Centre for Rural Development Studies 
College of Natural Resources
Royal University of Bhutan
Punakha, Lobesa Bhutan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As a tertiary educational institute, the College of Natural Resources (CNR), which is a federated College under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), is mandated to impart tertiary education and conduct research among others.  The research mandate is meant to support higher learning and assist in nation building of a knowledge-based society.  To support these mandates, a Centre for Rural Development Studies (CRDS) was established in the College campus in 2010 under the leadership of the Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages (DRIL) which is managed by a Coordinator of the Research Centre. This Research Centre was named so following the strength of the College which focusses on Agriculture, Forests and Environment, and Sustainable Development. However, the CRDS started to function in 2012 only. The CRDS as a Research Centre is dedicated to conduct research and provide community support services with a focus in sustainable management of natural resources and sustainable development. The CRDS management is currently supported by an Research Officer. Including the DRIL and the Coordinator of the Research Centre, all faculty members of the College comprises the bulk of the researchers of the centre. Therefore, the Research Centre basically relies on the interdisciplinary strength of the faculty members of the College. The overall management of the CRDS is oversighted by the President, the Head of the College.
 
Besides conducting research, the CRDS also aims to provide a decentralised and flexible training avenue for mid-level professionals, novice practitioners, farmers, and youths among others. It offers trainings and conducts research in wildlife conservation, climate change, ecotourism, identification of plants and animal, and use of Statistical and GIS tools for research. Recently, the Research Centre has expanded its wing in providing consultancy services, short-term trainings, and entrepreneurship programme. It has an Entrepreneurship Incubation Cell where potential entrepreneurs go through a process of developing and testing a successful farm business.
The faculty members of the College are encouraged to collaborate with researchers from within and outside the country by winning collaborative projects to develop research capacity and conduct quality research. In the process of fulfilling its Vision and Mission, the CRDS develops and signs Agreement and Memorandum of Understating with its collaborating institutions. These agreements facilitate in inviting seasoned researchers and collaborators from outside the country to develop research capacity of the CRDS. All types of international liaising services of the College are supported by the CRDS through the Liaison Officer, currently the Research Officer.
 
Vision
The CRDS aspires to be a Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Rural Development and Natural Resources Management
 
Mission
The mission of CRDS is to contribute to nation building by: 
Making available high quality research and professional services to inform policy and decision making on Agriculture, Sustainable Natural Resources management, Environmental conservation, and Sustainable Rural Development.
Generating innovative and appropriate farming methods and technologies to improve productivity, enhancement of food security, self-sufficiency and improvement of the rural livelihoods.
Building capacity by providing training in Agriculture, Natural Resource management, Environmental conservation, Climate science, and Sustainable Rural Development.
Engaging with the disadvantage section of the local population to improve their livelihood.
 
Mandates of the CRDS: 
Lead development of research agendas for the CNR,
Support the sourcing of research funding to implement research ,
Promote relevant interdisciplinary research on rural development,
Promote the publication of high quality relevant research findings,
Assist in building collaborative research networks between interested parties both within Bhutan (e.g. Colleges of RUB, research institutes) and externally (e.g. external universities and research centres),
Liaise and maintain contact with key actors, centres and agencies working in the rural sector in Bhutan,
Facilitate and support debate through lectures, seminars, workshops etc. on Bhutan’s rural development agenda and rural policy in general,
Establish a resource centre on rural development that draws on comparative and relevant research and theory on rural development as well as in mountain economy,
Provide professional and training services to different stakeholders, and
Organize community services of the CNR.
 
 
Contact us at:
Mr. Lobzang Penjor
Research / Liaison Officer
Centre for Rural Development Studies (CRDS)
Lobesa, Punakha Bhutan
Phone: 00975 2 376250 (office)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://www.cnr.edu.bt/
 
2013 © College of Natural Resources.
Royal University of Bhutan: Lobesa
PABX 975-2-376249 Fax No. 00975-2-376254; For information contact International Liaison Officer at Email: loppssn@gmail.com