Admissions for third Foundational Leadership Program (FLP-3)

Course launched: 4th June 2017

The Foundational Leadership Program (FLP) is the seventh leadership program that RIGSS has launched. It is specifically designed for young, entry-level professionals from various sectors.

The program aims to provide participants with professional orientation and grooming, skills development, and attitudinal transformation towards becoming future leaders. FLP will possibly be the first leadership training for many of the participants, and would thus serve as a springboard for their leadership career.

FLP is a four-week course, of which three weeks is focused on promoting better understanding and appreciation of the evolution of Bhutan as a sovereign nation-state; our challenges and vulnerabilities in the changing global and regional context; values and ethics; foundational leadership skills and related tools; right mindset and motivation for public service and a better understanding of Gross National Happiness and its practical interpretations.

Participants also undergo a week-long immersion program, where they spend a week in a village to experience rural life first-hand, and to assess the potential and impact of development interventions in transforming people’s lives. This is expected to give the young participants a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in our rural communities that will stimulate them to reflect on our national priorities and policies.

Course content

Week I: Leadership & GNH

  • Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • Team Building
  • Serving Teams
  • Leadership of the Self
  • Bhutanese Values & Tradition/Culture
  • GNH: Its Practical Interpretations
  • Professionalism, Ethics & Integrity in Public Service

Week II: Grass Roots Immersion Program

Week III: Nation-Building

  • Bhutan’s Political History: Formation and Development of the Bhutanese State
  • The Role of Monarchs in Shaping the Bhutanese State: 100 Years & Beyond
  • Constitutionalism & Rule of Law
  • Bhutan’s Traditions and Culture
  • Bhutan’s Economy: Issues and Perspectives
  • Collaboration and Coordination in Governance
  • Professionalism & Leadership in Public Service Delivery

Week IV: Key Skills for Effective Leadership

  • Presentation & Communication Skills
  • Basic Research/Analytical Skills
  • Data and Policy Research
  • Effective Reading/Writing Skills

Competitive Selection Process for FLP-3

1. Intake & Slot distribution
Sl. No. Category/Sector Mode of selection Slots
1 Civil Service Open competition 15
2 Armed Forces

Nomination by Armed Forces and final selection by RIGSS

3 Corporations/SoEs

Nomination by agencies and final selection by RIGSS

4 Autonomous agencies/CSOs/Private

Open competition

5 His Majesty’s nominees


2. Online Application System

All aspiring and eligible candidates from the civil service, autonomous agencies, CSOs and private companies, and those nominated from the Corporations, SoEs and Armed Forces will be invited to register and apply for the course through the RIGSS Online Application System, which will open at 11.00 AM on 22nd March 2018. Registered users will be given access to the Online Admission System.

3. Submission of Written Works & Other Credentials

Online application system will close at 5.00 PM on 3rd April 2018. Applicants must submit their written works and other credentials on or before this date. Further, extra-ordinary achievements, which are supported by proof of recognition/reward, will also be awarded additional points in the final selection.

4. Declaration of Results for Shortlisted Candidates

A panel of experts will evaluate the written works submitted by applicants. Based on evaluation of the written works, marks obtained in the Class X and XII Board examinations, applicants will be shortlisted and names of the shortlisted candidates will be announced latest by 5.00 PM on 19th April 2018 on the Institute’s website.      

5. Interview for Shortlisted Candidates

A Skype video interview will be organized during 23rd April – 25th April 2018 for all shortlisted candidates. The interview will last for 15-20 minutes, and scores obtained from the interview will be used in the final selection of candidates. The Institute will schedule the interviews for all shortlisted candidates and intimate the date and time in advance.

6. Psychometric Test

Shortlisted candidates will have to give an online psychometric test as a part of the final selection during 23rd April –25th April 2018. The candidate shall complete the test within the stipulated time. Scores obtained from the test will be used in the final selection of candidates. Test instructions and deadline will be emailed to candidates soon after the shortlisted candidates are declared.

7. Declaration of Final Results

Names of the selected candidates will be announced within 29th April 2018 on the Institute’s website

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for the course must meet the following general and sector specific eligibility criteria:

1. General Criteria (applies to all candidates)
  • Applicants must have a minimum qualification of Bachelors degree (any field)
  • Applicants should have been born on 13th May 1988 or later
  • Applicants must possess a minimum work experience of 2 years (CVs should clearly specify job history)
  • An applicant should maintain a minimum gap of five years between two RIGSS courses (FLP/YPLP/SELP). For example, if a candidate is selected for the FLP course, he/she will be eligible for the YPLP course only after five years of completion of FLP.
2. Sector-specific Criteria:
  • Applicants from the civil service must be in P4 or P5 position levels
  • Applicants from the armed forces must be in the rank of a Captain/Lieutenant

Documents Required

The following documents need to submitted during online registration:

  • CID Photocopy
  • Bachelors Degree Certificate (Marksheets not required)
  • Class X & XII Marksheets
  • Cirriculum Vitae
  • Audit Clearence (if applicable)
  • Security Clearence (will be verified online by institute, no hard copy need to be submitted)


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