The College of Science and Technology (CST) is the first institute in the country to offer undergraduate degree programmes in engineering under the Royal University of Bhutan. The college aspires to be a centre of excellence in the field of science and technology enriched with GNH values by offering quality programmes that are relevant to the need of the job market both within and outside the country.
The College, which was originally called Royal Bhutan Poytechnic (RBP), was founded at Dewathang, Samdrup Jongkhar in Southern Bhutan in 1972 under the vision of Late 3rd King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Initially, the institute started offering diploma in civil and electrical engineering and later in 1988, the diploma programme in mechanical engineering was also introduced. It was relocated to the present location, Rinchending in 2000 with the command of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo with an up gradation into an engineering college from polytechnic. The institute was then named Royal Bhutan Institute of Technology and offered undergraduate degree programmes in Civil and Electrical.
With the establishment of the Royal University of Bhutan, the RBIT became a federated member of the Royal University of Bhutan in June 2003. The number of students enrolled for the first time in degree in Civil Engineering was 15 and in Electrical Engineering it was 10. Most of these students were diploma graduates from RBP. The first batch of 18 engineers graduated on 30th June 2005 and second batch of 24 engineers graduated on 30th June 2006. With the shifting back of the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic (now called Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic) back to Dewathang the diploma programmes got segregated from RBIT in 2006. The Institute has been renamed as the College of Science and Technology (CST).
College of Science and Technology (CST), is now responsible to oversee the tertiary education system in the Kingdom of Bhutan in the field of science and technology. The College presently offers Bachelor degree programmes in Civil Engineering and Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications Engineering and Information Technology. The curriculum got evolved to address the quality, internationalization and with the urgent need felt by the country. Besides the regular programmes, the College, having been duly identified and recognized by the Royal Civil Service Commission, conducts short-term trainings, workshops and courses for in-service civil servants, particularly for technical professionals. Our campus offer high quality learning, teaching and research spaces to better meet the needs of students, academics and researchers.