Dean of Academic Affairs

Name: Dr. Tulsi Gurung
Phone/Fax:(Office)  +975 2 376251, Mobile – 17360100

Brief Background:

Associate Professor Dr. Tulsi Gurung is the Dean of Academic Affairs since May 2019. She completed her B.Sc. in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture, Pantnagar, India in 1994 and joined the then Natural Resources Training Institute (NRTI) in 1995. Since then she never looked back and is one of the senior faculty members in the department of Agriculture.  She graduated with a Master in Horticulture from the University of Reading, UK, and PhD in Agriculture from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. 

She has been involved in developing curriculum for various programmes related to agriculture and is mainly involved in teaching horticulture crop production, medicinal and aromatic plants, postharvest technology, landscape and ornamental horticulture, climate smart agriculture and sustainable crop production and sustainable agriculture practices. 

Dr. Tulsi Gurung is actively involved in research and collaborative works with national and international organisations and Universities. She believes that for effective teaching and learning, research experience and international exposure is very important, therefore supports the academics in the college in exploring such opportunities to advance their career. She has been fortunate enough to get such opportunities that has truly broadened her outlook and desires the same for her staff members so that the vision of the College of Natural Resources (CNR) to be internationally recognised learning center is achieved. She believes in team work for the success of CNR.

Her research interests are diverse however mostly inclined towards sustainable agriculture and agrobiodiversity conservation. She is involved in adaptation and resilience building to climate change research projects, climate smart agriculture practices, assessing agriculture sustainability and women in household decision making in Bhutan, etc. 

Dean of Student Affairs

Name: Mr. Ugyen Dorji(Lecturer)
Phone/Fax: (Office) +975 2 376252, Mobile – +975-17943865

Brief Background:

Mr. Ugyen Dorji is a Lecturer under the Department of Forest Science in the College of Natural Resources. His field of teaching and research is in Freshwater Ecology. He teaches Integrated Watershed Management, Geographic Information Systems, Water Resources Management and Research Methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the University. He has a Masters Degree in Forestry and Bachelors Degree in Life Sciences. Prior to becoming the Dean, he served as the Programme Leader for HDR Master programme in the College. He is also a member of National Water Resources Management Technical Expert Group in Bhutan and founding member of Water Research Bhutan.


Aquatic Biodiversity of Bhutan (2017) and Water Resources Management (2021) are two of many contributions to the freshwater scientific community in Bhutan. He has carried out numerous research projects and consultancies on assessment of the freshwater health and dynamics, diversity of aquatic organisms and water quality in different rivers in the country. In terms of skills and interests, he has organized and facilitated more than 40 short courses on topics ranging from natural resources management to statistical analysis (SPSS, R and SAS programs, GIS, GPS and remote sensing) and leadership to communication skills. He is particularly fond of R software and he has also been training both national and international participants on how to analyze ecological data with R.


Aside from inclining the students to focus on their academic credentials, his main concerns are to infuse and coerce skills and knowledge in our youths to cope with ever changing and challenging times. His vision to the college is to lead, inspire, engage and empower the students towards realization of their fullest potential.

Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages

Name: Dr. Sonam Tashi
Phone/Fax:(Office) + 975 2 376250, Mobile: 17768276
Brief Background:

Dr. Sonam Tashi, Assoc. Professor, currently serves as the Dean of Industrial Linkages. He also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at the College. 


Dr. Tashi, completed his BSc in Horticulture from the University of Philippines at Los Baños, Master’s in Agriculture from the University of Melbourne, Australia and PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany. Both his Master and PhD was in Organic Agriculture.  


Prior to joining the College of Natural Resources in 2008, Dr. Tashi worked as the Deputy Chief of Horticulture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. He also served as the General Manager at Druk Seed Corporation and Asst. Research Officer in Renewal Natural Resource Research Centre, Jakar. 


Dr. Tashi also serves as an editor of the International Journal of Environment and Bhutan Journal of Natural Resources Development. He is also an Assoc. editor of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research and Research Ambassador of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He is an Executive Member in Towards Organic Asia for Mekong Region and Bhutan. 


Dr. Tashi is specialized in organic agriculture and is also interested in medicinal and aromatic plants and sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture. 

Dr. Tashi is also a recipient of the Gold Medal for Excellence (2012).