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The Inception    
Since 1953, India and Bhutan have extensive cooperation and developed ties in various fields. In May 1961, Government of India sent a team of military officers and men on a reconnaissance mission to Bhutan.

The Pioneers     On 20 Jul 1960, Brig (then Col) B N Upadhyay, assumed the appointment of the first Commandant of IMTRAT in Bhutan. His team of officers included Maj A N Sudan, Maj S N Gurung, Maj P N Kackar and Capt P K Chakraborti, RMO. An additional eleven officers  joined the team by the end of the same year.


  • Wangchuk Lo Dzong Military  School (WLDMS)

  • Indo Bhutan Friendship Hospital (IBFH)

  • Military Hospital Haa
Wangchuk Lo Dzong Military School (WLDMS)     The WLDMS was established on 16 Oct 1962 and commenced training  with 22 officer  cadets and 49 non-commissioned officers. The WLDMS conducts pre-course capsules for different courses conducted at training institutions in  India. Initially an officer from Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) was attached to assist  IMTRAT with training at the  WLDMS.Two officers were subsequently posted to the School in 1974 for the first time and at present, one senior instructor, one assistant senior instructor, one directing staff coordination, demonstration company commander and a company officer are on the staff of WLDMS.

  • Role of  WLDMS- To impart military training to the personnel of Royal Bhutan Army and Royal Bodyguards.

  • Type of training-
    • Pre Courses.
    • Refresher Courses. 
    • Promotion Cadres. 
    • Miscellaneous Training

  • Training infrastructure-
    • Sand Model Rooms.
    • Conference Hall. 
    • Field Engineering Model Room. 
    • Improvised Explosive Device.
    • Model Room.
    • Signal Model Room.
    • Computer Room.
    • Long Range.
    • Jungle Lane Shooting  Range.
    • Rock Climbing Area.
    • Assault Course.
    • Unarmed Combat Pit.
    • Physical Training And Sports Training Area.
    • Field Engineering Demonstration Area.
    • Rural Insurgency Hide Out.
    • Urban Insurgency Mock Up.
    • Computer Training Lab.
    • Training Library.
Indo Bhutan Friendship Hospital (IBFH)     The foundation stone of  Indo Bhutan Friendship Hospital was laid on 04 Jul 1970 by Hon'ble Lyonpo Dawa Tshering, then Development Minister of Royal Government of Bhutan. The hospital was inaugurated by Maj Gen T V Jeganathan, PVSM, AVSM, Commandant IMTRAT On 27 Apr 1973.

  • Organisation Of The Hospital- The Hospital is organised into an OPD complex, an OT, ICU and a ward complex with thirty beds. The Hospital is staffed with :-

    • One Medical Specialist
    • One Surgeon
    • One Gynecologist
    • One Anesthesiologist
    • One Pathologist
    • One Pediatrician
    • One Medical Officer
    • One Dental Officer

  • Facilities at the Hospital- MH Haa provides state of the art facilities for Ultra Sonography, ECG, X Ray, Ventilator, Neo Natal Incubator and Pathology Lab. Facilities also exist for for admitting limited number of civil patients. The Hospital extends all medical facilities to the civilian populace of Haa and adjoining areas free of cost. It treats approximately 100 civilian patients on a daily basis.

  • Mobile Clinic at Haa- A specially designed light commercial vehicle was dedicated by His Excellency Shri Dalip Mehta, the Ambassador of India to Bhutan on 29 Apr 1996. The vehicle has a minor OT, lab and a dispensary besides a portable X ray unit and a dental chair. It is utilised to provide medical facilities to the civilians in far flung areas.
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