His Majesty grants au­di­ence to grad­u­ates at­tend­ing NGOP

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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.

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