A veteran educationist to contest for NC from P/G

Tashi Wangmo

A veteran educationist, Sonam Tobgay, is the newest face to unveil his desire to vie for a seat in National Council (NC) from Pemagatshel in the upcoming elections.

The 53 year-old former lecturer of Sherubtse College said that the drive to serve Tsa-Wa-Sum is at the brim of his desires and boiling within him evermore.

Recalling what Dasho Sonam Kinga, the Chairperson of NC, said during one of the DawaiKudreon sessions, he said; “Dasho said that the dynamism of the institution is certainly fuelled by the youthfulness and the freshness of the people in it and certainly the NC will have its resource at its disposal. While I do not claim to be young and having the ability to provide youthfulness, but I do think that I have the aptitude to provide freshness and new perspectives to this apolitical institution entrusted with sacred mandates.”

He mentioned that he does have a few other career options, both within and outside Bhutan, but he chooses to contest in NC elections in 2018. “If I get elected, it will provide me both the privilege and the opportunity to serve His Majesty The King, the people and the nation,” said Sonam Tobgay.

He holds PhD certificate from University of Queensland, Australia. His doctoral thesis was nominated for the University Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award. He completed his Masters’ course in Commerce from Delhi University, India.

But more than his academic achievements, he banks on his professional experience. He worked as a lecturer in Sherubtse College for many years.

“I have had privilege to teach and train many young minds who, today, are working in various institutions and contributing to the nation building. More than chiselling their characters and teaching them, I learned many things from my students. I think I am a better person today because of them,” he said.

He also had worked as the Senior Finance Officer at Chhkha Hydro Power Corporation Limited, Investment Officer at National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF), and General Manager at Bhutan Board of Products Limited (BBPL). Prior to migrating to Australia to teach in King’s Institute of Management & Technology, he worked as the Deputy Managing Director at Bhutan Post.

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