CNR, Lobesa Nov 11, 2017: The College of Natural Resources (CNR) joined the nation in celebrating the auspicious occasion of 62nd Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Great, Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, on 11th November 2017. Coinciding the day, CNR celebrates 25 years of dedicated services to the Tsa-Wa-Sum. This commemoration is not just to recount that the college has attained its 25 years of service to the Tsa-Wa-Sum, but also to pay tribute to the founders - the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Swiss Development Corporation (HELVETAS).
 
 
The celebration of Silver Jubilee marks the college's transition from a Natural Resources Training Institute (NRTI) in 1992 to a full-fledged college in 2004 under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). Until 2008, CNR provided Diploma in AgricultureAnimal Husbandry, and Forestry; it is only in 2009, it provided Bachelors Degree in these three fields. Subsequently, Bachelors of Science in Sustainable DevelopmentBachelors of Science in Environment and Climate Studies, Bachelors of Science in Food Science and Technology, Masters in Development Practices, and Masters of Science in Natural Resource Management were introduced. Today, CNR has 57 faculties supported by 52 supporting staff and about 600 students are currently studying in various programs: Diploma, Bachelors  Degree, and Masters  Degree. CNR has maximum Bhutanese Ph.D. holders among the RUB colleges, thus, CNR is able to provide various capacity development programs and consultancy services in different fields. Moreover, the students and faculties have been conducting research and articles have been publishing in various national and international journals including Bhutan Journal of Natural Resources and Development (BJNRD).  
 
 
Picture Courtesy: Tempa Dorjee
 
So far, more than 2,500 students have graduated and working in different organizations, largely in Ministry of Agriculture and Forest. A remarkable progress has been made in terms of a number of programs, student numbers, infrastructures, faculties, and supporting staff.  On celebrating this joyous occasion, it is a moment worth to reflect on our achievements and explore opportunities ahead. Today, we take this moment to re-dedicate our commitments to serve Tsa-Wa-Sum better. 
 
*Contributed by Mr. Ugyen Thinley, Mr. Jambay, Mr. Tashi Dendup, and Dr. Jigme Tenzin
 
 
CNR, Lobesa Nov 10, 2017: A training on GIS and GPS for the Field Staff of MoAF is underway at a  College of Natural Resources (CNR) in Lobesa. The training is funded by European Union Technical Cooperation Project.
 
 
The training is devised to familiarize field staffs with the concepts of GIS and GPS handling, cartography, and basic spatial analysis. The training is conducted by resource person: Mr. Ugyen Thinley, Mr. Ugyen Dorji and Mrs. Ugyen Yangchen of the college.
 
 
 
CNR, Lobesa Nov 5, 2017: Dr. D.B. Gurung, Professor, and Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages, is awarded the Annual Balipara Foundation Award 2017 during the Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum held at Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam from November 2 to 3, 2017 for his work on nature conservation in Bhutan. This award is presented to a government or non-government organization, whose contribution to the protection of wild nature has gone beyond the call of duty and which has displayed demonstrable success in the arena of nature conservation.  Many congratulations to professor D.B. Gurung for winning the award.
 
 
 
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