His Majesty grants audience to graduates attending NGOP
His Majesty The King spoke to the graduates attending the National Graduate Orientation Programme last Tuesday. Over 2,200 graduates are attending the programme this year. The programme is organized by the ministry of labour and human resources as an opportunity for graduates to meet leaders from various sectors and learn about national issues.
The National Graduate Orientation Programme is one of the many occasions during which His Majesty meets students from across the country. Besides visiting schools and institutions regularly as part of Royal Tours, His Majesty makes it a point to grant Audiences to students leaving the country for further studies, and during college convocation ceremonies for universities in Bhutan.
As a result, in the past 10 years of His Majesty’s reign, students from across the country have had the opportunity to meet their King numerous times and at different stages of their lives as they have grown to adulthood. This is a reflection of His Majesty’s abiding concern for the youth of our country, and the great emphasis His Majesty places on education.
“I consider this part of a conversation that we will have, as we continue to meet at various stages over the course of our lives. In this way, we will grow old together with the same objectives for our country.” His Majesty said.
“Our National Philosophy and Vision is Gross National Happiness (GNH). And the end objective of nation building is to en- sure that we have a just, equal and harmonious Bhutan, where all our citizens can lead safe, secure and prosperous lives. To meet these objectives, all our citizens must shoulder equal responsibility.” His Majesty said. “The central theme of my talk today is that we need capable, intelligent citizens. What we lack in numbers, we have to make up in talent. We will never go wrong by investing in making our people stronger, better and more prepared.” His Majesty added. “But capability alone is not enough– our youngsters must have integrity and must be predisposed to hard work, for these are important attributes in addition to education and capability.” His Majesty said.
“You are the guardians of our country’s peace, stability and harmony.” His Majesty said. “Our strength comes from the fact that we are small and nimble– we can do what no one else can. We can build consensus faster, and find ways to move forward together, having decided what is collectively good for us. Our size gives us a great degree of flexibility and adaptability.” His Majesty said. “You are the custodians of our universal cultural identity. Our identity must transcend political, religious, ethnic and all other differences in society, so that we can forge a common national identity as a proud Bhutanese.” His Majesty said.
“Your capabilities will shape the future of our beloved and most precious country.” His Majesty said.
“While all of you have completed formal col- lege education, you must never think that you have completed the process of learning. I too am continuously learning. I am learning the different languages of our country; I want to continue lessons in mathematics, and at a later stage I life, I want to learn ancient languages like Sanskrit. His Majesty said.\
Over and above my work, I want to keep learning so that I am a better King; so that I can be a better father; so that I can transfer my knowledge to my children and so that I am better prepared for the future. Invest in learning, and don’t ever say you have completed your learning– for it is a lifelong process.” His Majesty said.
The National Graduate Orientation program ended yesterday.