe that taking an additional role and experiencing will be the better option, instead of simply staying ideal.
My additional responsibility other than Programme leader is to carry out not only research on features and events related to the history and culture of Bhutan but also to build the capacity of staff and students in doing research. The center will also aim to create an interdisciplinary network of research, teaching, and networking on Bhutan and the Himalayas.
I will try my best in fulfilling the objectives of the center without delay by simply holding chairs and an office. What motivated me to take this role is the idea that one person can make a difference. I am not working for the name and fame. I am not a potential competitor. But I have a larger vision that is working for the society and interest of the organization without expecting any reward or remuneration. What I need is administrative support and everyone’s blessing in the fulfilling mandate of the centre coordinator. Also, I never imagined that I would get the honor of holding both posts of programme leader and centre coordinator at the college level. Whatever I am doing today, the credit goes to the management of the College and their love and blessing.