Indian professor in Bhutan conferred India’s highest overseas citizen award

After almost three decades of service to education in Bhutan, Sanjeev Mehta, currently an economics professor with the Royal Thimphu College received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award conferred by the President of India. The award is the highest honor conferred to overseas Indians.

Sanjeev Mehta received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award on 10th of January this year for his exceptional contribution in the field of education.

He says he is looking forward to contributing again with much more dedication and greater determination to actually see Bhutan achieve its new journey of policy and situational reforms.

The award was started in 2003 and is conferred every two years. This year saw 27 recipients of the award.

“I will be nut and bolt in this piece and I will work to my best capacity to fulfill His Majesty’s dream. This award, I see, is not a personal achievement. This is an award that represents the work done by Indian teachers in Bhutan. Maybe I am an embodiment of that,” Sanjeev Mehta added.

Sanjeev started his career with the Sherubtse College in 1993 after which he joined the United Nations Development Programme and helped design the economic development policy of Bhutan.

For his contributions, he received the National Order of Merit from His Majesty the King in 2014.

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