RIM celebrated its 28th years of Service to Nation
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.