The College of Language and Culture Studies (CLCS) was established in 1961 by the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who recognized the importance of modern university education along with the preservation of traditional schooling. His Holiness the late DilI amgo Khentse Rinpoche as the first principal of the Lobdra started the institute as a semi-monastic college with a total of 50 students.
The original curriculum was revised to embrace the changing realities through the inclusion of several cultural subjects and upgraded to Rigzhung College in 1989. With the admittance of 43 female students, the college broke its 27-year-old tradition in the same year. In 1997, the college was formally upgraded to the Institute of Language and Culture Studies and a new curriculum was initiated. The development of the three-year bachelor’s program in Language and Culture in 1999 was the first ever-homegrown programme developed and executed in Bhutan without any external assistance.
In 2004, ILCS became the first college to be formally handed over to the Royal University of Bhutan by the Ministry of Education. As a founding member of the Royal University of Bhutan, CLCS remains a premier college today.
Now, situated in Taktse, Trongsa, CLCS continues to hold its tradition of academic excellence and research that is respected nation-wide. The distinction that CLCS holds among other colleges is reflected in the 100% absorption rate of its graduates, the humane quality the students imbibe and their performance in their workplace.