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Nehru Wangchuck Scholarship Scheme
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The prestigious Nehru Wangchuck Scholarship Scheme (NWSS) was initiated in 19th June, 2009 with the signing of a MoU between Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and the Government of India (GoI) for an initial period of five years. The primary objective of the scheme was to provide opportunities for Bhutanese nationals to undertake postgraduate studies in select premier Indian Institutions.

The courses covered under this scheme are postgraduate degrees with priority accorded to professional studies. The NWSS is an all expenses paid scholarship including tuition fees, living expenses/stipend, travel cost, books/stationery and boarding/lodging. The Scholarship is awarded by Government of India on the advice of Royal Civil Service Commission, RGoB, following an objective selection process.

During the first phase of this scheme, i.e. w.e.f. 2009-2014 a total of 59 Bhutanese nationals availed of this scholarship. The MoU was renewed for a further period of five (5) years with effect from June 2014. With the renewal of MoU for another five years from June 2014, the second phase of the NWS commenced. For phase 2 from 2015-2019, 40 Bhutanese nationals were selected under this scheme.

During his visit to Bhutan in June 2014, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India announced doubling of the scholarship fund for this scheme from Rs. 10 Million to Rs. 20 Million per annum. The increased amount of funding is available to RGoB with effect from the academic year 2015-16.

In order to make the Nehru Wangchuck Scholarship Scheme more prestigious and to attract the best talent from Bhutan, the monthly stipend has been increased from Rs. 25,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- from the academic session 2015-16.

In 2018-19 the eight selected candidates were placed in reputed Institutes/Universities of India such as VIT University, Vellore, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Hospitality and Tourism Management at Chandigarh University, IIT Roorkee, Amity University (Delhi), etc.

Since its inception in 2010, around 99 Bhutanese candidates have been awarded the Nehru-Wangchuck Scholarship. 

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