Senior Executive Leadership Program(SELP)

Course Launch Date: 20th October 2013

The Senior Executive Leadership Program is the Institute’s flagship leadership program. It is designed for senior public service officials and corporate executives who face the challenges of governance and decision-making on a day-to-day basis. SELP is a highly intensive, four-week program and participants are selected through an open, online competitive selection process.

Most part of the SELP curriculum is designed to provide the participants with a deeper understanding of pertinent national issues. An entire week of the program is dedicated to discussions on the political economy of public policy in Bhutan and another week on political history and governance issues. Besides this, course contains modules on key leadership skills including effective communication and negotiation skills. The final week of the course is dedicated to a learning journey that aims to broaden the perspective of the participants on aspects of society, economy and polity beyond classroom lectures and discussions.

Course Content

Week I: Leadership and Governance

  • Leadership Skills
  • Leadership Personalities
  • Leadership of the Self
  • Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective Negotiation Skills
  • Presentation/Communications Skills

Week II: Leadership and Governance

  • Bhutan's Political History: Formation and Development of the Bhutanese State
  • The Role of Monarchs in Shaping the Bhutanese State: 100 Years & Beyond
  • GNH: Vision, Policies & Perspectives
  • Bhutan’s Foreign Policy: Key Issues
  • Bhutanese Values and Traditions
  • Professionalism, Ethics and Integrity in Public Service
  • Justice, Rule of Law and Democracy
  • Domestic Security: Trends and Issues

Week III: Political Economy of Public Policy

  • Macroeconomics: Understanding the Fundamentals
  • Macroeconomic Issues for Bhutan
  • Bhutan's Political Economy: Issues and Concerns
  • Fiscal Policies: Issues & Perspectives
  • Monetary Policies: Issues & Perspectives
  • Data Management & Analysis
  • The Energy Sector: Issues and Concerns
  • Role of State Institutions in the Economy

Week IV: Learning Journey

Competitive Selection Process For SELP-10

1. Intake & slots distribution
Sl. No. Category/Sector Slots
1 Public Servants (civil service; autonomous agencies, constitutional and other agencies as per RCSC classification) 17
2 Armed Forces 3
3 Corporations/SOEs/CSOs/Private Sector (companies registered under Companies Act of Bhutan/licensed by RGoB) 5
5 His Majesty’s nominees 5
2. Online Application System

All interested and eligible candidates are invited to register and apply for the 10th SELP program through the RIGSS Online Application System, which will open on 17th February 2019 at 11.00 AM. Registered users will be given access to the online Admission Tests.

3. Submission of Written Works & Other Credentials

Online application system will close on 27th February 2019 at 5.00 PM. Applicants must submit their written works and other credentials on or before this date. While the minimum qualification required to be eligible for SELP is a Bachelor’s Degree, candidates with higher qualifications will be given additional marks in the selection. Further, extra-ordinary achievements, which are supported by proof of recognition/reward, will also be awarded additional marks

4. Declaration of Results for Shortlisted Candidates

A panel of experts will do the evaluation of the written works. Based on evaluation of the written works and other credentials (qualification and extra-ordinary achievements) applicants will be shortlisted, and their results announced on 7th March 2019 on the Institute’s website ( within 5.00 PM.

5. Psychometric Test for Shortlisted Candidates

Shortlisted candidates will have to give an online psychometric test any time during 9-12 March 2019 as a part of the final selection process. Candidates shall complete the test within the stipulated time. Test instructions and submission deadline will be emailed to shortlisted candidates.

6. Skype Interview for Shortlisted Candidates

A video Skype interview will be conducted during 9-12 March 2019 for all shortlisted candidates. The interview will last for about 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.

7. Declaration of Results

Marks obtained for written works, psychometric test, interview and other credentials will be compiled and aggregated for generation of the final results. A total of 25 candidates from the different categories as specified above will be selected on merit basis for the 10th SELP program.

Names of the selected candidates will be announced within 17th March 2019 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)
  • An applicant should maintain a minimum gap of five years between two RIGSS courses (FLP/YPLP/SELP). For example, if a candidate had attended the YPLP course, he/she will be eligible for the SELP course only after five years of completion of YPLP
2. Sector-specific Criteria:
  • Applicants from the civil service and armed forces should have been born on 24th March 1964 or later
  • Applicants from all other agencies should have been born between 24th March 1964 and 24th March 1979
  • Applicants from the civil service must be in position level P1 or above
  • Applicants from the armed forces must be in the rank of a Lt. Colonel or above
  • Applicants from autonomous agencies, constitutional and other agencies, corporations, SOEs, private companies, CSOs must possess a minimum work experience of 15 years (CVs should clearly specify job history)

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