HM grants au­di­ence to schol­ar­ship stu­dents

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - An­jana Subba

11 March 2015, Thim­phu: His Majesty The King granted an au­di­ence to 174 stu­dents who re­ceived schol­ar­ships to study abroad af­ter ex­celling in their Class 12 ex­am­i­na­tions.

His Majesty The King con­grat­u­lated the stu­dents for their achieve­ments so far, and said that they must now com­pete and excel among stu­dents from all over the world. His Majesty ad­vised them to con­tinue to work hard and be­come ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­u­als, who can con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and the na­tion.

His Majesty re­minded the stu­dents that along with aca­demic ex­cel­lence, it was vi­tal for in­di­vid­u­als to be emo­tion­ally in­tel­li­gent in or­der to suc­ceed in life.

“What we call “Driglam-choe­sum”– the man­ner with which we work, com­mu­ni­cate, in­ter­act and be­have with each other, is a pre­cious le­gacy, safe­guarded and passed on for gen­er­a­tions by our an­ces­tors, and there is great wis­dom in it,” His Majesty said.

“The Bhutanese have high emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, be­cause we have been brought up with Driglam-choe­sum. As a re­sult, we have safe­guarded and pro­tected our coun­try suc­cess­fully for mil­len­nia. If we value our cul­tural le­gacy, and rec­og­nize its im­por­tance, we will con­tinue to suc­ceed, as in­di­vid­u­als and as a Na­tion.”

His Majesty also re­minded the stu­dents that as am­bas­sadors of our cul­ture, peo­ple and na­tion, they must rep­re­sent the coun­try well wher­ever they go.

His Majesty then told the stu­dents three things about Bhutan that they must al­ways bear in mind:

Our coun­try is a jewel of the world– it is a coun­try blessed by Guru Rin­poche and Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel, and has al­ways re­mained a proud sovereign na­tion, where the peo­ple en­joy hap­pi­ness and peace to­day due to the labors of our an­ces­tors.

If we are to con­tinue to safe­guard all that is pre­cious and spe­cial about our coun­try in the 21st cen­tury, our jour­ney ahead will not be with­out chal­lenges. His Majesty said that we have to work harder than we ever have if we want to leave an even bet­ter le­gacy.

Fi­nally, His Majesty said that our great­est strength and our big­gest chal­lenge is the same-our small pop­u­la­tion. We must make up for what we lack in wealth and re­sources with tal­ent. But be­ing small also means that we have the ad­van­tage of speed. Ev­ery­thing that we do can be done faster, bet­ter and more ef­fi­ciently than any other coun­try. But as a small coun­try with limited wealth and re­sources, we can­not af­ford to have the prob­lems that large coun­tries face.

His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyalt­suen then spoke to in­di­vid­ual stu­dents over tea.

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