Unpad students receive Kemendikbudristek funds for PKM-KC activities, what is this program?

TIME.CO, Jakarta A breakthrough came from five students from Padjadjaran University (Unpack) for the activities of the Karsa Cipta Student Creativity Program (PKM-KC). This team of students managed to design a robot called “Ofelos Larvasida Ball” and received funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemendikbudristek).

This robot, made by students from various faculties, is designed to control larvae mosquito Temples of the Egyptians which can carry dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).

Based on interviews with members of the Ofelos team, this robot was created by integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) with extracts of ciplukan and basil leaves to detect, suck and kill mosquito larvae.

The idea of ​​using ciplukan leaf extract and basil was chosen because these plants contain compounds that are effective in damaging the body systems of mosquito larvae. Besides that, the students want to use this local plant in an environmentally friendly way to control mosquito larvae.

What is PKM-KC?

Based on the instructions of simbelmawa.kemdikbud.go.idPKM-KC is an initiative that provides students with a platform to develop constructive ideas based on their thinking and logic.

While these ideas may not have reached the level of functional perfection or provide direct benefits to others, PKM-KC provides encouragement and support for students to develop these ideas.

Thanks to the brilliant idea of ​​creating the Larvasida Ball robot, Alifia Febriani (Agri-Food), Dira Purwasih (Agri-Food), Siti Wahyu Sintasari (Chemistry), Veadora Yasminingrum (Electrical Engineering) and Adinda Salsabila (Information Engineering) have finally managed to obtain the funds to support their project.

“Yesterday there were around 42,000 proposals, and those selected for funding at the national level were around 5,000 proposals, and we are one of them,” Dira said in an interview with Putri Safira of, Tuesday 19 September 2023.

Dira also explained that they first took part in a selection process at the university level before successfully qualifying for the national level.


“Since we are competing, we hope we can qualify for the top national level and get a gold medal,” Dira said.

What is the total fund?

According to the Ministry of Education and Culture website, proposals that meet the requirements will receive funding from Belmawa. Universities are also required to provide additional funding to the proposals received, in an amount not exceeding 25% of the total initial funding of IDR 7,000,000 or a maximum of IDR 1,750,000 in cash or other forms.

Additional funds may also be provided by other agencies, but the amount shall not exceed 10% of the total initial funding of IDR 7,000,000 or a maximum of IDR 700,000 in cash or other forms.

SKS conversion

In addition to receiving benefits in the form of project development funds, students who pass the selection are also advised to receive Semester Credit Unit Conversion (SKS).

As part of the implementation of the Independent Learning Program – Independent campus (MBKM) and to support the achievement of key performance indicators (IKU) for higher education, the Ministry of Education and Culture supports the conversion of SKS so that campuses can provide more facilities to students so that they can develop through various types of learning

PKM activities also take place in line with MBKM learning principles. It is therefore hoped that this program will be an opportunity to develop students’ creativity, innovation and ability, thus helping them to be more independent in seeking knowledge and solutions to situations and problems that exist in society.

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