Research and Community Service

Balikpapan – Rector of the Kalimantan Institute of Technology, Sulistijono said the campus he led opened an Appropriate Technology (TTG) consulting service for people who need the help of innovative tools that facilitate their daily activities.

"70 percent of our research funds are fully allocated for the creation of Appropriate Technology (TTG) that benefits the community," said Sulistijono when he was a speaker at the East Kalimantan Provincial Level Appropriate Technology IV Degree Workshop, at the Hakaya Hotel, Balikpapan, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

According to him, the presence of ITK, which has not been even a year in East Kalimantan, should have a positive influence on the surrounding environment. "The Tridharma of Higher Education (teaching, research, and community service) must be immediately carried out by the entire ITK academic community, both to business actors, the government, and ordinary people. This technology consulting service is a form of our commitment," said Sulistijono, who earned the title of professor in the field of Material and Metallurgical Engineering.

"What do you need in your area, consult us. We need input so we can make the right technology. All of that can be communicated. So there is a partiality of funding from the government and educational institutions in the community TTG," said Sulis. He invited residents to visit the Secretariat of the ITK Research and Community Service Institute (LPPM) held by Luh Putri Adnyani in Building A, ITK Campus. Consultations in the form of questions can also be asked via email to the itk public relations (humas@itk.ac.id).

In front of the workshop participants— consisting of representatives of village to provincial apparatus, Small-Medium Enterprises, and the TNI—Sulistijono gave an example, ITK recently collaborated with the Penajam Paser Utara Regency Government (PPU). Cooperation that is carried out and is ongoing such as the transfer of storage technology and processing of pure rubber into finished products or finished goods, so that people can get more benefits from their rubber production.

"ITK human resources are ready to accept questions and provide input to people who want to consult regarding problems in their environment. From bulletproof vests, palm oil processing technology, to organic solar cells we are able to make them," said Sulis.

According to him, the implementation of TTG should be preceded by identifying problems and potentials in the destination area, mapping them, and then choosing the most appropriate technology to solve existing problems.

"All stakeholders (business actors , governments, NGOs, and academics) must synergize to carry out their respective roles. It must not work alone. Determining the goal must be right, who is the object, not to be mistaken. So that the TTG can really be carried out," he said.

He invited the participants who attended to always innovate. Make useful updates. Because itk's accountability is not to academics, but to the greater, namely to the community.

(ITK/RJP Public Relations)

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