I applied for Master of Science in physics for the scholarship offered by Thailand Internal Cooperation Agency (TICA). I and many friends were short listed and did attend the selection interview. Some attending such interview first time, some for the second time and mine was for the third attempt. I did attend Trongsa Penlopship Scholarship interview in the year 2012 and left in the standby position. I also attended TICA scholarship interview in the year 2013 and landed nowhere in the list. This year also I did not give up my hope and attended TICA scholarship interview. Where there is will, there is a way, seems to be proven this time. I got through the selection interview and has been longing for the date of briefing and departure for my next journey of life. The only way to serve young minds of my country, the only journey that will build my nation, the only way to serve my king, country and people. The only opportunity I would get as a teacher.
However, after submitting required documents and completing all the formalities in the ministry and RCSC, we return to our school to continue our duties teaching as far as monggar but now what happened? We receive a call from the ministry stating that we are asked to submit IELTS certificate. I replied saying I am not having the certificate, what can I do but I was asked to call RCSC for further clarification. But many a time I ring to RCSC but did not receive my call. May be my friends were lucky they did contact RCSC. RCSC person told them they will inform the ministry after confirmation and ministry would contact us in person. We know that this criterion has not been mentioned in the scholarship announcement and also so far this was not needed at all because many of my friends has gone and even came back after doing master from Thailand. This is a situation where we cannot do anything because the date for IELTS test has been closed and if it is open then also we have to come all the way from Monggar leaving back hundreds of students’ behind. For the sack of doing we can come but then it should not affect hundreds of students’ for they are dream maker of the nation. Now I am in dilemma and all other friends too. Those got selected for TPS are departing for their studies to Thailand coming Thursday.
After being selected and completed all required formalities which were mentioned in the scholarship announcement, why this complication? I think our good and farsighted Ministry or RCSC must look into to discover the alternatives. Since our good office is dealing directly from country to country, ministry to ministry and directly with the institutes/universities, you can do it. If the ministry request providing other alternatives such as to submit ELPC (English Language Proficiency Certificate) or find a suitable date for the conduct of the test because since it is international sometimes we find dates are being closed for the year. On the contrary, we got selected and no doubt we have to opt for it. Once in a blue moon we are getting such opportunity and we cannot afford to rebuff our scholarship.
How my colleagues interpret on the complication of the scholarship? I am now very much scare and anxious of losing my scholarship because instead of inspiring and supporting me, they are convincing me saying that “May be there are candidates to whom they want to give the opportunity, If you do not have good background at the ministry level such complication is difficult to understand”. However, I am a man of will and determination, I trust ministry and RCSC in a country of good governance like ours, how can they afford to do that, no, I said because we have filled up the application form, done medical checked up and even by now our names might been reflected in the university. But I am thankful for those friends supporting me saying “no need to worry once you are selected, your scholarship will not be cancelled and ministry will find ways and means to send you anyway”. This is actually what my opinion about it. Why I am urging the alternatives from the ministry is many of us who are selected for the scholarship are not having IELTS certificate and more over I found it was anomalous that was out of the condition mentioned in the scholarship announcement aired on the RCSC website.
Moreover, I heard from those friends who went last year under same scholarship that we can also do the test after reaching down. And also I heard that RCSC is looking into to let the institute accept the ELPC provided by BCSEA. When such complications arises which is not reinforced before the selection and announcement, instead of worrying the candidates serving in the field, we have lot to do as a teacher. I found it is more convenient for RCSC and Ministry to do the justice.