Semarang – Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti) Mohamad Nasir and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo launched the 21st anniversary of HAKTEKNAS 21st at Wisma Perdamaian, Tuesday (31/5).

The National Technology Awakening Day (HAKTEKNAS), is considered as a historical day among others in the country, and celebrated annually every 10th August. That particular date was chosen as a commemoration of aircraft Gatotkaca N-250’s first flight over Bandung.

“The 2016 21st HAKTEKNAS theme is ‘Innovation for National Independence and Competitiveness’. The principles of innovation are: better, cheaper and faster, without ignoring the quality and uniqueness of our own resources, developed with a taste of science and technology, thus enable Indonesia to penetrate global competition,” as stated by Nasir.

HAKTEKNAS was organized in order to flourish public awareness about the need for science and technology culture in day to day life, to encourage public creativity and innovation, thus eventually improve nation’s competitiveness.

“I am very excited having to launch this event outside of Jakarta. I want to show that we have exeptional districts that are ready for innovation. Research that we have conducted, we then must develop. One mechanism for it is HAKTEKNAS,” said Nasir.

Central Java as Provincial Partner

After having the 21st HAKTEKNAS launching ceremony in Semarang, the HAKTEKNAS grand ceremony will be conducted in Solo on August 10, 2016.

Central Java was chosen as the location for the 21st HAKTEKNAS ceremonies conisidering its commitment in promoting innovation within the region where this is eveident with the receipt of Budhipura Kencana Supreme Award in 2015.

Collaboration with Central Java is demonstrated in a Memorandum of Understanding on the development and utilization of Science & Technology, Innovation and Higher Education between Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education and the Provincial Government of Central Java.

“I am convinced that this nation has the ability, what’s left is our willingness. In this case it has become our common challange. To become a developed country we must innovate the industry. Tell the world that we are able and ready to make innovations. I hope this collaboration continues to go on and we can proclaim the results to the world. Thank you,” stressed Ganjar. (dts/bkkp)