On 30th July 2020, the College organised the Award Ceremony for the graduating Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) students. Dasho Nidup Dorji, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan graced the ceremony as the Guest of Honour.
In his remark laden with wisdom and vision, Dasho said, you [graduates] have chosen to dedicate your life to the cause of education and there is a greater calling than becoming just a teacher. Dasho advised that working hard in the first years of career will make your life easier. The following were some of the key messages Hon’ble Dasho conveyed to the graduands, who were set to embark on their teaching career:
- There will be a lot of expectations from parents, relatives, society and the government and you all need to work hard to fulfil, if not all, at least some of these expectations.
- There are enormous challenges and one of the biggest challenges is providing relevant education to the youths.
- As beginner teachers, take the responsibility of being change agents in the way teaching-learning happen and should be concerned about how to make youths productive.
- The current practice of textbook-based teaching and learning will become obsolete and less meaningful and soft skills like creativity, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, and communications skills, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, etc. will become the primary demand of education in future.
The highlight of the Guest of Honour’s opening address to the graduands was that teachers must impart non-negotiable value systems to enable students to become good human beings. Dasho concluded his address by emphasising that as educators, it is not about what can and cannot be taught but is rather about teaching students about learning and becoming lifelong learners. As teachers themselves, the graduands were reminded that they must have a thirst and hunger to learn and keep learning and to ingrain it in them and teach the same to students.
Ms. Beenu Gurung (B.Ed Sec. Arts ‘A’), one of the graduating student valedictorians said that her joining the College was more by fate than by choice and her stay in the College has prepared her to be a responsible person in life. She also expressed to her graduating class that it is time for them to aspire to inspire before they expire. Mr. Nirmal Subba (B.Ed Sec. Science ‘B’), in his valedictory speech, stated that they are going to the field not just as teachers but real teachers. He further shared that to be mature means accepting responsibility and impressed upon his graduating friends to be exemplary as good learners to others.
Besides awarding students with academic excellence certificates and presentation of mementoes in recognition of their contributions as student leaders and other services to the College during their four years of education in the College, the evening also witnessed some interesting cultural programme presented primarily by the faculty and staff as a gesture of seeing off the graduating students. A few cultural items were also staged by the graduating students.
A total of 170 B.Ed students comprising of 64 students with B.Ed in Science, 61 students with B.Ed in Arts and 45 students in students with B.Ed in Primary Education were felicitated with Tashi Khadars by the College.
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