UNAIR NEWS – Tweaking genes to fight resistant germs to antibiotics is deemed an extraordinary idea as antibiotic resistance case is a global issue. That idea made UNAIR S1 Mawapres (Student with achievements), Amal Arifi Hidayat, win ‘Best Speaker’ in National Selection.
This mawapres competition is an annual event held by General Directorate of Higher Education (Dikti) to assess 16 S-1 mawapres from all universities in Indonesia. The national selection registration opened on May 25, 2016 while the result was announced on August 16 in Hotel Sahid Rich, Jakarta.
Before qualifying for the national round, there were a lot of phases each participant has to go through. Each of them was selected at university and regional level. The selection criteria were grade point average (20%), scientific writing and presentation (30%), excellence achievements (25%) and English proficiency (25%).
After they went through regional selection, all national finalists were assessed by the judges. The assessment criteria were nnot very different but at national selection, their personality was also assessed. The winner was based on the highest score from each assessment point.
From the bachelor degree (S-1), mawapres from Universitas Indonesia won the first place, followed with mawapres from Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta in the second place, and mawapres from Institut Pertanian Bogor in the third place.
Even though S1 Mawapres of UNAIR did not win, but he snatched Best Presenter category in the annual competition. For Amal the most important thing from it was the opportunity to spread great and useful ideas for mankind.
He proved it by submitting his idea about zombie bacteria which can kill antibiotic resistant germs.
In the presentation on Tuesday, August 16, Amal got praises from the judges. “The idea I presented was unique and interesting. It can solve the big global issue. Tweaking genes is an extraordinary technology. But, don’t cross the line as scientists because the power of God is greater than our technology,” said Amal.
In the presentation session, the judges had opportunity to respond to the theme. Amal said that in questions and answer session, his critical and logical way of thinking was tested.
What are the judges responses? The young doctor said that they asked on the people’s bad habits which cause antibiotic resistance, such as taking them without doctor’s prescription or consuming antibiotics incompletely.
“From that, I explained the basic mechanism why there’s resistance and recommended measures can be taken by the policy makers and what we should do as community to fight the germs,” said Amal. (*)
Author: Defrina Sukma S.
Editor: Nuri Hermawan