Selected Candidates of Assistant Research Officer

The Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH is please to announce the selected candidates for the Assistant Research Officer on contract.

Selection Results of Asst. Research officer (on contract)

The selected candidates are required to report to CBS & GNH on 23 August 2017 at 10.30 am, with original certificates and documents for verification. The standby candidates will be called in the event a selected candidate withdraws the appointment.

Theory and Policy of Happiness

Dasho Karma Ura, President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH gave the opening remarks on the concept of GNH and Buddhism in Bhutan at a workshop on ‘Theory and Policy of Happiness‘ organised by the Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea on 12th July, 2017 in Thimphu, Bhutan

A Short Guide to GNH Index

Bhutan’s GNH Index is a multidimensional measure and it is linked with a set of policy and programme screening tools so that it has practical applications. The GNH index is built from data drawn from periodic surveys which are representative by district, gender, age, rural-urban residence, etc. Representative sampling allows its results to be decomposed at various sub-national levels, and such disaggregated information can be examined and understood more by organizations and citizens for their uses. In the GNH Index, unlike certain concepts of happiness in current western literature, happiness is itself multidimensional – not measured only by subjective well-being, and not focused narrowly on happiness that begins and ends with oneself and is concerned for and with oneself. The pursuit of happiness is collective, though it can be experienced deeply personally. Different people can be happy in spite of their disparate circumstances and the options for diversity must be wide.

The GNH Index is meant to orient the people and the nation towards happiness, primarily by improving the conditions of not- yet-happy people. We can break apart the GNH Index to see where unhappiness is arising from and for whom. For policy action, the GNH Index enables the government and others to increase GNH in two ways.