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Declaration of Award Winners of National Essay Contest 2021

Theme: “Our common future in a changing world”

7th May 2021, Thimphu: Coinciding with the celebration of the 9th Anniversary of Thimphu TechPark on 7th May 2021, Thimphu TechPark declared the award winners for the first National Essay Contest on the theme “Our common future in a changing world”. The essay contest was organized to pay our respects to our beloved king on the occasion of his 41st Birth Anniverasay, and the contest was announced on His Majesty’s birthday on 21st February 2021.

The declaration was streamed live on Thimphu TechPark’s Facebook page since external guests could not be invited to the event given the COVID situation.

The objective of the essay contest was to raise awareness on His Majesty’s vision for the future of Bhutan based on the number of His addresses in which he has repeatedly emphasized the importance of leveraging the power of technologies as we forge our way into the future, and make people reflect on how we can contribute to towards this vision.  “The world is changing rapidly. We cannot afford to avoid what we don’t yet understand and hope for the best. Such an attitude will cost us our national objective of self-reliance.” His Majesty has said.

The participants were asked to submit original essays under the following three categories with specific themes:

Category Specific themes for different categories
General Public Your vision for Bhutan 25 years hence
College Students Bhutan in the age of technology – with special reference to His Majesty’s emphasis on leveraging technologies in His address at the 14th Convocation of the Royal University of Bhutan on 24th May 2019.
Students of class 12 and below Driven by technologies, the world is changing very fast. What kind of future do you foresee for your generation?

Results:

The contest received a total of 318 participants; 173 in the school category, 68 in the college category, and 77 in the General category.

After receiving all the essays, the names of the applicants were erased and each essay was assigned a unique index number to ensure that the jury was unaware of the author to avoid any possible bias. Each entry was evaluated anonymously by using a standard evaluation process and score-sheet. A team of both External and Internal evaluators from diverse backgrounds were involved to ensure objectivity and diversity in the evaluation.

Each submission was assessed by the panel members who shortlisted top 10 essays for each category. The top 10 essays were then further reviewed and assessed by another group of judges to ultimately finalize the best three winners in each category ensuring fairness and objectivity.

“We are satisfied that the contest was successful in harnessing the energy, creativity, and initiative of our participants to think about the future and promote the consciousness on technology, digitization, and IT Services”, said Ms Jetsuen Pema Leksem, coordinator of the essay contest from TTPL.

Top three winners of each category was announced on 7th May, coinciding with the 9th Foundation Day of Thimphu TechPark.

The list below highlights the recipients of the awards. The grand prizes for each category is a smart phone worth up to about Nu. 50,000, while the second and third prize winners of each category will take home cash prizes. All the prizes were sponsored by the FDI companies (ScanCafe Pvt. Ltd., SELISE Bhutan Pvt. Ltd., TIJ-Tech Pvt. Ltd. and iMerit Technologies) located at Thimphu TechPark and Bhutan Telecom. The top 10 in each category including the prize winners will receive certificates of recognition.

Going forward, all the essays will be put online at bhutan2045.wordpress.com with authors’ permission for the general public to read. Thimphu TechPark is also in talks with UNDP to take this initiative further to collaborate on exercises for envisioning our future.

General Category:

Name Position Topic
Jurmi Chhowing Grand Prize Winner Take Me Home, Country Roads: (Imagining Bhutan 25 Years Hence)
Rinchen Dorji First runners up The spring of 2046
Tenzin Yonten Second runners up Bhutan – Navigating the 21st Century

College Category:

Name College Position Topic
Sonam Yangchen Jigme Singye Wanghcuk School of Law Grand prize Bhutan, a SMART Nation in the age of technology
Tashi Wangmo CNR First runners up Middle Way Mindset Towards Technology
Jigme Namgyal Jigme Singye Wanghcuk School of Law Second runners up The End of the Beginning

School Category winners:

Name School Position Topic
Namgay Dorji Rinchen Pelkhil HSS Grand Prize Winner The kind of future I foresee for my generation.
Khamsum Wangchuk The Royal Academy, Paro First Runners Up The Future: What seemed distant is now at our doorstep
Tshering Chuki Dorji Lungtenzampa Middle Secondary School Second Runners Up The Future I See for My Generation

For more information, you may kindly view the live video of the prize declaration la: https://www.facebook.com/ThimphuTechParkLtd/videos/981983409207398

Contact details for additional information:

Ms Jetsuen Pema Leksem, Coordinator of essay contest. Phone No. 77369295

Dr Tshering Cigay, CEO, TTPL: 17113037

Launch of the ‘Centre of Excellence for Software Engineering’ at TTPL on 21st February 2020 in Dedication to the 40th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King

21st February, 2020, Thimphu: Thimphu TechPark Ltd., a 100% DHI Owned Company, launches the ‘Centre of Excellence for Software Engineering’ at 2 pm on 21st February, 2020 in dedication to the 40th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King. The Centre of Excellence for Software Engineering is being launched in line with His Majesty’s vision of using technologies to solve our problems and preparing Bhutan for the future that is increasingly driven by disruptive emerging technologies.

The process of transforming TTPL into an IT Services company was initiated in 2019 in line with His Majesty’s vision and the DHI Roadmap 2030. “His Majesty’s clear articulation of the need for our country to prepare for a future driven by technologies has given our plan to transform TTPL into an IT company the much needed impetus and focus”, says Dasho Ugen Chewang, Chairman, DHI. “I pray that the small seed that we are sowing today in the form of the ‘CoE for Software Engineering’ should bloom into success and help our country propel forward in a future driven by technologies for generations to come,” adds Dasho.

The Centre of Excellence will be within the IT Services Department of TTPL which is manned by 25 professionals who are competent in developing ERP software and providing maintenance support for SAP ERP system. TTPL is going to recruit around 20 additional developers and business analysts soon as the Government has decided to outsource two big software development projects to DHI and DHI in turn has tasked TTPL to undertake the projects. The two projects are Bhutan Integrated Taxation System and Health Information System. The two systems are expected to revolutionize the automation of taxation system and healthcare system in Bhutan and bring about multiple benefits to the people of Bhutan besides cost savings achieved through automation of some of the manual processes. The professional team of software engineers and business analysts will also undertake other projects besides the above projects.

TTPL will undertake the BITS and HIS projects by involving international partners and experts, but will ensure that knowledge transfer takes place and local capacity is built. “In the past, such kind of big software projects were normally outsourced to foreign IT firms, but the problem with that was that it did not help in building capacity within Bhutan and it was also very difficult to get effective maintenance support after the systems were delivered because the firms were located outside Bhutan. Both these problems are expected to be solved by engaging TTPL in these big projects”, said Mr Jigme Tenzing, Director, Department of IT & Telecom. In addition, one of the objectives of the Centre of Excellence for Software Engineering is to build capacity within Bhutan to export our services to other countries because the domestic market is limited.

Contact persons:

Dr Tshering Cigay Dorji, CEO, TTPL. Ph. 17113037 Email: tcd@thimphutechpark.bt

Mr. Karpo Tshering, Sr. Manager, DHI. Ph. 17631696 Email: karpotshering@dhi.bt

Thimphu TechPark Crosses the 700-people Direct Employment Target

24th February, 2016, Thimphu: Thimphu TechPark Ltd., the developer and owner of Thimphu TechPark, the first IT Park of Bhutan, is pleased to announce that the IT Park has crossed the direct employment target of 700 people this month. As of today, there are 717 Bhutanese, mostly youths, working at the IT Park. We consider this very auspicious as we have reached this milestone in the same month as the Royal birth of His Royal Highness our beloved Gyalsey and His Majesty’s 36th Birthday.

This has been made possible because of the support received from many quarters, especially from the stakeholders like the Department of IT and Telecom and the Ministry of Information and Communications, our shareholders Druk Holding & Investments and Bhutan Telecom Ltd., the World Bank, and last but not the least, the
Royal Government of Bhutan.

We believe that the first IT Park reaching this milestone has clearly shown that the IT and IT Enabled Services industry hold a huge potential for helping Bhutan meet the dual challenges of youth unemployment and trade deficit which reached Nu. 32.8 Billion last year.

The first IT Park of Bhutan was developed under a DBFOOT (Design, Build, Finance, Own, Operate, Transfer) Public Private Partnership model with funding support from the World Bank. The build phase was completed on 30 April 2012, and the operations phase started from May 2012. Initially, 74% of the shares of Thimphu TechPark Pvt. Ltd. was owned by a foreign company based in Singapore, Assetz Property Group (APG) and DHI owned the remaining 26%. In October 2014, APG transferred all of its shares to DHI and the name of the company was changed to Thimphu TechPark Ltd. Today, DHI holds 51% of the shares and Bhutan Telecom holds the remaining 49% of the shares in the company.

Tshering Cigay Dorji,
Chief Executive Officer,
Thimphu TechPark.
Phone: 17113037.

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