“Sir, I am calling from RUB. We would like you to do some work for us.”
“No. I am booked. What is the job anyway?”
“It is do the validation of a new program at Royal Thimphu College from 21 to 24.”
“Oh! Ok. If it is RTC.”
I did free myself. And for the past three days I have chaired the validation committee for a new communication degree at the RTC – a required process to provide an independent review to degree programs offered by the constituent colleges of the Royal University of Bhutan.
I also did free myself from prior commitments since RTC and RUB hold a dear place in my heart, as they opened their doors to me when I ventured into my third career – into the academia. I did it to return the favour and not for anything else.
Gratitude is something I have been taught from my childhood days, where growing up in an impoverished family, we had to depend on the kindness and generosity of our community.
As time passed, my life has been blessed with so many people, and institutions, who have helped me, shaped me, and form a big part of my being. One should never lose the humility to say I was helped.
And of course, it was so much fun to talk to the young students, who don’t hold back in terms of what they want, or have got from the college and the programme. It was also nice to work with three of my former colleagues from BBS and from Bhutan Times days – Jigme Thinley, Damber Ghimiry, and Kinley Tshering. It wasn’t fun to go through 262 pages of the document, though, but life, I guess, comes as package.
In all these experiences and young people I see hope for a better future of our country.
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