Through NORHED staff exchange programme, Dr. Tulsi Gurung visited Kathmandu University (KU) and the Institute of Forestry in Pokhara (IOF), Nepal from 12-27th July, 2015. According to Dr. Tulsi Gurung, the exchange programme to KU and IOF gave her the first time opportunity of experiencing teaching in a different university environment. She gave lectures on ‘land and soil management’ and ‘sustainable land management practices.’ A seminar on ‘Bhutan at a Glance,’ relating to Natural Resource Management, was also delivered to the staff of IOF.
Upon resignation of former Director General, Mr. Dorji Wangchuk, Dr. Phub Dorji, Assistant Professor from Department of Animal Science takes over as the new Director General. He was selected as the Director of the College through an open selection procedure held on 24 June 2015. While Dr. Phub Dorji officially took over as the New Director General of the College from 01 July 2015, his appointment was celebrated in a simple ceremony of offering Tashi Khadar on 20 July 2015 coinciding with Dup-Tshe Zhi, the first sermon of Lord Buddha.
Five days training-workshop (6th to 10th July 2015) was organized by CDI -Wageningen University in collaboration with CNR through the fund support of NUFFIC, with the expected course objectives of achieving:
1. Application of adult education and experiential learning principles
2. Application of interactive teaching and facilitation in short course delivery
3. Designing four short courses curricula for mid-career professionals
4. Managing a short course development process including cost assessment.
All the faculty members participated in the training-workshop and each department worked on a topic listed hereunder:
Department of Agriculture – Integrated Pest Management
Department of Animal Science – ‘Golden’ eggs from rural farms
Department of Sustainable Development – Community Mobilisation for Sustainable Livelihood
Department of Forestry – Climate Adapted Urban Greening
By the end of the training each department is expected to produce a brochure on each of short courses designed. The complete course content will have to be developed at later date by identified course teacher.
The after effect of this training is expected that every faculty members will design and develop short course related to the module each one teach at the college.
A team from Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership visited CNR on 19th June. REEEP is an international non-profit organization that works as a catalyst to clean energy market, with dedicated focus on developing and emerging economies. The South Asia Secretariat, New Delhi is based in The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI). The aim of the visit was part of the need assessment study in South Asia Region to identify the scope and potential of clean energy intervention in water-energy-food (WEF) nexus in Bhutan. Since, CNR is involved in imparting training in Agriculture, livestock and forestry in Bhutan, REEEP felt necessary to visit CNR. Discussion focused on water resource management and uses, various sources of energy available and their usage in Agriculture sector.
Centre for Rural Development Studies at the College of Natural Resources has three components namely Research and Publication, Training, and Community Services. Therefore, on 9th and 16th May, 2015, the staff members and students of the College took part in clearing the irrigation channel damaged by road widening process at Baap Geog. This activity was initiated with an aim to enable the Baap community to transplant their paddy on time. It was a heart warming response from more than 350 students who took part. The community services will be a regular feature in CNR’s activities and the college has plans to upscale this activity in the future.