Introduction

The Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC) is the premier institute in the country for the advancement of Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. It is an independent organisation established by His Majesty the King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the Fourth King of Bhutan in 1986.

To preserve and promote the use of Dzongkha, the office carries out planning for the implementation of Dzongkha through the education system and public service in the country as well as codification and elaboration of the language. Codification essentially takes the form of writing grammars, dictionaries, and orthographical rules, etc. in order to standardize the language. Elaboration or functional development includes terminological modernisation and coining of new words, as required.

The office is continually dedicated to developing standards based support and increased functionality for Dzongkha on all popular computing platforms. The most widely used computing system for Dzongkha is the Unicode based system developed and delivered by this office. It works well on all recent versions of  the MS Windows,  Linux & Apple OSX operating systems, on the Internet and in applications such as OpenOffice, Microsoft Office and Adobe's  InDesign. We are also developing support for Dzongkha on mobile computing and communication devices.

 

The office further encouranges improving theDzongkha literary resources, preservation and documentation of the other eighteen indigenous languages native to Bhutan, and recognition and encouragement of indigenous knowledge including Zorig Chusum, astrology, traditional medicine, and human values (or GNH) through Dzongkha education in the country. Many events such as essay competitions, book awards, debates, quizzes, spelling competitions, and media programmes in Dzongkha are also supported to enhance the use of Dzongkha.