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10:40 May 12 2009

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College graduates serve Tibet as village officials
10:28, May 12, 2009  

In 2008, Tibet launched a move to send college graduates to local government offices below the county level, in a bid to lessen the difficulty facing fresh graduates in job-hunting and help develop the rural economy.

A total of 284 college graduates were enrolled to serve Tibet's regional government institutions below the county level like the village neighborhood committee.

Li Qianqian, a college graduate working in Donggar Township, Doilungdeqen County, Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet, talks with a Tibetan woman, Feb. 6, 2009. Tibet plans to arrange 300 university graduates to work in the regional government institutions below the county level. To date, there have been 1,400 applicants. (Xinhua Photo)

Tsephel, is one of those "village officials."


Graduating in last August, he was sent to the Xiangda Neighborhood Committee of Daglung Township, Nanggarze County, southeast Tibet's Shannan Prefecture, as an assistant to the Party branch secretary.

Unfamiliar surroundings, crude dwelling, and a lonely life nearly backed down this young guy.

"I didn't expect to go to the countryside at first, and I found it's hard to adapt to life here. But later, what I did in the village has really changed my life. It helped me realize my dream of learning more about the people there." Tsephel said with emotion.

Once, a villager came to the committee to have a letter of certificate written down, but he failed to find clerks in that busy farming season.

"When I myself sent the letter of certificate to the villager's family, his delight really moved me. At that moment, I suddenly had a strong sense of responsibility. I determined to do more practical things for people," said Tsephel.

"Since then, I have kept my faith to take roots in countryside and contribute my bit to grass-roots work," he added. "Now I have chumed up with many villagers. I love this land where I will steel myself all along."


In October 2008, a heaviest-ever snowfall hit many areas in Tibet, including Shannan, Nyingchi, Qamdo and Nagqu prefectures.

The Xiangda Neighborhood Committee suffered great losses in this snow disaster.

Tsephel, with other village officials and Party members, went to every household to investigate the destruction caused by the disaster and helped people to tide over this difficulty.

Dekyi, a Tibetan college graduate working in Neqoin Township, Doilungdeqen County, Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet, discusses work with her colleagues, Feb. 6, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

"In a vast expand of snow-land, breath and sweat would be frosted soon under the temperature of ten degrees below zero centigrade. But none of us complained a little bit," he recalled.

"We swallowed snow when thirsty or ate cold glutinous rice cakes when hungry. Even so, we all just had the same goal to minimize people's property loss."

"When everything was properly arranged for the placement of those calamity-stricken people, I completely forgotten all hardships we had met before," Tsephel said.

Each time when talking of snow disasters, Dawa, whose family was hit worst, would express his gratitude to governments and the Communist Party of China (CPC):"At any crucial moment, only the CPC and governments are people's strongest support."

"To feel needed makes me feel the happiest. In spite of lower rank, we fresh graduate working in village institutions can also bring out our talents and discover our own value through what we did for farmers and herdsmen," said Tsephel with a smile.


"The time here is really a good opportunity for me to toughen my spirit and courage. No matter what difficulty crops up in the future, I will dedicate myself to this area, for Tibet's prosperity, stability and harmony."

Tibet Daily contributed to the story.


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