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  1. 1. 1JUNE 2013Asian Institute of Technology JUNE 2013INSIDE ISSUE.. .Recent News / Happenings at AIT................................................. 2, 4Photo Gallery................................................................................. 3People............................................................................................ 4Backpage....................................................................................... 6Thailand provided the biggest cohort of graduat-ingstudents(155)followedbyVietnam(123).Stu-dents from Sri Lanka (47) formed the third largestbatch followed by Nepal (46) and Myanmar (26).Pakistan (19), Indian (14), Bangladesh (13) andIndonesia (12) were the other major countries oforigin of the graduating students. The 499 gradu-ates included 33 Doctoral graduates. Graduatingstudents came from all the three AIT schools.Photo feature on page 3>>Four-hundred and ninety-nine graduatescoming from 30 countries acrossfour continents graduated at AIT’s119th Graduation on 23 May 2013. AIT’sinternationality was very much at display whenstudent representatives from different countriesdressed in their traditional gear participated inthe Graduation to make it a truly commemorativeevent.499 graduates from 30 countries graduate from AIT
  2. 2. 2JUNE 2013RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITMr. Nopadol Gunavibool (left) bestowing the “AIT Global Citizen Award “to Dr. Veerappa Moily.Indian Minister bestowed inaugural AIT Global Citizen AwardIndian Union Minister of Petroleum andNatural Gas, Hon. Dr. Veerappa Moilywas bestowed the inaugural “AIT GlobalCitizen Award” on the occasion of AIT’s119th Graduation. The award was be-stowed on the Indian Minister by Mr.Nopadol Gunavibool, Chairman, Boardof Trustees of the Asian Institute of Tech-nology (AIT), and Deputy PermanentSecretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Royal Thai Government.The AIT Global Citizen Award has beeninstituted to honor prominent individualsand personalities who have contributedtowards the cause of internationality. Ac-cepting the award, Dr. Moily thankedAIT for the “great gesture” stating thatit reinforces his desire for fostering thespirit of global citizenship. Dr. Moily wascommended for his role played in propelling the city of Banga-lore on the global map as an Information Technology hub.AIT’s Press Conference at GraduationThe 119th Graduation was also an occasion for AIT to host apress conference for leading media houses in Thailand. Address-ing the press conference was AIT’s Acting President Prof. Wor-sak Kanok-Nukulchai. Also participating in the press conferencewere Dr. Sahas Bunditkul, Chairman ofAIT’s Executive Committee; Dr. SubinPinkayan (WRD ‘61), Dr. Anat Arbhab-hirama (WRE ‘62), Dr. Prasert Patramai(WRE ‘71 & ‘73), Mr. Thanin Bum-rungsap (GTE ‘72), Dr. Chainarong NaLamphun (WRD ‘80), and Mr. ChawalitChantararat (WRD ‘81).Media houses which attended includedfour national news networks - TNN, ThaiPBS, Krungthep Turakij and Channel11. Representatives from news dailies“The Nation” (English) and “KrungthepTurakij” (Thai), and the Thai NationalNews Agency, MCOT also attended.
  3. 3. 3JUNE 2013PHOTO GALLERY1,2,4,12,13,14, : Graduating students 3. Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai 5. Dr. Subin Pinkayan 6. Dr. Sahas Bunditkul7. Prof. Mukand S. Babel 8. Dr. Veerappa Moily 9. Dr. Tint Lwin Thaung 10. Prof. Sivanappan Kumar.11. Graduation speakeraddressing the graduads.141 2 345678910111213119th AIT Graduation Ceremony
  4. 4. 4JUNE 2013RECENT NEWS / HAPPENINGS AT AITAIT and Nakhon Nayok strengthencooperation on “Smart Province” ProjectA team of faculty mem-bers and officials fromAIT on 3 May 2013conducted two specialacademic lectures at aseminar hosted by Na-khon Nayok GovernorDr. Surachai Srisarakam,along with the Vice-Governor Mr.SukhawatSuksawasdi. The AITHM King’s, HM Queen’s and Loom NamKhong Pijai Scholarships announced at AITHis Majesty The King’s, HerMajesty The Queen’s and LoomNam Khong Pijai Scholarshipshave been announced for Mas-ter’s degree studies at AIT forthe August 2013 semester. Thescholarships were announcedfollowing a meeting of the AITActing President Prof. WorsakKanok-Nukulchai with the Sec-retary-General of the Office ofHigher Education Commission(CHE), Mr. Apichart Jeerawuth,Thailand.The new master’s scholarshipsto be offered in August 2013From left: Prof. KanchanaKanchanasut, Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, and Mr. ApichartJeerawuth.Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut (left) and Dr.Surachai Srisarakam.AIT can be aregional hub forsanitation R&D: Billand Melinda GatesFoundation officialA senior official from US-based Bill and Melinda GatesFoundation (BMGF) has a vi-sion for growing its partner-ship with AIT. It could see theInstitute become a regional hubfor collaboration on sanitationtechnology research and devel-opment, policy development,and applications for sustainabledevelopment.Dr. Doulaye Kone, Senior Pro-gram Officer, BMGF, disclosedhis idea while meeting withAct-ing President Prof. Worsak Ka-nok-Nukulchai on the front endof his two-day visit to AIT on15-16 May 2013. Dr. Kone vis-ited to familiarize himself withthe latest work of BMGF-fund-ed Naturally Acceptable andTechnologically Sustainable(NATS), a US$ 5-million AITproject spearheaded last yearby Dr. Thammarat Koottatepof AIT which aims to “reinventthe toilet”, starting in Thailand,Cambodia and Vietnam.delegation was led by Prof. Kanchana Kanchanasut, Vice President forResearch.At the seminar, AIT experts Dr. Vilas gave a lecture on “Planning forSustainable Urban and Infrastructure Development” while Mr. Vora-vate Chonlasin lectured on “Project Management and AchievementCycle”. Dr. Surachai Srisaracam explained why AIT was chosen as apartner for the project: “We see that AIT is at the center of ASEAN.Importantly, AIT has expert knowledge and appropriate studies, whichcan push Nakhon Nayok forward. These are the two dimensions of ourworking together.”intake will provide students fromall countries in Asia-Pacific anopportunity to study and conductresearch in AIT. See details on theback page.Dr. Thammarat Koottatep (left) andDr. Doulaye Kone
  5. 5. 5JUNE 2013PEOPLE / HAPPENINGS AT AITAIT alumnus elected to Bhutan’s Upper HouseAn alumnus ofAIT, Mr. Kamal Bahadur Gurung, has been electedas member of National Council of Bhutan. The National Councilis the upper house of Bhutan’s new bicameral Parliament.Mr. Gurung was elected from Tsirang constituency in a six-cor-nered contest held on 23 April 2013. All candidates must run asindependents, as National Council members are prohibited frombeing members of any political party.Mr. Gurung, who graduated with a Master’s in Engineering (2007)from Energy field of study from AIT’s School of Environment,Resources and Development (SERD), had earlier served Tsirangas a Rural Electrification Division Manager in Bhutan Power Cor-poration. His candidate profile proudly mentions AIT in his CV.The revised valid degree certificates for graduates of 1 June 2012and 6 August 2012 will be available at Student Office from 3June 2013 onwards. The original copy of the invalid certificatemust be returned first to Registry. Detailed procedure is availableat this link: Kamal Bahadur GurungProcedure for obtaining reviseddegree certificatesMr. Chawalit Chantararat, AIT Alumni As-sociation (AITAA) President, visited thecampus on 9 May 2013 to discuss possibili-ties for future collaboration.Acting President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nu-kulchai invited the AITAA to join the effortto rebuild the library facility and create a sig-nature public meeting space. The architect’sdesign includes an “Alumni Wing” in thelibrary and will feature the re-located Hallof Fame. Mr. Shawn Kelly, Senior MediaSpecialist said AIT was keen to engage theAIT Alumni in joint activities to boost theInstitute’s public image in Thailand, startingwith the 119th Graduation Ceremony and apress conference planned for May 23.AIT welcomes AIT AlumniAssociation PresidentActing President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai on May 3and May 7, 2013 held respective meetings at the main campuswith AIT faculty from Vietnam and Dr. Amrit Bart, Director,AIT-Vietnam (AIT-VN), and other Institute officials, to discussa number of AIT-VN matters, including ways for revitalizingAIT’s important relationship with Vietnam’s Ministry of Educa-tion and Training (MoET).AIT is studying the possibility of earmarking some AIT-VNsurplus funds to offer Vietnamese nationals postgraduate levelscholarships to study at AIT in Thailand for the August 2013 se-mester,Acting President Worsak said.AIT’s alumni base in Viet-nam is very strong, and the Institute has enjoyed good relationswith the host country sinceAIT-VN was originally founded as theAIT Center in Vietnam in 1993.At a meeting of the ManagementTeam, Prof. Worsak emphasizedAIT’s priority for strengtheningits relationship with MoET and the Government of Vietnam.Closer ties with Vietnam’s MoET a keypriority for AITMr. Chawalit Chantararat
  6. 6. 6JUNE 2013Editor:Bajinder Pal Singhbajinder@ait.asiaDesigner:Nadhika MendhakaPhotos:Paitoon TinnapongFor feedback, contactMedia and CommunicationsUnit at AITmcu@ait.asiaBACKPAGENewsYouCanUseWhat qualities employers really want inentry-level candidatesFollow AIT at• Facebook• Youtube • Twitter• Google+ states that the personality traits that employers look unto are :• A positive attitude• Communication skills• Strong work ethic• Customer service skills• TeamworkMore details are available at this link: Majesty the King’s ScholarshipsFor students enrolling in any field of study offered atAIT to enhance professional training and internationalcooperation.Her Majesty the Queen’s ScholarshipsFor students enrolling in any environment related fieldof study, to instill a consciousness of environmental re-silience and awareness for the region. Loom Nam Khong PijaiThe Loom Nam Khong Pijai Scholarships are grantedby the Royal Thai Government in honor of HRH Prin-cess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. It aims to assist humanresource development in six GMS countries.New AIT Fellowship SchemeThe New AIT Fellowship Scheme is intended to pro-Scholarships and Fellowships at AITvide more opportunities for students from across theregion to study at AIT. A new era is approaching withthe coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in2015, and AIT aims to play a key role by developingthe next generation of international engineers, scientists,and managers.For details visit: