Thursday, 19 November 2015 0 comments

Bhutanese Youth and The Entrepreneurship Programmes


With the globe facing youth unemployment crisis, Bhutan is not an exception. The results of the Labor Force Survey (2009), has found that the unemployment rate has jumped to 4 percent and more than 80 percent of them are youth between the ages of 15 and 25. As youths are facing unemployment problem, youth entrepreneurship has come into the action. Entrepreneurs create jobs, increase innovations, raise competition and responsive to change economic opportunity (Francis, 2004). Entrepreneurship activities is a huge platform where every individuals can be engaged and make their life meaningful and successful. However, Bhutanese youth still find difficulties in taking up private entrepreneurship programmes today due to the lack of particular skill and specialization, mismatches between their education and the demands of activities, less encouragement from family and friends, lack of social and financial supports and the lack of proper working place.

Though there are many entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship activities in the country, Bhutanese youth still finds difficulties in engaging themselves in such activities due to the lack of particular skills and specialization in the related filed. Though, youth have their own capability and skills to do the work in the certain field, they still lack behind due to the lack of the experience which the entrepreneurs tend to demand from the youth and fresh graduates. These are some of the questions which the youth and fresh graduates are looking answers for and if urgent call and emphasis is given on the issue, it would not take long to solve the problem (Yangdon, 2013).

Youth finds difficulties in engaging themselves and work under a good entrepreneur because they think that they do not have an adequate skills and ideas about the specific subjects and feel unsecure to take up the entrepreneurship activities though they have the capability. Youth should know that the skills can be only gained if one decides to take the first step and learn gradually. Bhutanese youths hesitate to take the first chance and entrepreneurs keep searching for experienced one which they may not find and in this way unskilled youths remains as unskilled and unspecialized.

Most of the Bhutanese youth assumes that there is no adequate private entrepreneurs in the nation where they can get engaged, but the fact is that Bhutan do have lots of entrepreneurs. According to the graduate programme for the design entrepreneur (2014), there are 63 local entrepreneurs, creating a total of over 200 employment opportunities nationwide. One of the most popular entrepreneurs of Bhutan is the Loden Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, Though there are lots of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship programmes in the nation, youth still find difficulties in engaging themselves in such programmes because there is a mismatches between their education and the demands of the activities.

In the education system in Bhutan, many of the students do not get the chance to learn about the entrepreneurship activities and how to go about it, if one fails to get a job related to one’s qualification. Most of the Bhutanese youths are unaware of the entrepreneurship activities as they are not advocated and they have not practiced in the school level and even in some of the university level. It likely seems that the Bhutanese education system is lagging in making the youths capable as the youths are not encouraged to take the entrepreneurship activities during the school level and they faces difficulties while they try to join the entrepreneurship activities. There is a need of encouragement and the supports from government for the students, both school and college for going to do the voluntary works and internships while they are in schools and colleges so that youth are well informed about the entrepreneurship activities (Penjor, 2014).

In Bhutan, youths are not much encouraged by the family and friends to take the entrepreneurship activities, so they lack the supports from the family and friends. It is evident that Bhutanese youths do not want to take up activity involving hard labour but given proper guidance and encouragement it should not be a challenge to take up the entrepreneurship activities (Subba, 2014). Most of the Bhutanese families are uneducated and they have very less and some do not have any idea about the entrepreneurship so they never try to encourage their children take a job which they do not know and heard of. They only wants their children to be in civil services as doctors or engineers. On the other hand, friends also do not give much supports in joining the entrepreneurship. So, even if some youths have genuine interest to take the entrepreneurship, by looking at their families and friends responds they would not like to join it and change the decisions.

Youths are likely to have less access to the financial issues and they tend to have less idea about       the financial problems related to the entrepreneurship programmes and business managements. The average cost of an entrepreneurship programme startup in 2004 was estimated to US$54,000 (Gem, 2004). Hence, if youth entrepreneurs are financially constrained, the result might be that the business would not be sustainable because undercapitalized businesses are more likely to fail (Storey & Greene, 2008).

To run a business or an entrepreneurship programme smoothly by a youth, one should have a good financial plan or the financial supports or else the programme is likely to collapse after sometime if the finance is not managed properly. If one wants to take any initiatives such as conducting social awareness, run a simple business or run a simple entrepreneurship programme, financial investment is required. Therefore, sometimes youths are not able implement their important ideas or proposal though they have willingness and good confidence because of the lack of good financial supports. Due to the lack of seed finance to initiate a business or an entrepreneurship programme some youths significant ideas remain unheard leading to youth’s inactive participation.

Entrepreneurship programmes are very young programmes in Bhutan and many of the youths as well as adults are unaware about it. We have very less entrepreneurship programmes in the country till date as compared to the other nations. Therefore, all the youths may not be likely to get engaged in the existing programmes so there is a lack of proper working place. There is a need of more entrepreneurship programmes in the country which will lead to more youth’s active involvement and even solving the unemployment cries in the nation. One of the most renowned entrepreneurship programmes in the country is the Loden Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme. This programme is known all over the nation as the programme is engaging hundreds of Bhutanese youths and making an entrepreneurship programme better place to work. There is a still need of such enthusiastic entrepreneurship programmes in the country, so that more youths can get the opportunities to work in such entrepreneurship programmes and enhance their capabilities. To have a proper working place is very important since it is the place where the youths can show their capability and explore more gradually.


So, with the nation facing employment crisis, youth entrepreneurship program is becoming active in Bhutan, but Bhutanese youth still finds difficulties in engaging themselves in such programmes. Bhutanese youth faces the problems such as the lack of specific skills and the mismatches of their qualification demands of the work they want to do. Some youth lack in taking entrepreneurship activities because of the poor supports from the family and friends. Some youth cannot initiate the programmes though having good ideas due to the lack of social and financial supports and the lack of proper working place. Though youths are facing various obstacles in engaging themselves in the entrepreneurship programmes, there can be solutions for every difficulties and youth need to look for the solutions walk forward. There is a need of youth’s active participation and government’s active supports for the entrepreneurship programmes in the country to make the country better place to work.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015 0 comments

The Historic Moment of JNP


Yesterday and today are very special days for all of us, the jnp family. The occasion was celebrated for the official inauguration of B.E Power Engineering, the very first degree programme introduced at JNP in the history of Jigme Namgyal Polytechnic. The honorable lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay officially inaugurated the programme and officially declared the new name of the institute which was kept secret and unknown for quite long time and we were really curious to know the new name of the institute. Another historic moment was the institute getting its name changed from the Jime Namgyal Polytechnic (JNP) to the Jigme Namgyal Engineering College (JNEC) in the history of JNP.



I think that we the 2015 and 2014 batches are the luckiest batches of the JNP as we got the privilege to be known as the Polytechnic students as well as will be known as the JNEC students. The batches before us and after us will never get privilege to be known as both JNP and JNEC students so, I consider myself as one of the luckiest student and luckiest batch. We know how we felt as the Polytechnic students and how we feel as the Engineering College students.


To make the day more remarkable there was a showcase of science exhibition, showing the innovation of students and the book fair presenting various types of engineering books and literature too. The two days celebration kept, so that everyone around can make a visit to the college and make the moment more remarkable. The 27th of Oct 2015 will always be a special day in the history of Jigme Namgyal Polytechic. I think we will be missing the remarkable name ‘Polytechnic’ always.

 




The celebration was good and successful and we all are happy with the new name of the institute but at the same time as I said earlier, we all will be missing the 'Polytechnic' as we already got connected with it.
Sunday, 25 October 2015 0 comments

The unheard voice of an old woman


I was going for my morning class, while I saw few officials standing behind one of the offices gate. An old lady came there and she started to talk with them. It seems like the officials were denying the old lady for something and I felt quite curious to know what is happening there. I was quite far from the reach of their voice; I put my few steps towards them so that I could hear their conversations clearly. I was watching them form the unknown distance and listening to their talk. The old lady was requesting to the officials to let her in from the gate as she wanted to pay back the credits to her friends who were staying inside the compound. She was requesting them time and again but the impolite officials were refusing her all the time.

Then one of the officials asked her that what kind of credits was she talking about and as an answer to his question, she simply replied ‘credit for the half kg of potatoes’. The officials found her answer quite humorous and talked among them what will be the cost of half kg potatoes, if one kg cost only Nu 25? But they forgot to think that maybe she might have more to be paid and that half kg of potatoes is only the thing as far as she could remember. They said to the old lady that they will pay for her and asked her the money. She agreed with them and took out her money to give it to them, and I could see few 100's notes rolled inside one 500 note.

After few minutes, one woman came down to the gate with a basket of chillies on hand and smile on her face. She gave the basket of chillies to the old lady and talked with her for few minutes. After their talks, the old lady decided to return back to her home. The officials were still watching them talking from the behind.

As soon as she started to walk back, I could see few women coming down again with some vegetables on their hands. When they reached at the gate, the old lady had already walked about fifty meters away from them. The first woman tried to call her many times but she never turned back, maybe she doesn’t want to. The women there kept their vegetables in-front of the gate and they were waiting for the old lady to come back.


By the time I realized, I was getting late for my class so, I quickly run to attend my class. At 12 noon our class got over and I was returning back to my resident from the same path that I took during the morning, and when I reached in-front that gate, the vegetables were still lying in-front of the gate as the old lady never came back.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015 0 comments

The unknown moment

That was a thing which had never happened with me before. I used to consider myself as a tough man with a strong heart to overcome everything silly emotions that comes into our daily life but I think I'm not strong as much as I think.

It was our second week at the jnp(polytechnic) and we were to attend a week long human value workshop which is conducted all over the RUB colleges in Bhutan. we, all the first year students were divided into six groups and I was in group one. Fortunately our group was lead by our director sir who is a really enthusiastic person.

First time when I heard about the workshop I thought that it will be like a briefing session but I wrong. On the first day, director sir started with his presentation and I was at the back still wondering, what is he actually trying say, but the days passed gradually and the session went better and better and on the last day I felt like the days have passed so quickly.

I don't remember whether it was 4th or 5th day, director sir was presenting and explaining us about being happy from the slides. we all were along with him but suddenly, I don't know what stroke into my mind. I started feeling quite heavy and went into deep thoughts though I was virtually listening to the director's speech but I was lost actually.

After few minutes when I realized myself, tears were striking my eyes. Then again I thought oh! What's wrong with me. I tried hard to prevent my tears rushing down through my eyes by taking long breath and looking up at the sciling without the notice from the nearest friends but after few minutes I couldn't hold myself so I quickly came out of the hall and rush to the washroom where I could quickly wash my face and refresh myself.

That sort of thing happened with me for the first in my entire life and I was wondering myself and again without anybody's notice I quietly went back to my seat and I'm still not sure what had happened to me on that day, may be I was missing my parents, may be I was worried about my future, may be I was feeling sorry or may be I was overloaded with the human values, I still don't know....
Sunday, 13 September 2015 5 comments

Was a Memorable day

It is always good to be out with our friends. Today, the 30th day of the Bhutanese calendar is considered as the auspicious day and few of my friends had made a plan to visit the beautiful Dewathang’s Shedra or we can call it as Zangtopelri (the heavenly land). I was invited to go with them and I was happy actually as I always wanted to visit that Shedra ever since.



The Shedra is really popular as it is founded and headed by His Eminance Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. Unfortunately he was out of station today, but felt blessed to see his throne there. 


 

 Everything up there was extremely beautiful, the beautiful golden colored enormous Sherada, the statues, the sculptures, paintings, the way they welcome us and explain the hidden stories behind every sculptures and statues, scenarios, flowers, ponds, deer,  Rinpoche’s palace and everything there attracts the eyes of visitors. It really was a life time experience and opportunity to visit the place.



 It is one the best place that I have ever visited and I will be happy to visit it time and again. We all were really happy up there and excited to capture everything that comes along with us. It really was a heavenly land I should say. In short, we all had a great time up there….





Thursday, 13 August 2015 0 comments

Welcome Show

Yesterday night was a very refreshing night for all of us, the first year students and the night was for us especially. We had a very enthusiastic welcome show given by our seniors. We, all the fresher had a very great moment watching them presenting us with the beautiful and various dance forms in a well decorated stage. I really enjoyed watching the show and all the performance were good.

welcome speech
welcome dance









Though having a busy schedule, they have managed to present us the best they could do and that made me happy deeply. Before the real show, I could see them practicing till the late night with all their efforts and cooperation leaving their many works to be done and that impressed me actually.



After few days, we have a return show again by the fresher and I’m quite worried about that. As we all are new to this institute and hardly knowing any orientation of the institute and hardly knowing the new friends out here, we are still in dilemma.



I don’t know how the new friends will give their cooperation for the upcoming show as no one is willing to dance from the class. May be they are feeling uncomfortable as they are new to the place and because of that class representative is having a tough time selecting the dancers.



I’m just wondering how they‘ll turn up for the practice but hoping that everyone‘ll give their best cooperation and make a good and presentable item at the end. I’m just hoping that everything will go as it should and not to embarrasses the second year’s students and especially the director sir.





Thursday, 6 August 2015 0 comments

Welcome matches at Jnp

Yesterday we had a thrilling welcome matches between the first and second years, both girls and boys. First match was played between the girls. At the first sight we thought that our first year girls are playing a losing battle but they played well and lost by only one goal though the second year’s girls were all good players. We really enjoyed the girls match.



The second match was played between the first year boys and the second year’s boys. Though our first year boys were selected through the lucky tip system and playing for the first time in a new ground, they played well, I should say. The second year’s team were all set and our team members don’t even knew the team members name and calling ‘charo! charo!’ while playing was quite fun. 

Boys team


At the initial the match went so well and the second year’s boys were having quite tough time against the first year’s team but unfortunately we lost by three goals at the end, so sad but they could at least score one goal and made all the first year students proud.



Though it was friendly match, it was quite thrilling and interesting too. As an audience accompanied our Director sir, we all had a great time watching them playing.




Sunday, 2 August 2015 0 comments

That was a surprise!

That was actually a surprise for us, for the first year student. I don’t know about the other colleges of RUB but here at the JNP it has become like a custom that every year all the Nepali or Lhotshampa students from the first year and second year hold a gathering. Yesterday evening, we all the nepali students were asked to gather in our college dining hall at 4:30 and I was just wondering, what is that and why? So, I quickly changed my dress and went there to attend the programme but when I reached there, I could see only the second year students, all new faces.



I waited there chatting with the seniors and after few minutes first students arrived gradually and we were asked to get into the hall. I was thinking that the non-nepali will also be attending the programme but surprisingly there was none inside. Seeing all the second year’s nepali brothers and sisters made me feel glad. When the programme coordinator gave his well-come speech in nepali language, I felt really glad to hear our own language in a mass. Suddenly, I felt truly glad and happy.



Then we had a formal introduction session in nepali and I was feeling glad to hear everybody speaking in nepali. Some were speaking pure and some with all the hands and legs missing but that was fun. Every year they celebrate the Dassai and Depawali grandly here with all the supports from the Director sir and the faculties of the JNP. Before coming to the JNP, I was quite sad thinking that this year I’ll not be able to celebrate with my parents as I used to and was just thinking that I’ll go to one of the hotels with some friends and celebrate it but after hearing these I’m happy and curious. Hope we’ll enjoy a lot. The gathering really made my day yesterday.





Friday, 24 July 2015 5 comments

My first day at jnp

Finally after a long journey I reached here at my destination jnp( Jigme namgyal polytechnic). It was my longest journey ever and I'm happy that I have reached here safely with all the blessing from my mom and my well wishers.

Hostels
IT block


Now its been four days here at jnp and I'm still feeling like the very first day, unknown. In a blink eye four days passed here without even knowing and seeing who is the director, deans and the faculties of the college. Yesterday evening we had a briefing session by the chief provost(warden) and there I could see the huge mass of freshers at once for the first time and we almost occupied the whole mph.

Civil block
Adm block






This is my first steep towards my future and I know that I'll be facing lots and lots of obstacles on my way but keeping the will to overcome that all.



With friends

There is still many many things to know about the jnp and go along with it. And again experiencing the hostel life for the first time is quite tough for me here but with the hope that everything will be fine gradually. In 32 acres of compound without knowing from where it starts and where its ends, we had a very tough grass cutting session today morning and it's only the begining.
Saturday, 18 July 2015 0 comments

At Pling

Now it's been two days busy shopping 🏬 of my college stuffs and I'm still not done with it. I have scanned almost whole Phuntsholing and Jaigong searching for a good stuffs at the reasonable prices but having tough time getting the desired things even in this much big town ☹.



Today is the last day for the shopping and stay in Phuntsholing. And if I'm not done with it today then I'm dead. Tomorrow morning at around 5:00 am I'll be crossing the West Bengal and Assam duar. And hop to reach Samdrup Jongkhar(deothang ) safely. This is my longest journey ever and I'm hopping for best.

Expressing my own thoughts

 
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