The class xii passed eligible students started the online application process in various collages in the country from 15 February till 7 March. The eligible students are expected to apply for both government scholarship and self financed slots within 21-days followed by the selection of students on 23 March to 29 April. The admission in the program will be selected based on merit ranking as per the ability rating. The class 12 passed candidates from previous years and schools outside the country are allowed to seek admission to any of the collages. However, the students who were selected in previous years to various programs in the universities but had either not reported for admission or withdrawn are not eligible. Of the total 9,952 students from 52 higher secondary schools including 16 private schools appeared examination of which 8,830 passed the examination. The total intake into tertiary education pro-grams in the universities of Bhutan has increased from 2,306 seats in 2016 to 2,507 seats with the establishment of new colleges. The new Rigney collage in Tashi Yangtse will take 10 students in bachelor in language and literature (BLL) of which six seats is for Language and Culture Studies (LCS) and four seats for general students which expects to start by second week of July. The students selected for admission into BLL at Rigney collage will have to undergo one year Zorig program either in Lhadri, Jimzo or Pratra. The students will be enrolled into the three year BLL program based on their performance in the one year certificate program.
The new establishment of Gyalopzhing collage in Mongar announced to take 80 eligibility class xii passed students in Bach-elor of computer application under government scholarship. The College of Science and Technology (CST) in Rinchhending will take 240 students of which 72 students as under self-funding in five various programs.
Gedu Collage of Busi-ness Studies will take 500 candidate of the 150 seats will be under self financed while the Collage of Lan-guage and Culture Studies will take 429 of the total which 99 candidates as self-financed in three pro-gram including a diploma program.
The Collage of Natural resources at Lobesa will take 245 students as a government scholarship and 60 as self-financed in six various program with the introduction of some new courses.
Jigme Namgyel En-gineering Collage at Dewathang will take 305 candidates under govern-ment and 80 under self-funding in a B.E Power engineering and seven diploma program.
The Paro Collage of Edu-cation (PCE) and Samtse Collage of education will take 265 students and 200 students including 25 and
51 students as self-funding respectively.
The Sherubtse College will take the highest number of students at 442 under government schol-arship and 147 students as self-funding and six seats for regular students who served as the school captain in the year 2016 under a special scholar-ship in leadership.
The selected students are expected to report to the respective collages with the specific date that will be announced later.