It was my very late thought to share about the JNEC here in my blog since I was in the first year but due to time circumstances I was not able to do that instantly, but today, I thought of sharing few things about the JNEC for those who may would like know about the JNEC and for my own information.

Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), formally known as Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic and initially known as the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic, was established in 1972 at the beautiful place called Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar and popularly known as Poly in the region. It is situated at 1000m above the MSL and 18 Km away from the Samdrup Jongkhar in Eastern Bhutan. Although it started with the infrastructures developments since 1972 but the institute started offering the Diploma level programmes in Civil and Electrical Engineering from 22th Feb 1974. The Mechanical Engineering course was introduced in 1988. In early 70s, the institute also offered certificate level course in Surveying and Draughting. However, Civil Draughting and surveying was discontinued from the late 70s and again after more than two decades the Diploma in Surveying was introduced in the year 2014.

The institute been the only Engineering institute responsible for preparing professionally competent middle level Engineers and IT professionals, relevant to the Bhutanese context.

The institute was temporarily shifted to Rinchending in Phuntsholing in the year 2000 due to security reasons in the south eastern part of the country and was operated from there till 2006. In the year 2001, the institute introduced Bachelor’s Degree programmes in Civil and Electrical Engineering. In the subsequent years the institute was renamed as the Royal Bhutan Institute of Technology and as College of Science and Technology from 2006 onward. From the year 2001 till June 2006, the institute offered both Degree as well as Diploma Programmes in engineering at the Rinchending campus.

With the improvement of security situation in the east and owing to the University’s expansion plan of the institute, the Diploma programme was restored in its original campus at Dewathang commencing from Aug 2006. With the introduction of the new Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Power Engineering in 2015, the institute changed its name from Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic to Jigme Namgyel Engineering College on 11th Nov 2015 coinciding with the 60th Birth anniversary of the Great Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, which was a historic moment in the history of the college. To be cont…


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