Bank of Bhutan seeks to partner with AIT

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The Bank of Bhutan, which is the largest and oldest bank in Bhutan, is exploring ways to partner with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) for upgrading the skills of its employees. This was the sentiment expressed by Karma Tshering, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the bank during a visit to AIT on January 28.

Karma, who was accompanied by Tshering Namgyal, Head of Human Resources, said they were interested in training for both junior as well as mid career staff at the Bank. “By the end of next month, all our bank branches would be computerized and we will be implementing core banking solutions,” a statement issued by the AIT quoted Karma as saying. This requires that our staff should upgrade their skills and we look towards AIT in this regard, he added.

(From L to R) Karma Tshering, Prof. Said Irandoust and Prof. Joydeep Dutta discuss probable partnership in Thailand/Courtesy : AIT

President of AIT, Prof. Said Irandoust, while interacting with the delegation from the Bank of Bhutan revealed that the Government of Bhutan is keen to engage with AIT and they have already communicated their desire to AIT. Prof. Joydeep Dutta, Vice President for Academic Affairs, suggested that apart from AIT’s School of Management (SOM), AIT Consulting and AIT Extension could offer short term courses to Bank officials.

He also requested the delegation to partnership AIT’s Habitech Center which offers unique housing solutions, added the statement.

Dr. Pritam Krishna Shrestha, Head of External Relations and Communications Office floated the possibility of the Bank providing educational loans to students who wish to study at AIT.