Message from the Dean

January 6, 2021, 11:38 AM

Ku-kham Zangpo JSW Law Family!

Tashi Delek for coping well with the lockdown 2.0. in spite of personal inconveniences. I am sure you are happy and relieved with the start of the smart unlocking process announced by the government. This is possible because each one of us stayed home and cooperated well in the fight against this common enemy.

Let us express our simple prayers of gratitude to His Majesty for his compassionate leadership, His Holiness the Je Khenpo and Zhung Dratshang and other spiritual personalities and Drubdeys, Hon’ble Prime Minister and his government for their hard decisions and hard work, Health and Frontline staff including the volunteers, donors, and many others, for ensuring our safety.

As mentioned by the Hon’ble Sowai Lyonpo, our fight against COVID-19 is not over yet. Vaccination is going to take some time. Even if made available, I agree that the vaccine will not guarantee full protection against the virus. Therefore, as advised, we will have to adopt as our second nature, wearing face masks, handwashing with soap, and social distancing as the proven preventive measures. Staying informed and not spreading Fake News will immensely help in this fight.

Let us pray that this invisible enemy is contained soon with the continued concerted efforts and that we humans mend our self-centered ways for the common good. Remember to offer a word of prayer for the speedy recovery of the million contracted by the virus and the millions who have fallen victim so far.

Lastly, I can’t wait to meet everyone (physically distanced, of course) as soon as we are allowed to resume our work. Stay safe and healthy in the meantime.
With my prayers and best wishes.


Message from the Dean 

December 29, 2020, 2:13 PM

Kuzug Zangpo everyone on this 10th day of Lockdown 2.0!

I am confident that you and your family are coping well during this difficult times. But, be happy that our sacrifices and hardships will greatly contribute to the government’s efforts in containing the spread of our common enemy.

While we stay home for our own safety, let us pray for the good health and safety of our King, Lyonchhen, Sowai Lyonpo and all other frontline workers including our Desuup friends on active voluntary duty.

Please remember to fill some of your free time with prayers for the speedy recovery of all those contracted by the virus and that we are able to contain the virus very soon. “This, too, shall pass”. Bless us all, always. Pelden Drukpa Gyalo!


The message of appreciation and gratitude to Desuups of JSW Law by the Dean

December 23, 2020, 2:09 PM

On behalf of the JSW Law family, I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all our Desuup friends who have signed up for active voluntary duty during this critical hour of national need. I am confident that each one of you will give your best while ensuring your own safety and well-being. Other Desuup colleagues are actively supporting and assisting the school management. Wishing each one of you the very best in representing JSW Law in the service of Tsa-Wa-Sum. May Kencho Sum bless you.


Message from the Dean

December 21, 2020 12:41 PM

Kuzug Zangpo!
My heartfelt gratitude and kadrin gatshor to all the colleagues who have worked tirelessly in coordinating critical responses to Lockdown Ver 2.0 in Thimphu Thromde. In particular, OSS, SAAR, Estate, ICT, Finance with support and guidance from the Vice Dean, Registrar and the Covid-19 Focal Officer. The same goes to the participation and active support of the student body through the SGB.

I would like to seek active support from all other staff colleagues in helping the school management navigate successfully through this challenging time. Each one of us will count is ensuring our own safety as well as that of our loved ones and community. Yes. We can!

Let us pray and hope for the best. In the meantime, be calm and stay informed.


Re-opening of the School Campus for the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024

September 14, 2020, 11:31 AM

Dear Colleagues, Dear Students,

It is with a great sense of joy that I am pleased to announce that we will open up Academic Campus for face-to-face teaching and learning for the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024.  Classes will begin on Tuesday, 29 September.

In order to facilitate students’ travel from their homes to the Academic Campus in Taba, I have instructed the teaching faculty to finish their Spring 2020 classes no later than this Friday, 18th  September.  This will give everyone around 10 days to get to Thimphu.  For some courses, class meetings scheduled during 21-25 September have been preponed to this week; for other Spring courses, your final class meeting may be held in the first couple of weeks of the Autumn semester.

I have asked Aum Sonam Euden and the OSS to coordinate with the upper class students, to help facilitate their transit to Taba (and to keep track of institutional quarantine, etc.).  Aum Sonam will continue to be in touch with the students in the coming days with more instructions.

The Class of 2025 will spend the Autumn in an online Orientation & Bridging Course, to ensure that they will be able to begin their studies, in person, at the beginning of February 2021.  We are arranging it so that the Class of 2025 will complete their Autumn and Spring courses on an accelerated basis, so that they will begin their second year in the Autumn of 2021, on schedule (and, just as importantly, so that they will graduate on time).  The Vice Dean will be in contact with members of the Class of 2025 later this month, with specifics.  I am sorry that we cannot bring you on campus sooner – our small temporary campus, and the “social distancing” requirements for colleges and institutes, make it impossible for us to keep all four cohorts on campus at the same time.

The teaching faculty are now in the process of finalizing the teaching schedule for the Autumn semester.  I understand that we may need to have Saturday classes, in order to ensure that the semester doesn’t continue into January.  I thank the students and the faculty alike for their flexibility and dedication.

All of the above plans are entirely subject to change, in the event of major events related to the Covid-19 pandemic and government regulations.  It is our present intention that, once on campus, the upper class students will stay on campus, even in the event of a lockdown.  In case of lockdown, our plan is that students will remain on a “sealed” or “self-contained zone” campus, and faculty will teach them online.  This will at least ensure uniformly reliable Internet for all students, and make group work and collaboration (as well as access to law school resources) more reliable, even in the event of a lockdown.

I ask Ugyen Thinley, Chair of the law school’s Covid-19 Implementation Team, to send an email to students, reminding them of the new regulations surrounding the “new normal” on campus.  I admonish all faculty, staff, and students to adhere strictly to these requirements – and other rules or orders that may emerge from time to time – to keep us all safe and healthy.

We anticipate that the residence halls will open to students on Saturday, 26th September.  However, because of screening and safety requirements, we may likely only permit a portion of the student body to arrive on each day.  Aum Sonam Euden will be in touch with students later this week, with details about your expected dates of arrival. 

I would like to wish our students safe transit to Taba and look forward to meeting you soon.

With my sincere prayers and warm regards.

Sangay Dorjee

Dean

Cc:   Sangay Chedup, Personal Secretary to The Honourable President of JSW Law

Cc:   Drangpon Rabjam Richa Gurung, Personal Secretary to the Hon’ble Chairperson of the JSW Law Governing Council


Re-opening of Academic and Administrative campuses from Monday, 14 September 2020

September 11, 2020, 4:10 PM

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, the administrative campus re-opened on Monday, 07th September 2020 with administrative staff adopting the shift system. 

In close consultation with our stakeholders, I am pleased to announce that the Academic Campus will also re-open for business from Monday, 14th September 2020. 

While you are back to the respective campuses, please adhere to all Covid-19 precautions as our “Gyenkhu” during this critical phase of containment of the virus.  I ask Ugyen Thinley and his team to ensure that our Covid-19 protocols are followed strictly by all.

I shall look forward to a successful reopening of our campuses and your continued support. Let us also look forward to welcoming our students back to the campus soon.

Stay safe and hope you have a pleasant weekend holiday ahead.

Sangay Dorjee

Dean


JSW Law – Autumn Semester 2020

September 4, 2020, 3:18 PM

Dear Colleagues and students,

As you know, on Monday the Honourable Prime Minister announced the three phases of unlocking for the nation.  Each of the colleges and institutes in the country is in the process of making its own plans, and we all await further guidance from the Government.

However, it is already September.  With the ongoing Covid threat and the uncertainty of future regional or national lockdowns, we need to provide clear guidance to our students and staff regarding the Autumn semester. Therefore, after consultation with the Academic Council, the senior administration, and other internal and external stakeholders, I have the honour to announce the following:

  1. The incoming Class of 2025 will begin classes only in February 2021.  I instruct the Vice Dean and the Associate Dean for Student Services to prepare a semester-long, online “orientation” session, using online or distance-education tools, so that the Class of 2025 can start classes immediately in the Spring.  We are also making arrangements so that the Class of 2025 will not fall behind in their studies, and will be able to make up the time lost, once they start in February.  Note:  If the Covid situation is still uncertain in February, we will definitely begin classes for the Class of 2025 in February anyway, even if it must be online.  We are trying everything we can to ensure that at least your first semester of studies – the most important in your law-school career – is conducted in-person.  However, we will spend the time between now and February ensuring that our online alternative is of the highest possible quality.
  2. The Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 will finish this semester online, on 25th September.  We will then begin the Autumn semester on 29th September, either in-person (preferred) or online.  We do not yet know what the state of the pandemic – or the state of the lockdown – will be in late September.  At the moment, inter-Dzongkhag travel is discouraged, as are large meetings.  Our greatest hope is to begin classes in-person for all three classes on 29th September.  However, we understand that this may not be possible.  However, we plan to bring one, two, or all three cohorts back to Taba as soon as it is safe and legal to do so.  Once the students are on campus, if there are future lockdowns, we intend to adopt a “lockdown in place” strategy, much like what we briefly attempted in March.  In this way, students will not have to be constantly coming to Thimphu and returning home as the winds change.  If we can only do a partial reopening, priority will be given to the Class of 2022, owing to the heavy “experiential” nature of their 2020-21 academic curriculum.

These were difficult decisions to make, and I know that the members of our Class of 2025 will be disappointed to hear about the delay.  However, given the small size of our Taba campus – and the high likelihood of further disruption of studies due to Covid lockdowns – we believe that this is the best way to ensure continuity of studies and growth for all four of our batches, at their very different stages of their legal studies.  As I mentioned, we do not intend to waste this time:  the Vice Dean and OSS will work closely with their departments and colleagues to develop a robust and meaningful “orientation” series for our Class of 2025 so that you can “hit the ground running” in February.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Vice Dean or the ADSS.  Please continue to stay safe and to abide by all government Covid-19 protocols.

Sincerely yours,

Sangay Dorjee

Dean


JSW Law plans for next week (Transition to the New Normal)

September 4, 2020, 3:10 PM

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, on Monday the Honourable Prime Minister announced the three phases of unlocking for the nation. 

Of relevance to JSW Law, His Excellency stated:

  • Starting September 7, all offices should open and operate full-time.
  • Until then, management should prepare for offices to operate within the COVID-19 norms.  Strict physical distancing at workplaces should be ensured and options to “work from home” or in shifts should [be] introduced.

Consistent with these orders, and after consultation with internal and external stakeholders, I am pleased to announce the following:

  1. We will open the Administrative Campus on Monday, 7 September.  We will adhere to the “shifts” system.  I have talked to each of the Heads of Department, and they have indicated the following:
    • One (1) member of the Estate team will come in on each working day to manage and supervise essential Estate services.
    • One (1) member of the ICT team will come in on each working day to perform maintenance and to support the staff on campus.
    • One (1) member of the Human Resources department will come in on Thursday.
    • One (1) member of the PR & Media team will come in on Tuesday.
    • One (1) member of the Finance team will come in on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
    • The library department will continue to work from home for next week.
    • Senior Administration (Dean, Registrar, Vice Dean, Associate Dean) will make specific arrangements to provide sufficient senior administrative support at the Admin Campus during the week.
    • Ugyen Thinley will task the Covid-19 task force with appropriate shifts to provide Covid-19 protection on all five days, while maintaining minimum staff presence on campus.
  1. The Academic Campus will remain closed next week.  Academic staff, OSS, and other staff at the academic campus should continue to work and teach from home next week.
  2. Desuups who are completing their service this weekend (or early next week) should work from home for their recommended one-week self-quarantine.  

While you are on the Administrative Campus next week, please adhere to all Covid-19 precautions.  I ask Ugyen Thinley to please send an email reminding the entire staff of our Covid-19 protocols on the Admin Campus.

These arrangements are only for one week (viz., 7-11 September), while the nation is in Phase III unlocking.  We expect the Government to give us more guidance in the coming days, and I will make another announcement next Friday.

Kadrin Gatshor to all for your continued support and strict adherence to the above.

 Stay safe and hope you have a pleasant weekend holiday ahead.

Sangay Dorjee

Dean


JSW Law’s response to recent developments with COVID-19 in the country

August 14, 2020, 3:42 PM

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones well and in good spirits despite the recent developments. Please know that I and my colleagues on the Dean’s Advisory Committee are with you during this very unpredictable time.

As you will recall, in my last email of 29 July, I had shared our plan of partial reopening of our school. In preparation for the same, the administrative campus opened on 3rd August followed by academic campus on 10th August, with full Covid-19 prevention policies and systems in place. However, as you know, we had to discontinue implementation of our plans following the Royal Government’s announcement of the first-ever national lockdown on Tuesday, 11 August. We wholeheartedly support and stand by the Royal Government’s decision to protect us from possible spread of COVID-19. We must understand and be prepared to sacrifice our personal convenience in the interest of our country.

JSW Law has revised its plans as follows:

– Reopening of school is postponed indefinitely. That is, students in the incoming Class of 2025 will not report to school until further notice. This also implies possible postponement to the          Class of 2022 reporting date, depending on how the situation develops in the coming weeks.

– The Class of 2022, Class of 2023, and Class of 2024 will continue with their online classes.

– Our subsequent plans will be based upon the Royal Government’s directives and announcements concerning reopening of schools and institutions.

Let us all continue to pray for the success of the Royal Government’s initiatives and efforts. Let us also be grateful to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo, the Hon’ble Prime Minister, our health professionals, Armed Forces personnel, Desuups, His Holiness The Je Khenpo and the Zhung Dratshang, and other volunteers working 24×7. I urge you to continue to extend your fullest support by taking personal responsibility for following the government guidelines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, the Vice Dean, the Registrar, or the Associate Dean for Student Services.

With my sincere prayers and warm regards.

Sangay Dorjee

Dean

Cc:   Sangay Chedup, Personal Secretary to The Honourable President of JSW Law

Cc:   Drangpon Rabjam Richa Gurung, Personal Secretary to the Hon’ble Chairperson of the JSW Law Governing Council


Partial re-opening of our school and resumption of in-class teaching in August 2020

July 29, 2020, 2:21 PM

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I hope you are well.  I am pleased to announce that we will begin a partial re-opening of our Academic Campus – and a partial resumption of in-class teaching, starting in August.

Specifically, this plan involves:

(1)    The Administrative and Academic Campuses will open for administrative staff on Monday, 3rd August, and for academic staff on Monday, 10th August.  This is to allow for phased implementation of our Covid-19 protocols.

(2)    The New Class of 2025 arriving on campus on the weekend of 15th-16th August to begin an in-person Orientation & Bridging Course (OBC).

(3)    The Class of 2025 remaining on campus for the entire Autumn semester, which we estimate will begin on 31st August and end in mid-December 2020.

(4)    The upper class cohorts (2022, 2023, and 2024) finishing the Spring 2020 semester online, as planned.  Their current semester will end on Friday, 25thSeptember.

(5)    The Class of 2022 only returning to campus on the weekend of 26th-28th September, and remaining on campus for the entire Autumn semester, which we estimate will begin, in their case, on Tuesday the 29th of September and end in late December.

(6)    The Classes of 2023 and 2024 will begin their Autumn semester online, and will remain that way until further notice. 

This decision was taken after consultation with the Re-Opening Task Force and the Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as taking input and suggestions from students, staff, and other stakeholders, as well as expert input from the relevant RGoB agencies.

We will be sending out much more information in the coming weeks – including from our Covid-19 Implementation Team, spelling out the health and safety rules that we will need to implement in the “new normal.”

This latest transition will require a great deal of planning and work from all of us.  It will also require constant vigilance within our community.  I know I can count on every single one of you to do your part, and more!

Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely yours,

Sangay Dorjee
Dean


JSW LAW: Plans for Autumn semester 2020

June 25, 2020, 06:49 PM

Dear Colleagues and Students,

On Sunday, I wrote you a first message, with the law school’s first response to the Government’s phase-one re-opening of the campus.  In that message, I promised to consult with various experts, officials, and stakeholders, and report back to the community with our long-term plans for online- and face-to-face teaching.

I am writing today to formally announce our plans.

We will continue teaching and learning online for the remainder of the Spring semester.  The Spring semester will end on 25th September.  Since many faculty have replaced their final examinations with periodic assignments and tests, we will not have a dedicated examination period; for classes where there is an end-of-term test, the faculty will make arrangements with his or her students to conduct the test online during the term of the semester.

This was not an easy decision, but it is borne of two considerations:

(1)    The future is uncertain, and there is simply no way to make it more certain.  The Hon’ble Prime Minister informed us that the next major announcement concerning re-opening will come in four weeks’ time, and much will change between now and then.  We simply have no guarantee that the partial or complete reopening of the law school campus will be possible, even in Phase II of the Government’s plan.

(2)    Even in light of this uncertainty, we must give certainty to our students and teachers.  It is impossible for a teacher to plan his/her semester – or for a student to plan his/her studies – if the rest of the semester remains up in the air from week to week.  In order to permit faculty and students to proceed with the semester with a sense of confidence, it is important to make a decision that we can all stand by and count on.

We have considered a number of options, including bringing back only some of the students, bringing students to Taba in “shifts,” and compressing the semester by going to six days of teaching a week.  In the end, taking into account not only the safety of the students and faculty but also the teaching and learning impact of these other options, we have determined that the best option is to complete the Spring semester online.

For our incoming class, this means that the Orientation & Bridging Course (OBC) for the Class of 2025 will not begin until September, at the earliest.  The Office of Student Services will continue to be in touch with our incoming class with useful information and other communications.

I will report on the impact of this decision on the Autumn semester schedule in the coming weeks.  I have also instructed the Vice Dean and the Registrar to consult with our stakeholders – including faculty, staff, and students – as we make our plans for after the Autumn semester.

I have convened a task force – including representation from Estate, Student Services, the administration, the faculty, and the student body – to begin an in-depth study of the logistics of re-opening the campus, including the student capacity of our living, dining, and learning quarters.  I expect that, by the time we decide to re-open the campus in the Autumn, we will have a solid plan in place, not only to re-open but to operate our campus in the best possible way in the “new normal.”

With respect to working from home:  in light of our online education, we will continue our current work-from-home and work-from-office policies until further notice.  Please continue to consult with your head of department if you have any doubts about your specific department’s policy.

As always, please contact me, the Vice Dean, or the Registrar if you have any questions about the above policies.

Stay safe!

Sangay Dorjee

    Dean


JSW Law’s plans for teaching, learning, and working

June 21, 2020, 01:35 PM

My dear Colleagues, friends, and Students,

A month has passed since I wrote to you my last email. I am confident that you and your loved ones have been keeping well and in good spirits. I am very hopeful that we will be able to see each other in person soon.

As you may already know, the Royal Government announced the first phase of its plan to re-open the nation in the face of COVID-19.  Titled “Moving Forward: In Transition to a New Normal,” this is a very bold decision following the lessons learned and confidence gained during the last three months. I encourage you to read the plan yourself, but in short, the Royal Government plans to lift the existing restrictions in phases, starting with critical sectors and essential services.

WORKING

One aspect of the Government’s plan is the immediate discontinuation of “work from home” for government and business offices.  I will consult with relevant officials concerning its application to JSW Law, in light of our unique situation and relevant exceptions. Until such time, existing arrangements will continue.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

The Government has determined that Class X, Class XII, and final-year college students will resume face-to-face classes in July.  Other classes (including all three classes of JSW Law students, and our incoming Class of 2025) will need to await further government orders. Until we are instructed or permitted to re-open, faculty and students should continue with the existing online teaching-learning arrangements. I am thankful to everyone for your continued excellent cooperation and support.

 GOING FORWARD

The Ministry of Health and the Government have also issued guidelines and requirements for the reopening of schools. This week, I will assemble a task force to begin planning how we would comply with government recommendations and requirements, once we re-open.  I will keep everyone apprised as the task force and our other advisors make progress on our plan and timeline for welcoming you back to campus.

I do hope to see you all soon. In the meantime, please follow the Government’s advice and directives for your own safety as well as your family’s. At the same time, let us all pray sincerely for the success of the Government’s decision in embracing the “new normal”. Our continued responsibility and support in preventing spread of the disease in the community will be very important.

I would like you to join me in offering our deepest gratitude to His Majesty the King for the exemplary leadership and sacrifices, His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the Dratshang/Rabdeys for the numerous Kurims, and the royal government for its concerted efforts and initiatives in successfully securing the safety and wellbeing of every Bhutanese during this challenging times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, the Vice Dean, or the Registrar.

Sincerely yours,

Sangay Dorjee

    Dean


Update with re-opening of school and starting of our online classes from 8th June 2020

May 18, 2020, 09:01 PM

Dear Colleagues, Friends, and Students,

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well during the continuing school closure.  I miss you all and look forward to the day when we can see each other in person.

As you know, it is still uncertain when we will be able to reopen our school for normal business operations.  We are following the news closely and also seeking advice and direction from the appropriate authorities.  At the moment, we simply cannot say with certainty when we will be able to welcome you back to campus.

We have held several meetings over the past week to discuss the prospects and procedures for starting classes online.

I am pleased to announce that, after extensive consultations and discussions, we will begin online classes on Monday, 8th June 2020.  As you have heard, since April, our teaching faculty have been engaged in self-study and training to help them better adapt their courses and materials to online instruction.  “Online classes” will include live meetings, as well as pre-recorded lectures and written and video materials.  The ICT department is in the process of preparing training videos and other supplements, so that faculty and students will be able to fully engage in online education.

As part of our plan, we will be “slowing down” the semester.  We completed five weeks of classes before we closed the campus, and another week online.  Therefore, we will pick up with the seventh week of our semester on the 8th of June.  However, two online weeks will equal one “in person” week.  That is, week seven will last from Monday the 8th to Friday the 19th.  We have decided to do this for two reasons:

(1)    Based on the experiences of other colleges in Bhutan and around the world, it is clear that we cannot expect students to engage in full-time learning in the online context. Apart from problems with the Internet, students have other distractions at home, and learning online is exhausting (in different ways than face-to-face learning);

(2)    We do hope that we will be able to resume face-to-face education, as there is simply no substitute – especially in legal education – for classroom and group interaction.          Therefore, by slowing down the semester, we hope that we will be able to pick up with face-to-face classes before the modified semester ends.

I know that this new schedule will impact the scheduling of the Autumn semester, as well as the intake of our new Class of 2025.  We will keep you informed as to those matters as decisions are made (and as the situation evolves).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, the Vice Dean, or the Registrar.

We hope to see you soon. In the meantime, please follow the government’s advice and directives for your own safety as well as your family’s. And, if you find time and motivation, please join His Holiness The Je Khenpo’s prayer initiative to overcome this pandemic and economic challenges caused by it.

Sincerely yours,

Sangay Dorjee

  Dean


Message from the Dean

April 15, 2020, 02:57 PM

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this email finds you and your families and loved ones safe and healthy.

It has been a little over two weeks since we closed our school in keeping with the government directives regarding closure of schools and institutions in the country to contain potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. It seems like a very long time ago! Through television and radio, newspapers, and social media, I am sure you are as up-to-date as I am with the recent developments in the country. One thing we know for sure is that the King, the government and the people are fully united in successfully fighting this pandemic. We are optimistic that our life will return to normal as soon as possible.

I like you to know that the management team at the law school meets regularly to assess the evolving situation in the country. In addition to government directives, the team also checks with our sister colleges and universities and with relevant agencies for useful information.

As of now, we do not have an expected date to re-convene our classes.  We will update you accordingly.

As the waiting gets longer, restlessness and anxiety are bound to set in our lives. I am sure you will be thinking about how to complete your semester lessons, semester-end exams, and assignments, research activities, so on and so forth. While I think this is natural and normal, I genuinely believe that this is an occasion and an opportunity for us to stay home with our family during these uncertain times and learn to work from home. As Lee Iacocca had said, “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plough your anger and your energy into something positive.” I think this is the time and times like this in the future to do just that!

You will agree that the key messages from His Majesty’s Royal Address as well as Hon’ble Lyonchhen’s national address are loud and clear. One important message was the role of each citizen in stopping the spread of this virus through social and physical distancing (the cheapest and the most effective means). Thus, each one of us has a big role in protecting ourselves as well as our loved ones and community from the infection. It is possible that we might let our guard down under the false confidence that either the virus is either contained or not acknowledging the true impact of this COVID-19 infection: we must resist this temptation!

I am glad that our regular Academic Council, HRC, Administrative and other meetings are being held online to ensure minimum disruption to the operation of the school functioning. Aside from the meetings, I urge you to continue coordinating with your respective HoD to plan your work in a timely manner. I request the HoDs to kindly continue your coordination and facilitation efforts with your staff.

In the meantime, I would like you to stay safe, take care of yourself and your family while working from home. Remember to offer your prayers as well.

With kind regards,

Sangay Dorjee

   Dean    


Office Order for the closure of JSW Law and work from Home

March 28, 2020, 02:21 PM


JSW Law’s response to the royal government’s latest directive

March 18, 2020, 06:25 PM

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

In light of the royal government’s latest directive issued last evening suspending classes until further notice, JSW Law has decided the following:

  1. Classes are cancelled on Thursday and Friday of this week (19-20 March, 2020).  (Faculty might continue to assign homework and assignments, but there will be no class meetings.)
  2. From Monday, 23 March to Friday, 03 April, we will have online classes.  Faculty are encouraged to use the next four days to plan your teaching for those two weeks.  ICT Department will be providing information about your various options, which will include both live and recorded presentations, etc.
  3. After Friday, 03 April, if the government has reopened schools and tertiary institutions, we will return to normal teaching schedule. However, if the royal government has not reopened schools and tertiary institutions by that date, we will declare a holiday, resuming classes only once schools and institutions are re-opened.  This may require extending the semester by additional weeks in May and June.

Between now and 03rd April, students are not permitted to go home.  First of all, the campus seems to be as safe as any place right now.  Second of all, we will not be able to support online classes for students who are dispersed around the country.

Faculty are advised to contact the Vice Dean about their ideas for online classes over the next two weeks.  He will be in touch with you soon.  ICT Department will also be sending around a message with a range of new options they have been working on.

Staff are encouraged to talk to your direct supervisor to determine your hours and activities over the next two weeks.

Thank you all for your continued patience, support, and flexibility in this turbulent and uncertain time.

I will continue to provide weekly (or more frequent) updates, as news and events warrant.

 Sincerely yours,

Sangay Dorjee,

    Dean