01 April, 2015


Today's generations are fortunate in a number of ways, many are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Everything flows like a running river to the ocean of their wishes. Parents have been projected as wish-fulfilling gods and goddesses. Not all  but many categorically fit to it, especially the urban borns. There is nothing wrong, it's just that we're witnessing a ride on the wings of change.  Literally, an axis of our practice is tilted along the lines of progress being brought about by the development. I construe nothing faulty and guilty here.  

It was 6th January 2015, the 19th Birth Anniversary of a girl. At the eve, she's too happy to wait for the dawn to break for the day. The night slipped to give away for the day, and it's her Birthday. She is turning 19, the sun of her teenage is on its horizon to sink below the mountains. She rejoiced that the most awaited day has finally come and it's already evening. She's happy that she could make to her 19th despite the jaws of death already present on the day of her delivery. It's hugely gratifying to see one walk out of the bed breaking through the night. It's a miracle. Thank god! She calls her parents to give him a sum of money to throw a sumptuous dinner to her friends to celebrate the day. She found  no reason why her parents would decline her request, after all, those 18 birthdays have passed doing the same thing over and again. To her surprise, parents decline saying that she needn't celebrate her Birthday as it is a huge affair financially and she is already adult under the eye of law. Celebrating birthday is childish. She breaks down on call and it's over, and no Birthday. 

Sad that she couldn't decorate her Birthday. She couldn't laugh on her Birthday. She couldn't get Birthday Gifts that her friends have to offer should the dinner get along.
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Listen folks to the wise words from His Eminence, the 19th Khamtrul Rinpoche. Last Sunday, I was blessed to be partaking along with Dharma brothers and sisters who wanted to celebrate Rinpoche's Birthday as a token of gratitude for his tireless effort to spread and keep alive the Drukpa practices in the world. Rinpoche was requested to give a talk and here is what  he said, "Many friends and families bring Birthday gifts. I have explicitly requested anyone coming here today not bring a gift for me.  If you want to gift me, give me what I like. If you bring what I don't like, it isn't a gift for me. What I like as a gift is that you can make a difference in someone's life. That's the greatest gift for me. I don't see any reason that I deserve to be gifted on my Birthday. It was the day I was born, I couldn't talk, and I made my mother cry. I made her stomach big for nine months and let her carry me along, it was a burden on her. It was a day I did nothing than being a problem, I haven't accomplished anything on that day. There's nothing worth that I should be gifted. Rather, I feel otherwise. On my Birthday, I should thank my parents and families for giving all kind of love and care. On my Birthday, I should call my parents and thank them for all of their love and care that I received. I think, I should present gift to my parents. I should celebrate the day to pay my gratitude and not otherwise”.

I couldn’t agree more to Rinpoche’s gold plated words about Birthday celebration. I think it should be otherwise as Rinpoche nailed precisely. So, what do you say? I am for it.

Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 | Categories:

27 February, 2015

Cutting intake of teachers to aggravate unemployment problems

I could still hear the echos of pledges that the present Government made to zero the staggering unemployment figure. They've pledged colossally which to their favor translated into votes, ascending them to the governance. The people harbored mammoth expectations that the Government would honor all of it. However, things aren't happening as pledged and people's expectations are receding ashore. Many hopes will have to encounter a fatal fate, albeit a few getting green signals.  One of the pledges to bring full employment is succumbing to ill fate, when the Government could no longer absorb more than half of the B.Ed graduates trained for becoming teachers. For 200 plus B.Ed graduates, it is really worrying as they are rendered helpless and cornered by Royal Civil Service Commission. There are  handful vacancies which would come as a shock absorber from private schools, but they might come wrapped with the underscoring criteria of a few years experience in teaching which many of them doesn't possess. Along with these unemployed B.Ed graduates, their parents who expected and were shielded from worries of unemployment would get entrapped into the whirlpool of unemployment.
Disappointed B.Ed graduates
For this reason, the belief that the Bhutanese are good planners is untrue. This rather is indicative of miserable failure of proper planning. Where has planning gone wrong, the B.Ed graduates are inducted into training as per Human Resource Plan. Unless we are able to find glitch spot, the problem of unemployment would be a national conundrum. Why suddenly such major surgery is prescribed by RCSC despite the fact that they were trained teachers to be inducted into Royal Civil Service Commission on completion. Until this time, B.Ed graduates were guaranteed employment. But why not today?

Has the Government or RCSC thought of any alternatives in employing them? Are the curriculum and pedagogy of B.Ed program tailored so that they can compete to seek employment in private and corporate sectors along with any other graduates? These are questions that RCSC or government have to answer. If the practice of recruiting teachers were that of other graduates, the issue would have been a trivial and not-talk-worthy kind of thing. But the kind of practice we do and training they're given during the program undisputedly deserves the Government's attention. I am totally against the decision of the Royal Civil Service Commission and silence of the present Government on this. The Government has to see it through the hearts of many unemployed graduates' parents. 

My humble submission to the RCSC and the Government is that there is a need for major surgery in the planning process of  Human Resource Requirement. This will solve an unemployment problem  in  lots of ways. I personally feel that there is a missing link in the process of planning for Human Resources Requirement. Please train required Teachers for teaching rather than imposing undue social problems. If seats were not enough to accommodate all the graduates, the information should have been passed four years back. More importantly, RCSC, RUB and the Government, please don't make the blunder by taking in huge number of students for B.Ed program. I think the Government and RCSC have to press second or third thought on this.

Smooth coordination among RCSC, RUB and the Government (MoLHR) is called for in a future to ward off such unemployment drought.

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 | Categories:
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