Yesterday in Thimphu, three principals were officially appointed as Dungpas of various Dungkhags .
Sonam Dorji, 43, Karma Dhendup, 43, , and Jamyang Cheda, 42 were the three appointees.
Sonam Dorji was the principal of Wangdue Lower Secondary School before being appointed the Dungpa of Sakteng, Trashigang. He is popularly known as “Olympic”.
During Sonam Dorji’s school days, he was considered an all rounder, especially when it came to sports.
He also served as a principal of Gaumey Lower Secondary School (now Yoelselts Middle Secondary School) from 1998 till 2007.
Sonam Dorji joined the teaching profession in 1990 and also served as a top security official at Chukhha.
Two years later, he was appointed as the head master of Daifam Primary School under Samdrup Jongkhar where he served till 2006.
Sonam Dorji has two children and he loves spending his leisure time playing sports and updating himself on current affairs.
“My interest lies in political issues.”
A Manchester United fan, his favorite sportsmen are Rooney and Travis.
Karma Dhendup, principal of Phuentsholing Middle Secondary School, was appointed as the Dungpa of Lingzhi Dungkhag.
Karma Dhendup may come as a colorful character, someone who apart from taking long strolls loves reading and playing archery. His favorite author is Danielle Steel and he idolizes the Indian Southern movie star actor Rajnikanth.
While he likes the way Danielle Steel touches hearts with her novels, he simply loves the way Rajnikanth displays his legendary lopsided grin, all the while turning the pistol and sporting a cigarette between his lips.
Karma Dhendup, a father of five, was a Dzongkhag Education Officer (DEO) in Chukhha for four years prior to his current post. Before that he served as a principal for five years in Zhemgang Higher Secondary School from 2002.
Earlier, he served as a Science teacher in Phuentsholing Junior High School and Motithang Higher Secondary School.
He completed his Class XII from Sherubtse College and then moved on to complete his B.Ed from Samtse, finally completing his Masters in Science from Mahidrol University in Bangkok.
Jamyang Cheda, principal of Damphu Higher Secondary School was appointed as the Dungpa of Wringla at Mongar.
Jamyang, whose favourite pastime comprises reading and meditation is a lover of Bhutanese music.
He enjoys listening to Bedra, Zhungdra, and a little of Rigsar. His current favorite singer is Jampel Yangzom. Jamyang who is a father of two has been the principal in his current school for five years now.
Before that, he was the DEO at Trashiyangtse from 2003 till 2007 and prior to that he was the principal of Bajothang Higher Secondary School at Wangdue from 2002 till 2003.
From 1995 till 1999 he was working as a Math teacher at Punakha Higher Secondary School.
Jamyang passed his XII standard from Sherubste College, did his B.Ed from Samtse and finally completed his Masters in Education from the University of Sydney, Australia.