• 1961-1966

    Formed the Directorate of Education.

  • 1966

    Developed some English primers and readers, and textbooks in Chhoekey.

  • 1966-1971

    Developed History and Geography textbooks, and declared English as the medium of instruction.

  • 1974

    Published Druk Readers and Druk and Drukpa Series as textbooks.

  • 1976

    Developed the first National Education Policy document that formed the basis for all major curriculum development works thereafter.

  • 1981-1987

    Carried out major syllabus and textbooks revisions and improvement to address the national needs and aspirations.

  • 1984

    Revised the National Education Policy formulated in 1976.

  • 1985

    Established Curriculum and Textbook Development Division (CTDD).

  • 1986

    Launched the New Approach to Primary Education (NAPE), a modern form of primary education that encouraged pupil participation and discovery learning. This approach replaced foreign curricula, and localized syllabi and textbook contents with a high degree of local orientation and relevancy.

  • 1996

    Formed Curriculum and Professional Support Section (CAPSS) under the Ministry of Health and Education.

  • 2000

    CAPSS shifted from Thimphu to the then National Institute of Education, Paro, which was then under the Ministry of Health and Education.

  • 2003

    CAPSS became Curriculum and Professional Support Division (CAPSD) under the Ministry of Education when the Ministry of Health and Education was bifurcated into two separate ministries.

  • 2010

    CASPD was upgraded to Department of Curriculum Research and Development (DCRD).

  • 2014

    DCRD, Paro and Royal Education Council, Thimphu merged. The new Royal Education Council was launched on 12 December 2014.