DAKUSTA – 12 years of construction and development

Posted at: THUrsday - 13/06/2013 15:38 - post name: Nguyễn Thị Thùy

DAKUSTA – 12 years of construction and development

On 31st May 2013 in Buon Ma Thuot, the Daklak Union of Science and Technology Associations DAKUSTA (shortly referred to as the Union) celebrated the 30th anniversary of VUSTA and 12th anniversary of DAKUSTA. This is an opportunity to look back on the process of DAKUSTA operation and development over the past years.

With regard to the organization construction and development, from its initial 11 member associations, DAKUSTA now has 25 with more than 12,000 members.  Beside two technological departments including the Department for Information and Knowledge Dissemination together with its members and the Department for Science, Technology, Consultancy and Judgement; a number of organizations directly under the Centre for Consultancy and Science and Technology Service; the Fund for Science and Technology Creativity, the Scientific and Technological Intelligentsia Club, and the Centre for Organic Agriculture Training have also been set up. There are now 13 officials at the Union headquarter, excluding those holding more than one positions. The Union also established the Party Union on June 2007 under the decision of Provincial Party Standing Committee and the Party Branch as well as the Labour Union in 2012. Additionally, the Union has been entrusted to hold The Technical Innovation Contest and the Child and Adolescent Creativity Contest.

With regard to the political and social activities, the Union focused on the propagation and dissemination of policies by the Party and State on the Union’s organizational construction and development such as the Directive No.45-CT/TW by Politburo (Course VIII); the Directive No.14-CT/TTg by the Prime Minister on strengthening the operation of VUSTA; the Decision No.22/200/QĐ-TTg by the Prime Minister on consultancy, judgement, and social assessment; the Directive No. 22/CT-UB, the Decision No.1765-QĐ/UBND by the Provincial Committee on the implementation of aforementioned documents issued by Central Party, and other relating documents. In addition, the Union effectively promoted significant economic, social, and security movements by the Party and State as well as cooperated with the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Culture, Sport, and Tourism to hold periodic meetings with provincial intelligentsia for the purpose of encouraging and unifying them to participate in the social activities.

With regard to consultancy, judgement, and social assessment, the Union invited experienced scientists of the province to do the tasks such as: joining the Provincial Steering Committee for “Coffee Sustainable Development Program”, geographical identification of Buon Ma Thuot coffee trademark; the project on building and developing Buon Ma Thuot city to 2020; joining the Economic, Social, and Educational Science Advisory Committee of the Provincial Fatherland Front Committee; joining the verification of projects aimed at adjusting general planning of the province’s sub-districts, cities, towns, etc. The Union’s ideas and suggestions are highly appreciated by the province’s leaders and related sectors. The Union is now strive to implement these tasks, especially important projects and structures related to social and environmental field such as hydroelectric and hydraulic construction, tourism, traffic, construction, natural resource exploitation, and population structure planning on the larger scale.

With regard to the dissemination of technological and scientific knowledge, the Union released 24 volumes of Science and Technology Magazine giving information of the government’s policies on strengthening the activities of the Union and its members, the spread of technological science knowledge, and the introduction models using application of advanced techniques which its members and people brought into production with high effectiveness. Many enthusiastic and responsible scientists from institutes, universities, centres of science, and members and businessmen of the province have contributed to the magazine development.

Many scientific officers of the Union’s member associations actively compiled the technique books as well as documentation for production process, and methods of plant and animal structure transfer, or offered advice on designing suitable VAC models, etc. Consequently, the agro-forestry products are diversified and the people’s lives are improved.

Every year, thousands of people are trained with new knowledge and received free legal advice thanks to activities of the Gardening Association, the Family Planning Association, the Lawyers Association, the Association of Oriental Medicine, the Beekeepers Association, the Association of Livestock Husbandry, Animal Health, and Fisheries, the Association of Plant Protection, the Ayurvedic Medical Association, the Acupuncture Association, and the Ornamental Creatures Association. Especially, the Association of Plant Protection has released more than 10.000 technical books about pest prevention for coffee and pepper trees mostly for free; the Gardening Association has constructed hundreds of models of trees/animals production for members’ families; the Lawyers Association has also published thousands of handouts and law handbooks; the Association of Oriental Medicine has created network of medical examination and prescription by using traditional methods to each commune and sub-district with the annual cost for medicine provided to people reaching billions dongs; the Association of Consumer Protection has held investigation and verification on goods and/or services in terms of  quality and quantity, adjusted consumers’ claims, and set up control location to assure the goods’ weight for the consumers.

With regard to scientific research and technology application, the Union conducted the research subjects on “Discussion on training and using the provincial and village’s scientists and technical labours of ethnic minority in Dak Lak” in 2002 and 2003, “Association Website Construction” in 2008, and Clean Vegetables in Buon Me Thuot in 2009. In 2010, the Provincial Scientific Council allowed the implementation of one out of the four proposed projects at the provincial level. In 2012 and 2013, Association has performed the subject “Evaluation of social and economic situation of the province’ resistance base after 35 years of independence and recommendations for the social and economic development”.

With regard to international cooperation, Association cooperated with the Japanese NPOTIA to carry out the project of high-tech production of flowers for export and send trainees to Japan. Also, it is the Union who worked with Japan International Cooperation Association (JICA) and NPOTIA on the Organic Agriculture Dissemination Project. 

Author: News and photo: By Doan Van Thanh. Translated by Nguyen Nga
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