• Date: Apr 2016

GPPB reaches out to three more tertiary institutes in Bhutan in the month of March, 2016

The Green Public Procurement Bhutan (GPPB) Project considered visibility programme to reach to all the relevant tertiary institutes in the country and sensitize students and faculties about GPP concepts and benefits. In 2015, four tertiary institutes have been covered; Royal Thimphu College (RTC), College of Natural Resources (CNR), Gaeddu College of Business Studies (GCBS) and College of Science and Technology (CST).

Out of five planned visibility programmes among tertiary institutes in 2016, following three institutes has been completed in the month of March. In total, more than 1500 students and faculties of these institutes has been sensitized.

Institute of Language and Cultural Studies (ILCS), Taktse, Trongsa

Mr. Yeshey Penjor, Project Director, GPP/IISD and Mr Tempa Gyeltshen, Senior Researcher from RSPN/GPP presented about GPP to the students and faculties of ILCS. The talk was attended by around 100 people including the College Director, Dean of Student Affairs, Faculties and undergraduate students of Bhutan & Himalayan Studies. GPPB team on request of the College Management also made a presentation on Climate Change. Main focus of the GPP presentation has been on how unmanaged public procurement affects economy, environment and social livelihood in a mountain ecosystem & landlocked country. The CC presentation focus was linking adaptation practices to sustainable public procurement. Questions were raised on how sustainable public procurement can change the mindset of making quick profits quoting the example of high price local vegetables compared to imported vegetables. The Director in concluding remarks highlight that understanding and practice of human value is core to implementing GPP and CC adaptation.

Sherubtse College, Kanglung, Trashigang

Mr. Singye Wangchuk, Project Manager, RIM/GPP and Mr. Jamyang Choda, Researcher from RSPN/GPP presented about GPP to the students and faculties of Sherubtse College. The talk was delivered during the morning assembly. More than 1000 students and around 25 faculties have attended the talk.  Audience comprises students and faculties from diverse background such as social sciences, computer science, arts and humanities, physical and life science. The team also handed over GPP brochures and newsletters to the college library. The main focus of the talk was on how Sherubtse College could integrate GPP principles in their ongoing courses like economics and environmental studies and contribute towards research and development.

Gaeddu College of Business Studies (GCBS), Gaedu, Chukha

Mr. Sangay Dorji, Project Manager, RSPN/GPP and Mr. Damchoe Dorji, Researcher from BCCI/GPP presented about GPP to the students and faculties of GCBS.  Although GCBS has been covered in 2015, upon request from Director General, GPPB considered second round of presentation, considering the relevance and importance to the college. Around 400 people attended the talk which includes Director General, Deans, Program Leader of MBA, Faculties and BBA second year and MBA students.

Director General and Faculties acknowledged that the GPP is very much relevant to their ongoing undergraduate and Master’s courses and assured to integrate GPP in their MBA programme. Gaeddu College is willing to collaborate with GPPB to review their curriculum. College also requested to invite at least two faculties for the upcoming training on Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) and Training of Procurers (TOP).

Two remaining institutes for the GPP visibility programme are  Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation of Environment (UWICE), Bumthang and Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), Dewathang. 



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