RIM cel­e­brated its 28th years of Ser­vice to Na­tion

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Co­in­cid­ing with the foun­da­tion day of Royal In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment (RIM), the in­sti­tute cel­e­brated its 28th years of ser­vice to the na­tion. To mark this, the 18th con­vo­ca­tion for the grad­u­ates for Mas­ters and the Diploma for the year 2013 and 2014 was held at Sim­tokha last Sun­day.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­sources and the Chair­man of RIM Board, Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo graced the cer­e­mony and he said, to­day’s con­vo­ca­tion is an out­come of long years of slog­ging by our trainees and the men­tor­ing by em­i­nent teach­ers and aca­demi­cians. It is also a day of cel­e­bra­tion, an assem­bly of good, great and learned peo­ple in this hal­lowed ground in the lap of Sem­tokha Dzong, the first fortress built in 1627 by Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam- gyel.

Bhutan with very less pop­u­la­tion and less ar­eas in the world, Ly­onpo said that given our small ar­eas of about 38,394 sq km. and a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of lit­tle over 650,000, a lit­er­acy rate of 59.50 per­cent and ris­ing youth pol­lu­tion and un­em­ploy­ment rate from 2.30 per­cent in 2012 to 2.90 per­cent in 2013 and youth un­em­ploy­ment rate reach­ing 9.60 per­cent ac­cord­ing to 2013 Na­tional Labour Sur­vey.

Since our coun­try is one of the Least De­vel­oped Coun­try (LDC) amongst the de­vel­op­ing na­tions in the world. Ly­onpo fur­ther said, our GDP is one of low­est amongst the de­vel­op­ing na­tions which means that the econ­omy is in a frag­ile state. So our grad­u­ates should tighten your belts and pledge to work hard your­self and for na­tion build­ing.

Life is rel­a­tively sim­ple and easy if you are liv- ing just for your­self, but it does not make any sense if you do not have a mis­sion to serve the hu­man­ity or the sen­tient be­ings if you see from the Bud­dhist per­spec­tive, said the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo fur­ther added that, when you work for oth­ers, you will en­counter nu­mer­ous prob­lems and you will re­ceive more bricks than ban­quet. You have to work un­de­terred by crit­i­cism and un spoilt by praise and keeps your body, speech and mind fo­cus­ing only on your tar­get to serve oth­ers.

If the grad­u­ates from var­i­ous cour­ses work hard, Ly­onpo said, “Cer­tainly you will be cher­ish­ing that mo­ment”.

Since, the Bhutanese peo­ple are very much in­ter­ested to study in Aus­tralia, the Am­bas­sador of Aus­tralia to Bhutan His Ex­cel­lency Pa­trick Michael Suck­ling said, the num­ber of Bhutanese who wanted to go for study in Aus- tralia in­creased by 245 per­cent in the last year and the num­ber of peo­ple who wanted to study through self fund­ing had in­creased dras­ti­cally in the last two years. The av­er­age num­ber of Bhutanese peo­ple com­ing to Aus­tralia was about 200 to 300 .

More­over, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Bhutan and the Aus­tralia would tighten by hy­dropower, tourism and the agri­cul­ture, said the Am­bas­sador. In adding that, he said, Aus­tralia has been pro­vid­ing strong sup­port in the ed­u­ca­tion for Bhutan, and be­sides that we also pro­vide op­por­tu­nity to work.

Direc­tor- Gen­eral of the in­sti­tute Karma Tsh­er­ing said, past and present post grad­u­ate diploma stu­dents, you are amongst the best and go on to the excel. Diploma stu­dent you are still very pop­u­lar with the em­ploy­ers, im­press them fur­ther and to the mas­ter stu­dents, you have ven- tured and cre­ated his­tory and fi­nally to the fac­ulty mem­bers, you are the light and con­tin­ued to be the source of en­ergy and in­spi­ra­tion.

While, the three mas­ter pro­grams were of­fered by the in­sti­tutes namely; Mas­ter in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MPA), Mas­ter of Man­age­ment (MM) and the Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and it was started in the in­sti­tute part­ner univer­sity with Univer­sity of Can­berra, Aus­tralia.

Mean­while, 275 stu­dents had grad­u­ated from var­i­ous cour­ses within 2013 to 2014 from RIM.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Hon’ble Speaker of Na­tional Assem­bly Ly­onpo Jigme Zangpo, the Am­bas­sador of Aus­tralia to Bhutan His Ex­cel­lency Pa­trick Michael Suck­ling, and Deputy Dean for fac­ulty of Busi­ness Prof. Ma­ree Theresa Sains­bury, Lopen from Zhung Drat­shang and the Se­nior Govern­ment of­fi­cial.

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