CNR, Lobesa April 22 is Earth Day, 2016: To celebrate 46th year of a movement, Earth Guardians Bhutan (EGB) members, College Faculties, Sustainable Development and Master's in Development Practice students presided by the Director General (DG) of College of Natural Resources planted around 200 trees along the road as a symbol of solidarity with  people around the world  to mark the Earth Day 2016 themed "Trees for the Earth". Three species of trees were planted namely Jacaranda mimisifolia, Cassia fistula and Grevillea robusta inside the campus.
 
The Earth Day was graced by the Director General, Dr. Phub Dorji and the members of Earth Guardians Bhutan.The Director emphasized on importance of the youth-led movement against Climate Change across the globe and congratulated the young generation for taking this sacred duty to heal our Earth. 
 
 
Director General along with few other staff escorted by EGB mentor Dr. Sonam Tashi graced the occasion by planting saplings each. Then participants jubilantly planted the trees along the road which covered approximately 1.8 Kilometers.  Interesting thing about the occasion was that the participants were served fresh fruits (Apples and Banana) instead of other refreshments which have plastic packages. In a way, everything that was connected with Earth Day celebration was focused on honoring the Mother Earth.  The Earth Guardians Bhutan members  will take the full responsibility for  taking care of the saplings.
 
 
 
CNR, Lobesa April 21, 2016: A team from the Department of Research and External Relations (DRER) at the Office of the Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu met with the college faculty to discuss about ‘Policies and Procedure for Research and Relations’ on April 20, 2016. The meeting started with a welcome address by Dr. Phub Dorji, Director General of CNR to the team led by Dr. Phanchung, Director General of the Department, Mrs. Tshering Choden, External Research Officer and Mr. Changa Dorji, Research officer. The objective of the meeting was to review the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and set targets for research, marketing and branding related to the DRER. Discussions were also about the improvement of research activities of the University and their collaboration with external universities. The meeting was concluded with a feedback session by the members on AURG Guideline book. 
 
 
 
 
 
CNR, Lobesa April 15, 2016: A team comprising of senior faculties from Thailand International Cooperatives Agency (TICA) and Khon Kaen University, Thailand visited the College on 14 April 2016. Upon arrival the team met with College Management Team to discuss on the second phase of the TICA project.  
 
 
The Director General, Dr. Phub Dorji, welcomed the team from Thailand. He thanked the TICA for the first phase of the TICA project and said that the first phase of the project has immensely contributed to the human resource capacity development of the college and has given enough confidence to launch many programmes. He said that the second phase of TICA project will also benefit the college in human resource development and laboratory facilities development in the college. The meeting also discussed various collaborative activities to be carried out during the second phase of the project. Some of the key activities of the second phase of TICA project include PhD and MSc programme for faculties, farm development, and visiting professor programme. 
 
 
In the evening, the team visited various facilities in the college while a pot luck dinner was hosted by the staffs of the college. 
 
CNR, Lobesa April 8, 2016: Coinciding with the first day of third month of the Bhutanese calendar, the college conducted its Annual Rimdo (ritual) for 2016  on 8 April 2016. 
The rimdo was presided over by His Eminent Tse-Zimpon with 18 monks from Puna Dewa Chhempoi Phodrang, commonly known as Punakha Dzong. 
Performing Annual Rimdo carries two important reasons; firstly, it is a celebration of the successful completion of past 12 months, without sicknesses and misfortunes. Therefore, it is a thanks giving ritual to the triple gem and local deities. Secondly, from the day of Rimdo, we are taking refuge to the triple gem and local deities, until the time the next annual Rimdo is being conducted. Here, we make wishes and prayers for peace, harmony, happiness and successes another year or so. 
 
 
The annual rimdo is the event of paying homage to Gembo Chamdrel Sum (protective deities viz. Pel Yeshey Gembo, Palden Lhamo and Leki Gembo Jaro Dongchhen) among other local deities.
Annual Rimdo is also an occasion to make food offerings to the god, goddesses and deities and get blessed for wellbeing of all sentient beings.
CNR, Lobesa May 31, 2016: Inter-departmental Debate competition organised by literary and media club on the topic "Six Months Maternity leave is necessary in Bhutan". Out of 24 participants,12 participants were qualified for the final round on 31/03/2016. 
 
Results declared:
  • First Position-  Sustainable Development  (Third year) competing  Against the Motion
  • Second Position- Agriculture (In-service)
  • Third Position- Forestry ( Nested)
  • Best Speaker- Mrs Tashi Lhamo (Ag In-service)
 
      Participants of the Inter-departmental Debate Competition
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