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As the premier institute for higher learning in Bhutan, the Royal University of Bhutan aims to be the research leader of the Nation, supporting the development of a knowledge society, serving as its critical conscience, and addressing its concerns. University research should lead to the creation and sharing of knowledge that have the potential to promote the well being of the people in the nation and around the world. All possible avenues for translating research into tangible benefits for society shall be pursued, and the knowledge generated shall be widely disseminated to maximize impact on society.


RUB Research Policies is the primary reference regarding research for members of the University (administrators, faculty, staff, and students) as well as affiliates and anyone involved in research with the University, or using University resources. The ZHIB TSHOL was endorsed by the 14th Research and Innovation Committee in October 2013 and approved by the 29th Academic Board which is the primary academic authority of the University responsible for academic affairs, including academic standards, research, scholarship, teaching and programmes at the University. The policies define the official policies, procedures, and structures of the University governing all aspects of research.

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Research Degree Framework

Research at the University occurs within the context of numerous administrative structures serving a variety of purposes such as governance and management, setting and enforcement of standards, ensuring quality, and providing support to researchers. The Research Degree Framework aims to detail the processes of development, implementation, and monitoring of all research based postgraduate study in the University. The Framework defines the roles and responsibilities of administrators, faculty, and students with respect to the official policies, procedures, and structures of the University governing all aspects of research degrees. The Framework incorporates or refers to the Research Policy Handbook and the Wheel of Academic Law to clarify sections relevant to research degrees.

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All research programmes and initiatives at iGNHaS will be carried under the leadership and guidance of the Programme Director (who is also the Director of Research and External Relations, RUB).

IGNHS Secretariat

IGNHS Secretariat will be based at the Office of the Vice Chancellor in Thimphu. IGNHS’s secretarial staff will include the Programme Director, Research Manager, and a Research Communications Officer. The Research Programme Manager shall facilitate the effective implementation of all iGNHaS research programmes and initiatives under the leadership and direction of the Director of Research and External Relations at OVC. The Research Communications Officer will shall facilitate effective coordination of projects activities.


iGNHaS shall have an Advisory Committee who will guide and provide advisory support to the institute in order that it shall pursue it goals and meets its objectives. Owing to the multidisciplinary nature of IGNHS research and its potential to influence development policy and practice, the Advisory Committee shall have members from diverse sections of Bhutanese society such as academia, industry, civil society organizations, and government. The Advisory Committee shall have 9 members with a Chairperson. The Chairperson shall be someone with credible research experience in academia and has knowledge of government policy and good research networks.

Functions of the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee shall:

  • Advise and guide iGNHaS to meet its objectives.
  • Support IGNHS programmes and initiatives and provide directions on critical decisions.
  • Ensure quality assurance of all IGNHS research activities including empirical studies, research events and publications.
  • Provide impetus for it growth and sustainability through innovative ideas and critical networks.
  • Review the Annual Report of iGNHaS and provide advice on future directions and sustainability.


  • Chair:Appointed by the Research and Innovation Committee


  • Three members appointed from the colleges by the Research and Innovation Committee.
  • These members shall be senior faculty with research experience and knowledge of policy.
  • Four external members appointed by the Research and Innovation Committee, one each from government, industry, civil society organization, and NGO.
  • Programme Director
  • Research Manager, who shall be the Member Secretary


The Institute for GNH Studies through its many these initiatives will help to build a systematic body of knowledge on the ten major research themes it considers priorities areas: Happiness Economics: Policy and Practice, GNH and Human Values, Gender, Democracy and Governance, Educational Change, Health and Wellness, Climate and Energy, Culture and Sustainable Communities, Youth and Development, and Social Change. For example, researchers, trainers, policy advocates, elected representatives and others will have access to a specialized library with physical as well as electronic resources on gender, governance, democracy and happiness.

iGNHaS will therefore develop and maintain a compact and a comprehensive library with the core objective of becoming a leading professional research and reference centre in the country. The library will provide a one-stop point for search for information for scholars, researchers, academia, students, and all those seeking authentic information through its extensive bank of information. Accordingly, the library will feature a comprehensive collection of publications under each thematic area. Ultimately, the aim is to have all the research and scholarly publications on Bhutan under each theme to be made available at the library.