As the Autumn semester drew to a close, the College also bid farewell to three staff members.
Monorath Biswa, who joined the College in 1987 as a typist superannuated after completing 35 years of service to the Nation. The President, in his farewell speech, reminisced about meeting Manorath when he was a young 20-year-old man when he started working at the then National Institute of Education (NIE). Having studied in the Muenselling School for the Blind in Khaling in Trashigang, Monorath moved from being a typist and was working as a telephone operator. The President thanked Monorath for all the valuable contributions he made to the College in his 3-decades spanning career and commented that the commitment that he showed to the College is not undertaken by many others who join the civil service. He was presented with a Gold medal in recognition of his 30+ years of service.
The College also bid farewell to Phurba Singh Moktan, ICT Associate on his new venture under a different agency. Phurba is part of the ICT team that has a reputation for providing prompt and committed service to everyone in the college. Phurba, in his farewell speech, said working with the SCE family has been a true learning experience and that he is taking away lots of learnings, and he hopes he will be able to utilise this knowledge and skills in his new venture. The fraternity congratulated him for paving a better future for his family and wished him the best for his future.
Professor David Thomas and his wife Dr. Cynthia Thomas’s 6-months stay in the College as a Fulbright scholar also came to an end with this conclusion of the semester. During his stay, Dr David conducted numerous research workshops for both faculty and students alike, while Dr. Cynthia Thomas volunteered as a Science teacher at Samtse Higher Secondary Schools.
The President commended the pair on the high regard for the professionalism they highlighted towards the college and the very genuine respect they showed for Bhutanese culture. He also highlighted the numerous contributions made by the pair to the College and thanked them for their invaluable insights and optimistic outlook. Professor David Thomas stated that it has been a rare honour and privilege to visit Bhutan and that they will be taking parts of Bhutan because of all the stories they can now tell about the country.
The President presented each departee with a token of appreciation for their committed service to the College. The evening of celebration ended with a simple dinner for the Samtse College family.