Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), which was the erstwhile Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic, in Dewathang has launched a new degree program on October 27, in celebration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. An exhibition and a book fair with the theme “Innovation 2015” was also dedicated to the 60th Birth Anniversary.
The college has introduced two new courses, Bachelors in Power Engineering as an upgrade, and Diploma in Material and Procurement Management, in July with 22 students in each of the new courses. The students are taught by fully national faculty. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was also signed between JNEC and College of Engineering in Pune, India on October 27.
The college director, Dr Andu Drukpa said JNEC has plans to introduce more specific degree level applied engineering programs in construction and agriculture related fields.
The college also has plans to upgrade some diploma program to degree level, especially in mechanical engineering and some more courses which are related to Bhutan.
The director said, “There are so many hydro power construction happening and as discussed in the 11th Five-Year Plan, in mission 2020, there are plans for setting up Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and industrial sites in Bhutan.” He added that as knowledge and skill in power engineering will be in demand, the trainees graduating in 2019 will stand a good chance of being employed.
He also said that given the current hydropower construction boom in the country, civil and construction engineers are required and once the project gets commissioned, power engineers, mechanical and instrumental engineers will be in demand.