To meet
the expectation of preserving and promoting Bhutanese language and culture at
the College of Language & Culture Studies, a Centre for History and
was established in 2011. The centre was mandated to carry out
research on features and events related to the history and culture in Bhutan.
The major
initiative of the centre
was building the data base of Bhutan Cultural Atlas. The Bhutan
Cultural Atlas is a project supported by CNRS, UNESCO, and has completed
documenting historical temples, sacred sites, and other unique cultures of
communities in the
 three central districts of Bumthang,
, and Zhemgang.

the centre’s name was changed to Bhutan and Himalayan Research Center (BHRC)
to extend scholarship beyond Bhutan and include Himalaya to it in 2017 with
it’s new aims and objectives. 
aiming to create an interdisciplinary network of research, teaching, and
networking on Bhutan and the Himalayas.

College of Language and Culture Studies
has unique research strengths in the study of Bhutan and Himalayas due to the
diverse courses that we offer which circles around the Bhutan and Himalayan
studies. Today we offer courses related to
Culture, History, Religion, Buddhism, Philosophy, Anthropology,
Linguistics, Sociology, Art and Music.

We invite guest speakers for
lecturers on Bhutan and Himalayan culture, Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy,
Buddhist art and iconography, Bhutan and Himalayan history and politics. We conduct
and student seminars and host visiting scholars. Besides
BHRC is also dedicated to document Bhutan’s culture and traditions that are
losing with the change of time. To do so BHRC in collaboration with Centre of
Buddhist Studies and the research department of the college is in process to
rebuild our audio-visual unit to document data properly in audio, visual and
written forms.

rich cultural heritage stands out uniquely in the world today and reflects the
rich customs, traditions and social values of the people. BHRC attempts to make
CLCS the best resource centre not only in Bhutanese History and Culture but also
Himalayan Studies. 


  • To built an interdisciplinary network of research, teaching, and networking on Bhutan and Himalayas
  • Document Bhutan’s unique culture and traditions that are losing with time.
  • Facilitate and foster collaborative research with universities and institutions both nationally and internationally.
  • Document and publish research products.
  • Serve as the premier point of reference on Bhutan and Himalayan Studies.

·           Local Scholars Seminar, 2014

·           Colloquium on Love, Death and Spirituality, 17-11-2017

·           GNH Presentation by Honors students, 20-11-2017

·           Training on Research Proposal Writing and Postgraduate Thesis Supervision, 23-11-2017 to 25-11-2017

·           Lecture on “Translating Buddhist Advice on Meditation Across Languages and Culture, 14th February, 2018

·           Research and Pedagogy workshop, 19/02/2018 to 20/02/2018

·           Research Training on the Use of SPSS, 4/10/2018 to 6/10/2018

·           Training on Qualitative Data Analysis and Report Writing, 01/11/2018 to 03/11/2018

·           Meeting on Bhutanese etiquette (སྒྲིག་ལམ་རྣམ་གཞག་གི་གྲོས་བསྡུར་ཞལ་འཛོམས) 7/10/2018 to 7/10/2018

·           Meeting with SPSS Training Participants, 10/11/2018


·           Workshop on Blended Learning and Action Research, 19/09/2019 to 21/09/2019

·           Research Journal: Special Issue in commemoration of 50 years working to preserve Bhutanese Culture

·           Bstan rtsi pad dkar chun po, author: Lopen Samten 2016

·           Mchod rdzas kyi rnam bshad dangs shel nor bu’I sgron me, Lop Kelzang Dorji, 2015

·           Rigzhung Research Journal, Issue 2, 2015

·           Shezoed: Rigzhung Research Journal, Issue 3, 2015

·           Shezoed: Rigzhung Research Journal, Issue 4, 2015

·           Snyan ngag mngon brjod kyi gzhung dang ’drel ba’I rig byed kyi gtam rgyud rna ba’i bu ram, Lop Chorten Tshering, 2016

The International Journal of Bhutan & Himalayan Research (IJBHR) is an annual journal published by BHRC. IJBHR is expected to advance research and scholarship in fields of culture, religion, literature and other humanities relevant to Bhutan and Himalaya. It is expected to publish a wide range of papers in English and Dzongkha including theoretical or empirical research, perspectives, conference reports and book reviews which can contribute to developing scholarship in Bhutan and Himalayan studies. The journal aspires to publish quality papers and would follow a system of peer review. It’s primary, but not exclusive, audience will include scholars, academicians, policymakers, graduate students, and others interested in research and scholarship in the field of Bhutan and Himalayan studies.


Dr. Holly Gayley
University of Colorado Boulder, USA


Sonam Nyenda and Tshering Om Tamang BHRC, CLCS, RUB


Ngawang Jamtsho
Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages, CLCS


Anden Drolet and Holly Gayley University of Colorado Boulder, USA


Lopen Dorji Gyeltshen
College of Language and Culture Studies


Dr. Karma Phuntsho Founder, Loden Foundation

Dr. Ariana Maki
University of Vargina, USA

Dr. Sara Shneidermann
Unversity of Columbia, Canada

Rupak Shrestha
University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Dr. Kalzang Dorjee Bhutia
, University of Alabama, USA
Dr. Amy Holmes Tagchungdarpa
, Oxy Occidental College, USA

Dr. Holly Gayley
University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Tenzin Dickyi
Office of Tibet, NYC, USA 


Dean of research & industrial linkages







Asst. Research officer