A total of 4,857 students from the Community Service Team 2 of Diponegoro University were officially deployed by Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M. Hum., the Rector of Diponegoro University. The opening ceremony of the Community Service Program was held on Monday (6/6).

In his speech, the Rector said that Community Service was not activities to do something useless but for doing things to prove the quality of science and practice. Knowledge is practice, so if it is not practiced it will not be useful.

“May we all be kept away from useless knowledge. This Community Service Program is a golden opportunity to practice in a real social laboratory. We will get a lot of experience during Community Service Program, how to resolve conflicts experienced by the community, learn about leadership, learn to plan things, see, hear and understand problems, arrange programs and then try to invite the community to be independent with the Community Service Team to handle problems,” explained Prof. Yos.

“Community Service Program is not only about getting grades, but the main point is what we get from there. Do we get additional scientific benefits, are we getting wiser, more thorough and careful, and whether the community can benefit from our presence? Truly a good human being is a human being who is beneficial to others. Undip Community Service students must become cool figures whose identity shows the goodness of Undip people. Always carry the good name of Undip, maintain health and uphold the safety of the academic community,” he continued.

On the occasion Prof. Dr. Jamari, S.T., M.T., as the Head of the Institute for Research and Community Service (LPPM) said that the implementation of Community Service was in students’ residences on a district or city level basis. The current distribution of students is the provinces of Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, South Sumatra, Riau, Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung Islands, Jambi, Lampung, Banten, DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, DIY Yogyakarta, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, Bali, Central Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, NTB and West Papua. The number of districts taking place as Community Service areas is 147 districts or cities throughout Indonesia. The implementation of the Community Service Program in the field is adjusted and follows the direction of the local government.

“The work programs carried out include stunting prevention through Posyandu activities, or basic immunization, prevention of drug abuse, SDGs, Covid-19, creative economy, digital literacy, netiquette or internet ethics. In addition, August is marked as the month of National Child Immunization, so Undip Community Service students play an active role in the success of the month of child immunization by being an educator on the importance of immunization and collecting data on toddlers who have or have not been immunized in the area,” he explained.

According to Prof. Jamari, the multidisciplinary programs were adjusted to regional conditions. The location (region) consists of at least 3 students with different majors/study programs, so they are required to carry out multi-disciplinary program activities and the students concerned are fully responsible for the program, both scientifically and operationally. Scientific Program is carried out according to the competence of each student’s scientific field. The scientific program is a program that must be implemented by every student of KKN UNDIP, in accordance with the competence of the scientific field of each student and has a contribution to overcome the problems that exist in the Community Service location. The student concerned is fully responsible for the program, both scientifically and operationally.

“Meanwhile, other programs are social programs such as cleaning up the village area, providing tutoring, teaching in schools, holding recitations, participating in the success of national or religious holidays, assisting with village data archiving, and other programs that have benefits to the community and the village,” said Prof. Jamari. (Lin – Public Relations)