Education Min says Thailand lacks scientists

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BANGKOK, 16 May 2013 -The Education Minister has said the reason why Thailand lags behind other nations is that it lacks scientists, given they lay a foundation for future growth and development.

Education Minister Pongthep Thepkanjana said during the opening of the science scholarship program that Thailand has taken out very few patents when compared to other countries. It is important that the country produce its own original items instead of building on someone else’s idea, adding that the sales of counterfeit or knock-off merchandise will not be sustainable over a long period.

He emphasized that an original invention would potentially reap benefits for the country. The Education Minister further stated that he hoped the scholarship recipients would apply their knowledge to benefit the country and people around him as well as inspire other students to choose science subjects as their core curriculum.