Educationist Adhikari receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Adhikari (middle) at the ceremony while receiving Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne (Picture courtesy : Tikaram Adhikari)

In recognition of his contribution to community services, particularly the settlement of Bhutanese refugees in Canada, educationist Tikaram Adhikari has been honored with this year’s prominent Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The Medal stands as a tangible way for Canada to honor her majesty for her service to Canada. At the same time, it will serve to honor contributions and achievements made by Canadians, who represent the full breadth of our society.

The honor is a commemorative medal created in 2011 to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth II.

Who is Tikaram Adhikari?
Educationist Adhikari, who has been residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba of Canada, holds a Masters in Economics from Punjab University, India; Master of Natural Resources Management from University of Manitoba; and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from University of London.

Adhikari (middle) at the ceremony while receiving Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne (Picture courtesy : Tikaram Adhikari)

He has been working as part-time instructor at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg for the last 10 years teaching economics and various international development studies courses including Theories and Methods of Program Planning and Evaluation as part of newly developed Master of Development Practice.

Currently, he works full-time as Career Coach and Facilitator at Manitoba Start assisting new Canadians settle and integrate into Canadian life as he continues teaching at the post-secondary institutions.

His passion is assisting all newcomers including Bhutanese refugees settle in the new homelands, developing cross-cultural understanding among people and promotion of peace and understanding among diverse group of people through peaceful co-existence. Global citizenship, adult education, social justice and promotion of human rights and human values underpin his work in social service provision and development.

He was a Visiting Research Fellow of Asian Scholarship Foundation (funded by Ford Foundation) on youth development policy in the Philippines. He worked as a Consultant on Monitoring and Evaluation of Community-Based Development Program of Aga Khan Foundation, India; Policy Analyst with Manitoba Government, Canada; facilitated development of faculty research funding proposals at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba and worked as consultant on socio-economic projects in Bhutan.

While in Bhutan, he taught Economics and Education courses to undergraduate and graduate student teachers for over nine years at the National Institute of Education, Economics at Yangchenphug High School and worked as Program Officer for Save the Children/USA for three years.

He had co-authored two economics textbooks in Bhutan (1996 & 1998) and that these books were used in the school curricular until last year and also taught economics to King Jigme Khesar when he was in grade 11 and 12.


  1. Kaka Namaskar! We are really excited to hear such good news! Your success and recognition of your hardwork is really a matter of inspiration and motivation to rest of us! Once again congratulations!
    Bhagirath Khatiwada
    Concord, NH USA

  2. It is news of gladness that Tikaram sir found outlet from various forms of SUPPRESSION and OPPRESSION mechanisms at home and continued to serve the causes of planetary citizens. This honour on him greatly dishonours the oppressive rules back home that seek honour by discouraging and trampling the shining professionals as threat to the NATIONAL ORDER.

    We lost so many able citizens due to oppressive mechanisms in place threatening to contain even the consciences in their control. It will be another news of great consolation to hear about another oppressed teacher Nandalal Dhungana missed by his students in the country.

  3. Dear sir
    I hope sir remember us.Pema choden and kusum.You taught us at NIE.We are happy to hear this good news.
    We hope you all are keeping fine.We are in YHSS.
    kusm n pema.

  4. Tika Sir, many congratulations and best wishes to you. I remembered your great contributions while I was at National Institute of Education, Samchi and you were our lecturer.Keep up your good work. Wish u all the success in your future endavours.
    DB Adhikari
    Arizona, US

  5. Congratulations budha mani sir to make me write some thing about Bhutanese highlightness & achiving a gold meadlist price by being a Bhutanese . If u do some thing for society it can take u at black mountain & u have to do some thing for un civilised Bhutanese society being a leader un educated Bhutanese society is still waiting for ur bright intelligence way to make u a super hero of mother land Bhutan
    i also staying in Canada but being here i lost all my respect thanks.