Bhutan has now inaugurated second university in the country. While there has been challenges being faced by one university, having one more would add trouble to the state machinery.
Royal Institute of Health Sciences, National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Reldri Academy of Health Sciences and Postgraduate Medical Education Centre joined hands to build their own university.
The new university inaugurated by Queen Petsum Pema is named after the current king – Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan.
The University is an autonomous university mandated with the conduct of education and training programme in medical and health sciences.
After the merge, Royal Institute of Health Sciences has been renamed as Faculty of Nursing and Public Health while National Institute of Traditional Medicine has been renamed as Faculty of Traditional Medicine.
Initially named as University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, this university is supported, technically, by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Government of India extended Rs 250 million towards the establishment of this university.