The first ‘Joint Inter-College Forum for BBA and BCom Common Module Programme’ meeting was hosted by Gedu College of Business Studies (GCBS) on July 15 and 16, 2021. The two-day meeting Chaired by the Dean of Academic Affairs, GCBS has in attendance a total of 15 members from Royal Thimphu College, Norbuling Rigter College, and Gedu College of Business Studies.
In her opening address, the President, GCBS, Dr. Sonam Choiden reminded the gathering on the Royal Kasho and directed them to chart out transformational plans and policies keeping in mind the Royal Edict. The President also stressed the Vice Chancellor’s directives on strengthening the quality of programmes, staff, and students. She asserted, “The business programmes (BBA and BCom) must produce responsible citizens who possess entrepreneurial mindsets and are financially literate. They must be job creators with skills, attitudes, and knowledge required to initiate private sector development activities, not job seekers.”
Dr. Shiva Bhattarai, Dean, RTC, then addressed the gathering via Zoom on the inception and development of the Common Fora. “This common forum was proposed to address the perception of disparities in assessments among students of different colleges offering common programmes. In addition, it is also intended to emphasise the development of a common standard of teaching, learning, and assessments, including learning good practices across the Colleges.”, remarked Dr. Bhattarai.
In the meeting, participants deliberated on the Terms of Reference for common fora, shared good teaching-learning practices across the colleges and discussed on the proposals submitted for minor and major changes required for BCom and BBA modules. The gathering also discussed and delegated roles and responsibilities to faculty members to initiate the upcoming programme reviews and development of breadth modules for the 4-year degree programmes.
Before the meeting ended, the members delegated responsibilities for the development of tracer study instruments.