Ms. Sonam Deki is from Thimphu, Bhutan. She holds a B.A. in English with honours from Sherubtse College, a post graduate certificate in Education from the National Institute of Education, Samtse, and a Masters in Social Science with honours from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before joining RTC, she taught literature and language for undergraduate programmes for Delhi University and the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), as well as the post-graduate diploma in English for B.Ed teachers at Sherubtse College. She has management and administrative experience as the head of the English department at Sherubtse. In addition, she has worked on the development of the revised English curriculum for schools and has also taught English at higher secondary schools in Bhutan.
Ms. Vanlallawmkimi is from Mizoram, India. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Loreto College, Darjeeling, and a post-graduate degree in English with a special paper in post-colonial literature from Darjeeling Government College under North Bengal University. She also has a diploma in Communicative English from North Bengal University. Before joining RTC, she worked as a part-time lecturer at Darjeeling Government College and at St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling.
Mr. Sonam Tobgay is from Mongar, Bhutan. He completed his Master’s Degree in Buddhist philosophy from Druk Gangtey Buddhist College. In addition, he studied at the Tibetan University in Utter Pradesh, India, for two years. He taught at Druk Gangtey Buddhist College and was also the principal of Chaskhar Shedra at Mongar. Before joining RTC, he was a freelance Dzongkha writer and has a couple of publications to his credit. In 2008 he was awarded the most prestigious certificate by the Royal Government of Bhutan for promoting Dzongkha. In 2010, he authored a book entitled Samchod Sheyeon, and for this book, he won the best Dzongkha writer award from the Dzongkha Development Commission. He also served a short stint as editor for the Dzongkha news for Business Bhutan, the only business news paper in the country.
Mr. Tshoki Dorji has a Master's Degree in Buddhist Studies and has a working experience of nine years as a Lecturer at Tango Buddhist University in Thimphu.
Karma Tshewang is from Trashigang, Bhutan. He completed his Masters Degree in Buddhist Philosophy from Druk Gangtey Buddhist College. He taught at Bumthang Nunnery College for three years and also served as the Vice Principal during his stay there. He also taught various Buddhist texts and related subjects at Chaskhar Shedra, Mongar, for two years. He served as a Dzongkha teacher at Reldri Higher Secondary School for five years before joining Royal Thimphu College.
Mr. Kinley Tshering holds a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies from Tango Bhuddhist University, Bhutan. Mr. Tshering has worked 9 years in Rinchen Higher Secondary School, followed by 3 years and running at RTC. Mr. Tshering is interested in composing and singing songs and playing various sports.
Prior to joining Royal Thimphu College I served in Shaedra teaching Uma Jugpa, The Commentary on Tsawa Sherab, Choejug and Grammar. After that I served as a Principal at Drolung Sangag Cheoling Monastery (also pouplary called as Meditation Centre) for 3 years teaching mediation. I have also exeprienced working as a teacher at Rinchen Higher Secondry School and taught Grammar, Driglam Namzhag and Poem.
I received 1st Position in Master’s Degree and was awarded the Certifiacte of Appreciation by Trulku Jigme Choedra in the year 2008. I also received 1st position in Bachelor Degree and was awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Dorji Lopen Rinpoche of Zhungdratshang in the year 2006.
I have also successfully completed three and half years of meditation based on the advice of Je Tenzin Dendrup (Je Thizur), the 68th Je Khenpo. In my own free time I love to read and conduct research on culture realted topics. I also love listening to songs such as Boedra and Zhungdra.
Dr. Priyali Ghosh holds a PhD in English from the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K. and a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge. She is also a graduate of the University of Calcutta and the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral work was sponsored by awards from the Graduate School, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, the British Federation of Women Graduates, UK and the Royal Historical Society, UK. At Cambridge, she held a Nehru Centenary and British Chevening Scholarship awarded by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
She takes up her post at Royal Thimphu College after teaching assignments at the University of Leicester, Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent. She has also consulted for and worked with corporate organisations and schools in both India and the UK.
Having lived and worked in many parts of the world, she sees herself primarily as an internationalist. Her postdoctoral research is concerned with the historical and current, global effects of ‘cosmopolitanism’ – or the ability to think, write and feel across cultures. Her teaching interests include creative writing, the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and English for Academic Purposes.
Ms. Dechen Pelden is from Thimphu. She holds a Masters Degree in English and Literature from English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad, India. She has also undergone the Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Samtse College of Education.
Ms. Sangay Choeytshok Wangchuk is a former student of Royal Thimphu College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Environmental Science. She has a Master's Degree in Professional English Media Studies from Assumption University in Thailand.
Ms. Paromita Manna has her origin in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. She holds an Honours Degree in English Literature and acquired her Master’s degree as well in the same from the University of Calcutta. She also bears a Bachelor degree in Education (B.Ed) from the aforesaid university. She carries an experience of teaching at the Undergraduate level in the Department of English for nine years. She even contributed to the NAAC Accreditation process in the previous academic institution as a member of the NAAC Steering Committee. Besides her passion for teaching, she is fond of reading books of different genres, takes much interest in composing poetry and simultaneously is enthusiastic about travelling and portraying the beauty of Nature through her photography.
Ms. Ruma Tamang is from Tsirang, Bhutan. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fergusson college, Pune. In addition, she studied at the University of Pune (currently known as Savitribai Phule Pune University), where she completed her Master of Arts degree in English. She has previously taught at Kelki Higher Secondary School, and worked under the Thai English Development Program at Rinchen Higher Secondary School. She has previously worked at RTC and rejoined this fall semester 2019. She enjoys reading and visiting new places.
Dr. Joseph McClellan is from the United States and holds a BA (2001) in History from the University of Washington. From 2001-2003, he studied Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu before earning his MA (2005), MPhil (2010), and Ph.D. (2013) from Columbia University’s Department of Religion, where he specialized in Tibetan Buddhism and Comparative Philosophy. As an adjunct instructor and teaching fellow at institutions such as NYU, The New School, Hofstra, Northland College and Columbia University, he taught Asian and Western Philosophies, Religious Studies, and Gender Studies before becoming an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in 2016 at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. In 2018, he joined the Pre-Collegiate Programme of Yangon, where he taught World Philosophies and led a reading group in Buddhist literature. In addition to his teaching, he has written on Western and Buddhist philosophy and published translations from French and Tibetan. His primary interests are the history, philosophy, and literature of Buddhism.
Nithil Dennis holds a Degree in Visual Communication, specializing in Photography from Loyola College, Chennai and a Post Graduate Degree in Electronic Media, specializing in Film and television production. He also has a Diploma in Printing Technology. He is a UGC-NET qualified academician with 10 years of teaching experience in various leading educational Institutes, holding important positions and responsibilities. He has worked with leading photographers and filmmakers, which include International Award-winning Environment and wildlife filmmaker and photographer, Mike Pandey. He has directed and filmed two documentaries, which have been screened in International Film festivals. He has produced documentaries for NDTV, a leading news channel in India. Moreover, he has worked in Argentina as a Photo and Video journalist for an English news website based in Buenos Aires. He loves to travel and has a strong sense of identifying photo stories. His research interest is ‘Storytelling through visuals and Representation of ethnographic Communities’. He has a special interest in Visual Anthropology and social documentary. He is currently pursuing his research in the field of Visual Communication.
Dr. Sunil Kumar is from Himachal Pradesh, India. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies from the University of Delhi and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi. His areas of interest include literary criticism and theory, visual culture and aesthetics. He also translates fiction from Hindi to English and has translated and published several short stories by Munshi Premchand. He has taught at the University of Delhi for more than ten years and has also served as an Assistant Language Teacher in the Japanese Government School system for a year before joining Royal Thimphu College.
Dr. Uttara Bisht holds a PhD degree in English Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia. She has completed a certificate course in teaching English as a foreign language from TEFL International Tokyo, Japan and Advanced level course in Gender Studies from WSDC, University of Delhi. She has taught at various colleges in Delhi University for more than 10 years. Her areas of interest are Women’s Studies, Suicide Studies, Children’s Fiction, Literary Theory and Translation Studies. She has translated stories from Hindi into English and is also into writing articles and reviews for Hindi Journals.