About CTAS


The most prestigious award and recognition that the school has received came from no other than His Majesty the King of Bhutan. On 17th December 2010, coinciding with the National Day Celebration of Bhutan at the Changlimithang stadium. His Majesty the 5th Druk Gyalpo awarded the National Order of Merit (Silver) to Dasho Choki Dorji for serving the people and the country with exceptional effort and merit. Dasho Choki Dorji was awarded the medal for the promotion of our traditional art and culture in the country and for establishing the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (13 Arts and Crafts) Institute in Bhutan.

Choki Traditional Art Scool is the only private institute providing training on traditional arts and crafts in Bhutan. The school provides free tuition, food and lodging facilities to the economically disadvantaged youth of Bhutan.

The Department of Occupational Standards, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources conducted an institutional registration survey of all the training institutions in the country to formally recognize and certify the training providers to deliver courses upon meeting the minimum quality standards. The institutions are categorized as grade A, B and C based on the minimum assessment criteria. While no institutes were categorized in ‘A’ , we are happy that CTAS is one of the few institutions placed in category ‘B’ and we hope in the near future we can upgrade to A level.

Please find below some of the recognitions, awards and certificates that the school has received;

  • Registration Certificate with the Department of Occupational standard, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources [ VIEW ]
  • Letter from His Royal Highness Prince Namgyal Wangchuck [ VIEW ]
  • Certificate of Appreciation to Dasho Choki Dorji (Founder) from the Government of Bhutan [ VIEW ]
  • Letter from Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) [ VIEW ]
  • Letter of Quality Commitment to the Ministry of Labour & Human Resources [ VIEW ]
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Rietberg Museum, Switzerland [ VIEW ]
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC [ VIEW ]
  • Certificate from the United Nations Women's Guild - Vienna [ VIEW ]