On 16 May 2013, the Minister of Education, Mr. Phongthep Thepkanjana, chaired the opening of a camp for scholarship graduates in the sciences at the Asia Hotel in Bangkok. On this occasion, he gave a special lecture on the need for good scientists in public offices in Thailand.
Mr. Phongthep said that Thailand was in need of a lot of science personnel as many developed countries had scientists and personnel with scientifically-based knowledge to mobilize the country despite a small population and few resources.
Mr. Phongthep added that students of science have a good foundation of knowledge from basic to higher education. So, the 1,600 science scholars are knowledgeable enough to be able to complete continuous studies from bachelor degree to Ph. D. levels. After graduation, the students are expected to develop the country and contribute to Thai society.
"Thailand has fewer innovations than imitations. Imitations don't create much income for imitators or the country. Scientists should initiate new inventions while looking forward at the same time. Some innovations, such as medical are sufficiently advanced whereas others still need development. New scientists should make them happen and improve Thailand," said the Education Minister.
The project on development of human resources in the sciences (Scholarship for Sciences of Thailand) is supported financially by the Thai government. Its aim is to create Ph. D. graduates in sciences who would like to work in the public sector for national development. Scholars will get financial support to study at the Faculty of Science in 23 public universities in Thailand. From 2008 to 2013, it is expected that 1,600 Ph.D. scholars will graduate.