In his two-day state visit to Bhutan in first week of November 2014, President Pranab Mukherjee brought the education sector to the forefront of the vibrant Indo-Bhutan friendship. It was the first visit by an Indian President to the Himalayan kingdom in 26 years.
During his visit, President Mukherjee announced a slew of sops and flagged off the much-awaited education reforms programme. New Delhi has enhanced the value of Indian Ambassador Scholarship Fund from ₹ 1 crore per annum to ₹ 2 crore.
IIM-Ahmedabad signed a MoU with Royal Service Commission of Bhutan for quality training of Bhutanese public servants The Royal University signed two other MoUs with National Innovation Foundation and Hyderabad-based English and Foreign Languages university for enhancing innovation in education and consultancy services in English language, respectively.
The icing on the cake was the school education reforms programme in which India will help 49 select schools expand their capacities.
The joint statement at the end of the visit reaffirmed the “excellent state of bilateral ties”. The two sides have agreed to continue their close coordination and cooperation.