Head of Sub Directorate of Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education: Community Empowerment was Not Just An Abuse of Obligations

Author : Humas | Tuesday, February 19, 2019 09:37 WIB
Head of Sub Directorate of Community Empowerment of Kemenristekdikti, Suwitno, S.E. MM. (left). (Photo: Aan / PR)

In 2018, there were no less than 12 thousand service proposals that send to the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti). Even so, only 2 thousands of proposals passed. This was conveyed by the Head of Sub Directorate of Community Empowerment, Kemenristekdikti, Suwitno, S.E. MM.

This report was conveyed by Suwitno at the Senate Meeting Room at the University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) while conducting socialization on empowerment by lecturers on Saturday (1/16). Empowerment, he said, was an obligation that must be taken by lecturers in accordance with constitution number 20 of 2003 article 20 paragraph 2 concerning National Education System.

Although lecturer service was listed as an obligation, when empowering the community, the lecturer must also do it by eagerly wanting to bring better change. "So if it is only used as a means to abort obligations, it is very unfortunate," Suwitno said.

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"Many proposals are potential but cannot be marketable. That way is not funded, "explained Suwitno. This was because the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education selects very tight which one potential proposals or not. To boost it, Suwitno hoped that Kemenristekdikti can cooperate with universities.

Suwitno said Kemenristek Dikti needed universities with the title of good in empowerment to help accelerate the mapping of community needs. UMM through the Directorate of Research and Community Service (DPPM) had a good report card because of the highest number of funded proposals.

The UMM proposal funded by Kemenristekdikti was mostly in East Java, which was 34 proposals. Evaluation from Kemenristekdikti UMM received a very good predicate in community empowerment. "This is because UMM has many assisted villages," explained Prof. Dr. Ir. Sujono, M.Kes as Director of DPPM-UMM. (Win)



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