Samdrup Rigyal, joined the civil service in 1990 having worked in the Ministry of Agriculture until 2000. Since then, he taught agricultural extension and communication at the College of Natural Resources, Lobesa, and worked at the SAARC Agriculture Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 2003 until 2007.

Dr Phanchung took over as the Director General of the Department of Research and External Relations from August 2015. Earlier he worked as the Manager for the Programmes Teaching and Learning under the Department of Academic Affairs from Nov 2012.

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