The Beacon of Hope

Graduates return to their respective ministries and agencies rejuvenated after Audience with His Majesty

l  Rinchen Dorji, Thimphu


Just two days after arrival in the capital on August 24, 2017, from the 10 day Royal Tour of the Southern Dzongkhags of Chukha and Samtse, His Majesty the King, granted an audience to graduates of the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), yesterday at the Royal Institute of Management (RIM), Semtokha.

Galey Tenzin, a graduate of 2015, said that it is the greatest dream of every individual to meet His Majesty and hear the gracious advice personally. “I have dreamt and wished for it throughout my school days but in vain. During the NGOP orientation I was so excited when the organisers announced that we would be getting an audience from His Majesty,” he said, adding that “it was such a delightful day.” “The words of wisdom and merely the presence of His Majesty were so inspirational and motivational. I look forward to serving the nation in every way possible and fulfill the gracious wishes of His Majesty,” he said.

Kinley Wangmo, a graduate of 2016, said that it was a moment she looked forward to. “We know that His Majesty just returned from a ten day tour of the southern dzongkhags. His Majesty must be tired, but still our King found time to interact with us,” she said, adding that it speaks volumes about His Majesty’s love and care for all citizens, especially the youth. “It is a different experience to listen to the golden words of wisdom. It motivates us and ignites the flame to serve the nation selflessly,” she said.

Sonam Yangchen, another graduate of 2016 had come all the way from Samdrup Jongkhar for the “special occasion.” “I will never miss an opportunity to meet Our King. I would have waited for another week also,” she said, adding that she carries along with her, “very important messages and knowledge.” “I will definitely convey the Royal message to my colleagues in Samdrup Jongkhar,” she said.


Similarly, Prem Kumar Bhattarai, had come from Dagana dzongkhag, to “get the Royal blessings.” “I am really blessed,” he said, adding that only a very visionary King, could come up with an acronym called SMART. “Today, I have grasped the very essence of SMART, which is Sincerity, Mindfulness, Astuteness, Resilience, and Timelessness and understood how important these are for personal development, which would make us very productive citizens.”

Meanwhile, His Majesty The King arrived in Thimphu on August 24, 2017, following a 10 day Royal Tour of the Southern Dzongkhags of Chukha and Samtse.

A press release from the Royal Office for Media (RoM) said that His Majesty granted an audience to the retired armed force personnel at the Chukha Dzong on August 24, and to the students of the Gaeddu College of Business Studies, enroute to Thimphu.

His Majesty also visited Samtse Dratshang and granted an Audience to Dzongkhag officials of Samtse.

On August 23, 2017, His Majesty offered prayers at the Tashicholing Mandir and offered a Ganesh statue for the temple. His Majesty granted an Audience to the armed force personnel based in Tashicholing, and visited the Vocational Skills Development Centre for spouses of the armed forces personnel built by Project HOPE, a Royal Initiative which works for the welfare of armed forces personnel and their families across the country.

In Samtse, His Majesty visited the Shivalaya Mandir, which was built upon Royal Command, and consecrated in 2015 to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

His Majesty also granted Audiences to the students of Samtse College of Education, as well as the retired armed force personnel of Samtse dzongkhag, and officers from the Royal Bhutan Army and Royal Bhutan Police in Samtse.

In Phuentsholing, His Majesty graced the launch of the inaugural Foreign Service Programme of the Royal Institute of Governance and Strategic Studies. His Majesty also granted audience to regional heads of various government agencies based in Phuentsholing, and visited the Amochu Land Reclamation and Township Project.

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