Approximately 2700 participants of community service (KKN) on odd semester 2012/2013 University of Muhammadiyah Malang were released by Rector Muhadjir Effendy, Monday (6/25). The most participants were students on 2009 academic year. The KKN on this period would take place from 2nd of July up to 1st of August 2012.
Rector said, the community service had been occurred since 1987. The implementation of it continued to improve from time to time. On 2003, the community service involved the Muhammadiyah administrators in the branch and district of the KKN took place.
“Through the interactions with the Muhammadiyah administrators, I hope the students can be Muhammadiyah cadres and can maintain the reputation of university,” said Muhadjir.
Furthermore, Muhadjir expected, the KKN could be means to test how far the UMM cadres could come down and work together with the society. KKN was an activity to practice in facing daily problems and to sharp their social sensibility.
The release event was attended by PR I Prof Dr. Bambang Widagdo and PR 3 Dr. Diah Karmiyati, Vice Director of DPPM, and several Trainer field lecturers (DPL). The releasing was indicated by the wearing of KKN jacket as a symbol for the release of students to some districts in East java.
The coordinator committee Ir. Amir Syarifudin, MP explained, in the implementation of KKN, there would be officers unit (Satgas) and PCM who would monitor any programs of each groups. Thus, the students could perform their services in term of community empowerment in collaboration with the local Muhammadiyah.
“Meanwhile, the 6 fields that the developments are focused on are religion, economy, socio-culture, entrepreneurship, environmental and healthcare fields,” stated Amir.
The KKN today was different with the previous years. This year, it would emphasize on the illiteracy eradication program, establish Posyandu in Malang Raya, and collaborate with Damandiri foundation Jakata.
The participants were distributed on 13 districts and cities in East Java which consisted of 27 sub-districts and 93 villages. There were also 140 participants were joined special KKN. Some of them would be placed on Bawean and other locations assisted by DPPM UMM.
In addition, Amir said, there was a group that would be placed on Bawean; that was group 93. “Since there is a direct request from PCM to develop the human resources on Bawean, we provided it,” concluded Amir. (uci/nas/t_rys)