The Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), formerly known as the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic(RBP), is one of the constituent colleges of the Royal University of Bhutan. It was established in 1972 coinciding with the third five year economic development of the country. It is situated at 800m above the mean sea level and is located at the west end of Dewathang town. The institute is 18 kilometers away from Samdrup Jongkhar
town in Eastern Bhutan, second gateway to Bhutan from Assam in India. Although it started with the Infrastructure development since 1972, it started offering Diploma level programmes in engineering from 22nd Feb 1974.
At the initial stage of its development it offered diploma level program in civil and electrical engineering. The course in Mechanical Engineering was introduced in 1988. In the early ’70s, it also offered certificate level courses in Surveying and Draughting. However, the courses in Surveying and Draughting were discontinued from the late ’80s.
The Jigme Namgyel Engineering College aims to become as the Center of Excellence in providing diploma and Degree level programmes in Applied Engineering and technology, covering wide spectrum of programmes such as the Pre-service, In-service, continuing education programmes, Material testing and certification, research in applied engineering, consultancy and community services through various modes of deliveries including distance.
Till the early 2000, the then Royal Bhutan Polytechnic have been the only Institute of it kind responsible for training and supplying professionally competent, ethically sound, and progressive middle level technical man power and IT professionals relevant to the Bhutanese employing Agencies and Industries. In the year 2000, the institute was temporally relocated to the then Royal Technical Campus in Rinchending Phuntsholing. While at Rinchending the Institute Introduced an under graduate level degree program in Civil and Electrical Engineering in 2001. Currently this Institute is known as College of Science and Technology.
A premier Institute of applied engineering, management and technology towards developing highly competent and innovative technical personnel infused with the values of Gross National Happiness.
1.To provide quality education, driven by GNH values, in the field of applied engineering, management and technology that are current and beneficial to individuals, employers and the nation;
2.To conduct research & innovation in relevant areas;
3.To provide resourceful services through professional development training, consultancy and expert services; and
4.To develop active linkages with organizations and academic institutions both within and outside the country.