KKU responds to RSPG’s policy by holding the academic forum for lecturers and researchers with objectives to implement policy, provide conceptual framework, and take part in setting the research direction consistent in national policy
On August 9, 2019 at 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sirikunakorn Building, Research and Academic Services Department, Innovation and Enterprise Department, and collaboration center of Plant Genetic Conservation Project Under the Royal Initiation of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG) held the academic forum on research direction consistent in RSPG’s project. Asst. Prof. Penprapa Phetcharaburanin, Director of RSPG Collaboration Center from Khon Kaen University, delivered report speech to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Monchai Duangjinda, Vice President for Research and Academic Services who was the president of this forum. A lot of lecturers, researchers, and interested people participated in the forum.
The participants of the forum consisted of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Monchai Duangjinda, Vice President for Research and Academic Services; Dr. Piyarat Parinyapong Chareonsap, Secretary of the board of RSPG and Deputy Chief of RSPG for Academic Affairs; and Mrs. Benjamaporn Mamook, Public Relation Officer of Communication Affairs Division performing as a host. The research plan was discussed and categorized into 4 themes: microorganism by Asst. Prof. Dr. Jutaporn Sawaengkaew from the Faculty of Science, raising awareness by Ajarn Wirongrong Mongkonthum the Faculty of Science, the conserved species of Yang Na (Dipterocarpus alatus) by Dr. Ploenthip Puthongking from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and herbs by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Natthida Weerapreeyakul from Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Asst. Prof. Penprapa Phetcharaburanin said, “KKU has responded to the RSPG’s projects since 1997 and followed the framework as well as RSPG’s model scheme, 3 frameworks and 8 activities. KKU’s researchers from different faculties and areas of knowledge conducted the survey in resource protected areas in the northeast of Thailand and did the research on the development of Yang Na’s integration. The research in the resource protected areas was aimed to make best use of natural diversity found in Kokphutaka in Khon Kaen, Chulaporn Dam in Chaiyaphum, Ubonrat Dam in Khon Kaen, Huai Kum Dam in Chaiyaphum, Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani, Ubon Ratchathani Zoo, and Khon Kaen Zoo. The research objectives were to find how to make best use from plants, herbs, animals, microorganism, local wisdom, and increase the value of local products. Besides the research in resource protected areas, in the end of 2015 KKU also did the research on Yang Na, participated in RSPG’s project, and requested for approval accepting Yang Na as the 9th conserved plants of RSPG. KKU was the major party conducting research to find how to make best use of Yang Na for different fields of knowledge such as agriculture, science, social science, energy and engineering, and pharmaceutical including cosmetic science.”
“This forum is for conducting research on resources from upstream to downstream following KKU research policy responding RSPG’s projects. Lecturers, researchers, and interested people can attend and share their opinions to make the research achieve the research and national goals,” Asst. Prof. Penprapa said in the end.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Monchai Duangjinda said, “KKU has policy to support research projects responding to RSPG. At the beginning, the researchers had directly collaborated with RSPG, and the research budget had been supported by KKU until the research was in authority of Director of RSPG Collaboration Center from Khon Kaen University since 2007. The researchers’ dedication leads to the expansion of areas of knowledge, publication, and innovation development. The research does not only respond to the RSPG’s policy, but it is also beneficial to other researchers and students attending the forum. Moreover, it makes fame for the organization and provides benefits to community and the country.”
He continued, “Besides these research projects, KKU also supports other projects under the Royal Initiative such as organizing the 8th RSPG’s symposium and exhibition in 2015 and, founding National History Museum, establishing RSPG Collaboration Headquarter of the upper northeastern region, establishing RSPG Collaboration Center of Khon Kaen University, and supporting Upper Northeastern Higher Education Development Network. ”
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