Students said losing one whole year after studying for three years and to wait for another year to attend Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) exams and the National Graduates Orientation Program (NGOP) is a huge loss for the students in terms of precious time.
“Every year or month is precious given the shrinking job market and the increased level of competency,” said Tshering Peldon an SMU final year student.
“RCSC have not bothered about us and our academic schedules” said another SMU student.
Last year exams for the final year were conducted on 31 July which ended by first week of August whereas this year it was conducted only on 5 August which would end only by 13 August.
An SMU student Representative of SMU in Darjeeling Rinzin Norbu said he and his colleagues requested the Bhutan Government regarding the issue but could not get proper network for a more elaborate discussion. Later they requested their board who directed them to request Bhutan government.
“If the Bhutan government doesn’t care, why you would expect from us,” he quoted what his proprietor said.
Palden Phuntsho, a final year student of SMU, studying in IT & Management College with major in Bachelors of Computer Application (BCA) is still writing his board examinations which is likely to end in a couple of days.
“It has been unfair to hold the PE this early. It is not fair for us students here,” he said.
Unlike SMU students in Darjeeling, students under the same board such as in Kalimpong and Siliguri were lucky enough to make it for the PE and NGOP after the requisition made to the SMU board.
It was said SMU students do their exams online which is why their requisition were accepted by the University whereas Darjeeling students have to do it in the usual form due to untimely power failure.
Rinzin Norbu said “this is a message to the juniors and their parents not to join or let their children join such university which is problematic and forces one to lose a precious year’s time”.
The Director of RCSC Dorji Tshering said we have looked into the schedules of the in-country colleges as well as Indian colleges and for most colleges, students graduated in the month of June or July.
He said schedules were prepared since March and announcements were made well in advance so that students will know about the requirements from the online registration till result declaration and its appointment.
“We have also put it on our website and that’s how we schedule our whole exam not only PE,” he added.
The RCSC Director said “It will be difficult for RCSC to cater to the needs of every college outside Bhutan”.
He said based on request of one college we cannot postpone RCSC exams since Bhutanese students are spread all over India, Thailand, Australia, America and Europe.
“RCSC cannot accommodate the academic schedules of all those colleges,” he said.
Learning that around 30 SMU students were left out “we have captured majority since the number of students registered for PE is around 2623,” he said.
The labor ministry has recorded 3075 graduates who registered online for NGOP.