The prestigious Nehru Wangchuck Scholarship Scheme (NWSS) was initiated in 2009 with the signing of an MoU between Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and the Government of India (GoI) for an initial period of five years. The primary objective of the scheme was to provide opportunities for Bhutanese nationals to undertake postgraduate studies in select premier Indian Institutions.
The courses covered under this scheme are postgraduate degrees or diplomas with priority accorded to professional studies. The NWSS is an all expenses paid scholarship including tuition fees, living expenses/stipend, travel cost, books/stationery and boarding/lodging. The Scholarship is awarded by Government of India on the advice of Royal Civil Service Commission, RGoB, following an objective selection process.
During the first phase of this scheme, i.e. w.e.f. 2009-2014 a total of 38 Bhutanese nationals availed of this scholarship. The MoU was renewed for a further period of five (5) years with effect from June 2014. For the academic year 2014-15, twenty (20) Bhutanese nationals were selected under this scheme.
During his visit to Bhutan in June 2014, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India announced doubling of the scholarship fund for this scheme from Rs. 10 Million to Rs. 20 Million per annum.
In order to make the Nehru Wangchuck Scholarship Scheme more prestigious and to attract the best talent from Bhutan the monthly stipend has been increased from Rs. 25,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- from the academic session 2015-16 .
In 2015-16 the eight selected candidates were placed in reputed Institutes/Universities of India such as IIT Gandhinagar, VIT Vellore, Symbiosis International University Pune, University of Madras Chennai, O.P. Jindal Global University Delhi , etc.
For the current academic year 2016-17, eight bright Bhutanese nationals have been selected and placed in some of the premier Institutes /Universities of India such as Symbiosis International University, Pune, Vellore Institute of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Chandigarh University, Punjab, etc.
Since its inception in 2010, 74 Bhutanese candidates have been awarded the Nehru-Wangchuck Scholarship.