An undergraduate Bhutanese student in Maejo University, Chiang Mai, Thailand bagged the medal of academic honors award for the year 2011-2012.
Nima Norbu, 31 an Animal Science student who majors in dairy-beef production in the Northern Thailand university topped the rank among 30 international students which included four Bhutanese.
With his grand average point (GPA) of 3.54 out of 4, Nima Norbu was conferred the Academic Excellence Award on June 28 by the president of the university, commemorating Teacher’s day in Thailand.
The 2004 Lobesa College of Natural Resources (CNR) graduate, is also a proficiency award winner from his college having stood first from his batch, during a three-year diploma course.
Nima Norbu is an orphan and his primary education till tenth standard was sponsored by the National Women Association of Bhutan.
He enrolled for the undergraduate course in June last year on his own expense. His course is slated to complete by 2014.
In an email interview, Nima Norbu said he availed a consumer loan from the Bank of Bhutan to pursue the course. “Upgrade has become very necessary with Position Classification system,” he said.
Prior to enrolment in the university, he served for seven years as a Livestock Extension Officer in the various remote gewogs of Lokchina, Dungna and Darla, all under Chhukha.
The university has international students from China, the Philippines, Japan, Nepal and Vietnam who pursue undergraduate as well as masters’ degree in other faculties. The university also has students from China, Taiwan and Indonesia who pursue internship programs under the student exchange program.
Nima Norbu said he always believed in hard work and it never betrays. “Receiving such a coveted awards is always encouragement to work hard,” said Nima Norbu.