A five-member team of staff and students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and six staff from Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) are currently carrying out a joint PBL case at Bhutan. This is part of the PBL SA project of Erasmus+ funded through the European Union where JNEC, RUB is one of the partners along with four universities/colleges from Nepal, two from India, and three from Europe. The teams started their work at Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan on 1st November and will complete it by 14th November 2022. The team will be at sites in Samdrup Jongkhar as well as part of Trashigang, Bhutan during the two weeks.
The team has started working on two broad topics related to ‘Waste management on construction sites of Bhutan’, and ‘Construction practices leading to problems in building operations’. These topics have been finalized based on a few observations and a site visit carried out by the groups on 1st November 2022. The staff engaged from JNEC, RUB are mentors who are actively engaged in mentoring PBL cases of students on the campus. Earlier our students have been engaged in joint PBL cases with teams from Aalto University, Finland for cases in Bhutan for consecutive three years and recently with teams from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania, and Nepal Engineering College (NEC), Nepal for a joint case at Kathmandu, Nepal.
These joint works will help mentors to be more engaged in real PBL cases for better insight as well as implementation at a later phase. In process of case studies, the team will explore the prospects of Problem Based Learning approaches for realizing the results as well as recommendations. The teams will do their final presentation on 14th November in Bhutan and the teams from IITB will further take the study finding for sharing at IITB too.