All eyes were on Chimi Dorji from Bhutan who swept the prestigious gold medal in corporate law as “Best Male Student in Corporate Law” at the 10th annual convocation organized by the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR University of Law), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India organized on 2 September where the graduating batch of 2012 received their degrees and medals in the presence of distinct legal luminaries.
Corporate law is said to be the most sought after certificate by Indian and international students. “Of all law subjects most of my Indian class mates were mostly interested in corporate law as after graduation they all wanted to join corporate firms. So while I am proud to win a medal and make others proud, I am equally very much sure that I might have depressed some of them,” Chimi said.
Chimi Dorji secured second position in 2006 BHSEC examination from commerce category scoring 99 marks in accountancy.
The chief guest at the convocation, Union Minister of Power & Corporate Affairs, India, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily awarded the gold medal.
Chimi Dorji hails from Dungmanma, under Wamrong Dungkhag, Trashigang and did his primary and secondary education in eastern Bhutan with Lumang Primary School (1992-2000), Wamrong Middle Secondary School (2001-2004) and Jigme Sherubling Higher Secondary School (2005-2006).
He graduated with B.A. LL.B (Hons.) from NALSAR University of Law.
Chimi said he wished to sincerely dedicate his success to his parents, teachers, government, and seniors. “Being the number one law university, forget about winning a medal but passing all 50 course without repeating even once hasn’t been easy,” he added.
NALSAR University of Law, an institution of national prominence in the field of legal education and research, is a residential University established in 1998 with a primary mission “to create a generation of able, competent and humane lawyers who will not only enter the Bar and Bench but will also be equipped to address effectively the imperatives of the new millennium and to engage in community services.”
NALSAR University of Law is considered to be among the top law universities out of the 900 law colleges in India.
The chief justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, was also conferred a Honorary Doctorate in Law by the same university during a NALSAR convocation ceremony on July 2007 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to law and jurisprudence.
Till date, 30 Bhutanese students including 4 Drangpons in LLM have graduated from NALSAR University. Chimi Dorji is the first Bhutanese student to secure a medal at NALSAR out of some 74 students in his batch.
“I proudly congratulate Mr. Chimi Dorji for his tremendous achievement. He won a Gold Medal in Corporate Law. He is the first ever Bhutanese to win a Gold Medal. This makes it so special to all of us,” blogged Langa Tenzin who is currently pursuing law at the same university.
The university had 13 Bhutanese students in total during the academic year 2011-2012.
Chimi Dorji currently works as a temporary advocate with UD and Partners, one of the firms involved in drafting the new Companies Act of Bhutan 2013.
Chimi has been awarded an audience with the education minister Thakur Singh Powdyel, which is scheduled for today.
“If I get through the RCSC exams, I will be doing PGDL course at RIM,” he said.
“Lastly, I would say, that is a dream that i never dreamed of as i never wanted to go to school when i started my schooling. Just to convince me to go to school, my father would have wasted so many sticks unnecessarily. Had I been interested to go to school, my father would not have wasted those sticks and by now in 20 years those sticks would have grown to very useful timber but today I realize it was worth wasting those sticks, without which I would not have been to this stage,” he said.