One of my obsessions??? sounds like too much, isn’t it? That’s me, the one who always make a controversy against environment. When most of my classmates prefer to study pharmacology, I was the only one who highly interested in organic chemistry. I didn’t care what people thinking about me, weird, abnormal and mad, may be!!! He..he..he
I don’t know why I never feel comfortable what people normally did. I love to walk away to anywhere while people enjoying their cool air conditioner in their cars and I prefer to buy a book when people busy to upgrade their ‘hardware’. Laboratory is my favorite room to spend the whole of my week end while people having fun with their couples and families.
When I was teaching in School of Pharmaceutical Science, STIFAR”Yayasan Pharmacy” Semarang, Indonesia, I saw the monotone activity done every day. Students just had a class, practical, lab report and exam…that’s all. No activity relevant with their studies conducted to improve their knowledges, skills, networks and experiences,…it was not effective and sooo flat I thought. Actually, I saw some students had a talent to develop themselves but just nobody encourages them.
Later, I had initiative to do something, yaa…..a changing!!! And my goodness, at same time I got information letter from Indonesian High Education Board that they invited all high education institution to contribute by sending their students to apply the 2008 STUDENT CREATIVITY PROGRAM GRANT, one of area was research. No need to think longer, I went straight to announce this on information board. At the commencement of lecture, I always promoted and campaigned this to the class.
First time, no body aware, what a fuck of Mr. Maywan!!! I told to my co-staff about this, some of them supported but also doubted what I would to do, “Are you sure Maywan, our students??? Come on, wake up guys, we are private university, don’t to be TOO HIGH EXPECTATION!!”. I was just smiling such a fool, but I went through my way”Nothing impossible if we have a good will to do”.
No term”tired” for me to promote and campaign during one week, two weeks…. Finally, 3 students came to my office and asked regarding that program. What a happy I was!!! They told me that actually they were interested but they didn’t have experiences what they had to do while nobody could be asked. I told them”if you are serious I will be outstanding for you”. Later, I tried to motivate them slowly, step by step, to make sure that they could do it. And….. confirmed, they would!!!
Next, I gave an intensive briefing after office hours. What a so tiring, I have to start with INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODOLOGY & PHARMACY RESEARCH AREA. Even though chemistry was my major field but I won’t force them to ‘stereotype ‘ me. I said”Just be yourselves! Even you interest in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics or Biology Pharmacy, it doesn’t matter, I will back up you by all out. “ Finally, they chosen Pharmaceutical Technology as their interested one, but no idea there was.
Later, I searched internet to inspire what they could do, and done!!! FORMULATION OF LOZENGES FROM ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF MENIRAN HERBS (Phyllanthus niruri) AS IMUNOMODULATOR DOSAGE FORM. Then, I gave them an intensive tutorial about Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmacognosy and Drug Delievery System. We searched a lot of literature and they start to compose their proposals. The next day, I was so surprised that 12 students more, came to my office with the high spirits to join that program. OK…OK…OK!!! Suddenly, I was burning with my own spirits to create 4 research groups (3-4 members each group) representative of Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Technology, Organic Chemistry and Phytochemistry.
Some students of STIFAR who involved in Student Creative Program & my research project (REUNIAN, September 2009)
Next, it was born 4 research titles that ready to submit to Board, 1 title existed already and 3 more are:
- Effect of Soya (Soja max) Juice and Its Suspension toward Spermatogenesis of White Rats Orally as a New Chance of Male Oral Contraception (PHARMACOLOGY)
- Structure Elucidation of Potential Anticancer Chemical Constituent of Tembelekan Herbs (Centella asiatica) (PHYTOCHEMISTRY)
- Synthesis of Salicylic Acid Derivatives as Artificial Fragrants. (ORGANIC CHEMISTRY).
the stigmasterol constituent of soya bean has been regonized having male infertility effect
terpenoid constituent of lantana herbs can be proposed as a new anticancer drug
flavonoide glycoside presented in Phyllnatus herbs has been established as imunomodulator
some salycylic acid ester can be used as artificial fragrants
It was so tiring, I had to handle 4 groups with 4 different interestings, finally 3 of co-lecturers confirmed to help me assisting them, and I focused on Chemistry Groups. Last but not least, 4 proposals ready to be submitted, and MY GOODNESS all of them are qualified to get THE GRANT. And surprisingly, one (PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNOLOGY GROUP) of them was selected to be a candidate of NATIONAL HIGHEST EDUCATION STUDENT COMPETITION 2008 and STUDENT TECHNOPRENEURSHIP, whaoowww!!!
letter of acceptance my 4 groups in Student Creativity Program Grant, High Education Board, Indonesia
Nowadays, I have been 1.5 years teaching in UniKL-RCMP and but nothing I can do to improve and develop them. I was just teaching, teaching and teaching. So far, I have seen a positive activities run by students like INDIAN CULTURE NIGHT, RUMAH ANAK YATIM, SPORT COMPETITION, STUDENT ORIENTATION. That were good and I love it so much!!!
Pharmacy UniKL-RCMP student orientation
But regarding with the UniKL Motto “WHERE KNOWLEDGE IS APPLIED”, it will be better if students also balance their activities with their relevant studies. I am sure that a few of them are very talented to do it, but the same situation occurred with what I got in Indonesia. But here, I am just A FOREIGNER, I have a limited movement to do it. So, What can I do to produce my EXCELLENT STUDENT that will be recognized locally, moreover internationally in the future ??? Shall my obsession come true??? ZZZZZHHH,,,,I am still dreaming…………….