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Winds of change: Chula's new student president Netiwit

Mr Netiwit, newly elected Chulalongkorn Student Council President, says he believe it is about time Thailand's education system move forward.

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Reform of established rules and traditions, key promises of newly elected Chulalongkorn University student council president.


Winds of change: Chula's new student president Netiwit

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A new president of Chulalongkorn University's Student Council has been elected.

The new president definitely heralds something new that has not been seen before, or at least for a very long time.

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, 21, is an active campaigner for reform in old traditions and rules.

He advocates giving students a choice rather than making rules mandatory

He won 27 of 36 votes from the representatives of the faculties on Thursday.

Winds of change appear to be blowing at Chulalongkorn University.


Mr Netiwit, a political science student, said in an interview on Facebook Live he was glad to have been elected.

He also said that he believed it was about time Thailand's education system moved forward as the country remained in a dictatorial grip.

"I'm ready to act as a model so that Chula's student council sets an example for youth councils all over the country," he said.

Student activist Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal holds a sign denouncing mandatory conscription as ‘obsolete and unnecessary’ at a conscription unit at Wat Rat Phothong in Samut Prakan where he went to seek student deferment of his military service on April 4, 2017. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)


The first thing he would do after taking the position on June 1 is to reform university hazing and reduce violence.

"The rights of juniors [lower class students such as freshmen] must be respected."

"Seniors must not oppress juniors,"


On prostrating before images, he said those who didn't want to do so must have some space and be allowed to stand while paying respects.

He also pledged to listen to all voices at Chula -- from students and lecturers to management -- regardless of what they feel about him.

Mr Netiwit, who describes himself as a "conscientious objector" , is one of the few youths who campaign for reform of established rules or traditions including mandatory military conscription in Thailand.

He also campaigns for democracy, freedom of speech and the right to bail for all.


In October 2016, Mr Netiwit invited Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong for talks at Chula but Mr Wong was barred from entering the country.

The Hong Kong activist ended up joining the seminar through Skype in the evening.

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active : currently working -

activist : someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม

adj (noun): connected with soldiers or the armed forces - ในทางทหาร,เกี่ยวกับทหาร

advocates : people who strongly and public support something - ผู้สนับสนุนความคิด

allow : to let somebody/something do something; to let something happen or be done - อนุญาต, ยอมรับ

bail : money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money  - เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว

bar : to officially not allow someone to do something or go somewhere - ห้าม

campaign : to take part in a planned series of activities (a campaign) designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party - รณรงค์หาเสียง

campaigner : a person who takes part in organized activities which are intended to change something in society - ผู้ต่อสู้,ผู้รณรงค์,ผู้โฆษณาเผยแพร่

choice (noun): something that you can choose; an act of choosing between two or more possibilities - ทางเลือก, การเลือก

conscientious : thinking carefully about what you do and how it could effect other people -

conscientious objector : "individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service" on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, or religion. -

conscription : the practice of ordering people by law to serve in the armed forces - การเกณฑ์ทหาร

council : a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money - สภา, คณะกรรมการ

deferment : delay; making something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected - การเลื่อน

definitely : without any doubt; for certain - อย่างแน่นอน

democracy (noun): a system of government in which all the people of a country can vote to elect their representatives - การปกครองแบบประชาธิปไตย

denounce : to criticise someone or something severely in public - ประณาม, ติเตียน

describe (verb): to say what somebody/something is like - เล่า, บรรยาย, บอก

dictatorial : using power in an unreasonable way by telling people what to do and not listening to their views or wishes - อย่างเผด็จการ

elect (v) : - การเลือกตั้ง

ended up : to be in a certain situation or place after doing something - ลงท้าย, ในที่สุด, ลงเอย

established : be in a successful position over a long period of time - มีตำแหน่งที่มั่นคง

faculty : a group of departments in a college which specialize in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ

freedom of speech : freedom of expression; the freedom to publicly say or do what you want (within limits of the law) - เสรีภาพในการพูดหรือการแสดงออก

freshmen (noun): first-year students at a high school, university or college - น้องใหม่, น.ศ. ปีหนึ่งในวิทยาลัยหรือมหาวิทยาลัย

grip : control or power over somebody/something - กำกับดูแล

hazard : something that is dangerous and likely to cause damage - สิ่งที่เป็นอันตราย

hazing (noun): to play tricks on somebody, especially a new student, or to give them very unpleasant things to do, sometimes as a condition for entering a college, university or a group within an educational institution - การแกล้ง (ผู้ที่มีตำแหน่งต่ำกว่า), การกลั่นแกล้ง

herald (verb): to be a sign that something important, and often (but not always) good, is starting to happen - ส่งสัญญาณ

image : a photograph, painting, or other work of art that represents a person or thing - รูปภาพ

interview : to ask someone questions for a poll, a newspaper article, television show, etc. - สัมภาษณ์,

invite : to ask somebody formally to go somewhere or do something - เชิญ

it was about time : something should certainly happen and it should have happened a long time ago -

junior : to be younger than somebody, by the number of years mentioned - ที่อายุอ่อนกว่า

lecturer (noun): a teacher at a university or college - อาจารย์ผู้บรรยาย

management : the people who run and control a business or similar organisation - คณะผู้บริหาร

mandatory : ordered by a law or rule - ตามข้อบังคับ

obsolete : not in use any more, having been replaced by something newer and better - ล้าสมัย หมดยุคไปแล้ว

oppress : to treat people in an unfair or cruel way - ที่ปกครองอย่างกดขี่

pay respect to : to show deep admiration for someone/something - แสดงความเคารพ

pledge : to make a serious promise to do something - สัญญา

political science (noun): the study of government and politics - รัฐศาสตร์

position : a job - ตำแหน่ง

prostrate (verb): the action of lying with your face downwards, especially in worship - นอนราบกับพื้น, หมอบ, นอนคว่ำ

reduce : to make something smaller or less in amount, size, importance etc - ลดลง

reform : a change that is intended to correct a situation that is wrong or unfair - การแก้ไข การปฏิรูป

regardless : despite; not being affected by something - โดยไม่คำนึงถึง

representatives (noun): people who have been chosen or elected by a person or group to vote, give opinions, or make decisions for them - ผู้แทน

respect : to accept the importance of someone's rights or customs - เคารพ

right : a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular way - สิทธิ

rights : the legal right to control the production and selling of a book, play, film, photograph, piece of music, performance, etc. - ลิขสิทธิ์

seminar : a meeting for discussion or training - การสัมมนา

space : an area or a place that is empty or that can be moved about freely - ที่ว่าง

student council : the student government in a school -

tradition : a very old custom, belief, or story - ประเพณี, ขนบธรรมเนียม

unit : a part of a company or organisation that carries out a particular function; a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose - หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม

unnecessary (adj): not needed; not necessary - ที่ไม่จำเป็น, ที่เกินจำเป็น

violence : physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people - ความรุนแรง, การใช้กำลังทำลาย

voice : to express your feelings or opinions - ออกความคิด

winds of change : forces that cause change, especially social change -

youths (noun): young people considered as a group - เยาวชน, คนวัยหนุ่มสาว


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