Some Venerable Persons

Maejo University

Am-mat Tho (Colonel) Phra Chuang Kaset-Silpakan (Chuang Lojaya)
"The Father of Agriculture of Maejo" who founded and built Maejo as an academy institute


          Phra Chuang Kaset-Silpakarn had his original name as Chuang Lojaya. He was born on July 20, 1899, at Baan Sae, Phra Pradaeng Subdistrict, Phra Pradaeng District in Samut-Prakan Province. His father was Lt. Luang-Sri Phonphaew, (Khao Lojaya). He married Khunying Chuang Kaset-Silpakarn (Khun Samang Raiwa) and had 6 children, namely:


             1)  Mrs. Chuensuk Lojaya

             2)  Dr. Pantip Wiriyapanich, MD.

             3)  Assoc. Prof. Sirin Wibunyiyom

             4)  Dr. Somchat Lojaya, MD

             5)  Lt. Col. Somchai Lochaya

             6)  Mr. Chawallojaya



Educational History


            1.  He got his elementary education at Wat Song-Tham School, Phra Pradaeng District in Samut Prakan Province.

            2.  He had his secondary education at Suankularb Wittayalai School.

            3.  He received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education to study mechanics in the United States. However, during that time it was in the event of World War I, and the government was afraid of danger to the scholarship students in the travel. Therefore, the government made him study temporarily in the Philippines at the University of Los Banjos.

            4.  When he was studying in the 2nd year in the Philippines (1921), the government sent him to study in the United States at the University of Wisconsin. He received a bachelor's and master's degrees in Animal Husbandry in 1924 and returned to Thailand.


Government Service

            1.  For the first time, he was a teacher at the Ministry of Education and taught at the Primary Agricultural Training School (Por Por Kor.) at Bang Saphan-Yai District in Prachuap-Khiri-Khan Province in 1924.

            2.  In 1929, the Ministry of Defense seconded him as the head of the Animal Supplies Department and he was the director of a project for teaching agriculture to soldiers.

            3.  In 1933, the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce requested to transfer him to the Department of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture) and sent him to establish the Northern Agricultural Experiment Station at Baan Maejo, Nong Han Subdistrict, San Sai District in Chiang Mai Province.

            4.  In 1934, the Ministry of Education found an Agricultural Primary Teachers’ Training School (Por Por Kor) in the North at Maejo and seconded him to work under the Ministry of Education and appointed him as the headmaster and head of the Northern Agricultural Experiment Station at the same time.

            5.  In 1939, he was appointed Director-General of the Department of Agriculture.

            6.  In 1949, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture (during Field Marshal Por Pibulsongkram as Prime Minister).

            7.  In 1951, there was a new government and he was appointed to take the position of Managing Director of the Agricultural Bank (Krung Thai Bank at present).

            8.  In 1955, he was appointed as a cultural ambassador to be caretakers of Thai students in the United States.

            9.  In 1959, he was retired and returned to Thailand to become a pensioner.

          10.  During 1975 and 1979 he had been graciously appointed by His Majesty the King to serve as the Chair of Maejo Institute of Agricultural Technology Council.

Phra Chuang Kaset-Silpakarn and Prof. Dr. Wipak Boonsri-wangsai
Phra Chuang Kaset-Silpakarn (Chuang Lojaya) and Khun Ying Sam-ang Kaset-Silpakarn, the Former Minister of the Agriculture and the Former first Chair of Maejo Institute of Agricultural Technology Council

Professor Dr. Wipat Boonsri-Wangsai
(with The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand) was a student in the first batch of Maejo Institute of Agricultural Technology and was the first President of this institute.

          He was born on March 12, 1916, at Ban San Klang, Nai Wiang Sub-District, Muang District in Phrae Province and was the seventh child of Mr. Boonma and Mrs. Buakiang Wangsai.

          His great grandfather named Phraya Hua-Wiangkaew came from Chiang Saen, and his sons who were Prof. Wipat’s grandfathers were Chao Mahachak, Chao Mahachai, Chao Mahathep, Chao Mahaphrahm. They all were the names of the ancestral of "Wangsai.”

          Chao Mahachak got married to a daughter of Chao Wangsai which was a feudal palace compared to the left palace and the right palace in ancient times. When Chao Wangsai died, Chai Mahachak was appointed as Chao Wangsai from the ruler of Phrae.

           Later, a surname law was established, so he used "Wangsai" as a successor surname. The direct grandfather of Prof. Dr. Wipat was Chao Mahachai whose son was named Boonma Wangsai and he was his father.


           Prof. Dr. Wipat had 8 brothers and sisters as follows:

           1. Mr. Kham-Pun Wangsai (later changed to "Chayantrakam")

           2. Mrs. Khampo Wangsai (used her husband's surname as "Indrawut")

           3. Mrs. Kham-Paai Wangsai (later renamed as "Sopa")

           4. Mrs. Sommana Wangsai (used her husband's surname as "Phaichayont")

           5. Mrs. Haikaew Wangsai (uses her husband's surname as "Anantajit")

           6. Mrs. Boonpan Wangsai (used her husband's surname as "Thipwichai")

           7. Mr. Boonsri Wangsai (later added the name to Wipat Boonsri Wangsai)

           8. Mrs. Buakheaw Wangsai (used her husband's surname as "Kosaisewee" and her new name was "Oraphan")


          All his brothers and sisters had passed away except Mrs. Boonpan Thipwichai, the only older sister.

          When he was young, h began his element education at Wat Luang School, Muang District in Phrae Province, while his secondary education was at Piriyalai School in Phrae Province.


          Since his family was well-off and he was good at his study and after he finished his Mattyom Suksa 6 (Secondary Education) from Prae, he traveled to Chiangmai to studied at Yuparaj Wittayalai School in 1933. He studied at this school for only one year, a primary agricultural teachers’ training school was established at Maejo. Therefore, he moved to study at the Maejo Agricultural Primary Teachers’ Training School in 1934 and it was considered as a pioneer and creator batch of Maejo.


           When I graduated from Maejo in 1935, he joined the work as a rubber worker at Hat Yai in Songkhla Province for one year and won a government scholarship to study abroad.


          Normally, in those days an interview for a scholarship to study abroad for up-country students had a slim chance when compared with those from Bangkok. However, since he loved to communicate with foreigners working together in the South to practice his English listening and speaking skills, he could win a scholarship to study abroad very easily. Unfortunately, it was during World War II, therefore the government gave him only one option to choose -- to study only in Asian countries, either in Japan or the Philippines. He decided to study in the Philippines because the education system in this country used English. If he should go to study in Japan, he had to start learning Japanese that could take a long time. However, later he admitted that he should have gone to study in Japan for his study would be much more useful than what he had learned from the Philippines.


          He studied at the University of the Philippines at Los Banos (UPLB) in Economics until he got his bachelor's degree and was very satisfied.


          After his graduation, he traveled by boat back to Thailand in 1941 and returned to serve as a teacher at Maejo in a position of a teacher and a supervising teacher. Since he was a life lover and always had been interested in politics, his relatives and friends stimulated him to be a politician because he had good knowledge of politics, high-class family background, and very good relationships with common people.


          In 1946, he was successfully elected as a people’s representative when he ran for his second time (the first time he was not elected).

          As a people’s representative of Phrae Province, many political parties were approaching him to join their parties. He held the position of the Secretary to the Minister of Commerce and co-founded the Kasikorn Party for the first time.


          However, in 1948 the political monsoon caused the dissolution of the House of Representatives.


         He ran for the latest election but was unsuccessful. Therefore, he bid farewell to political life to work on a private farm in Pak-Chong District in Nakhon Ratchasima Province as a full-fledged farmer to produce vegetables for delivery to the Bangkok market. He had been doing farming and growing vegetables for delivery to the Bangkok market for 8 years and gained a lot of experience as a full-fledged farmer.


         Until the year 1954, Luang Pramote Chanyavipat, who was the Director-General of the Department of Vocational Education at that time begged him to help Maejo because there was a lack of administrators of Maejo Agricultural School because he wanted him to make use of his excellent knowledge and ability and wanted him to help improve Maejo. He was appointed as the first-class headmaster of the Maejo Agricultural School and he was considered as the highest-ranking government official of Chiang Mai Province next to the provincial governor. He had been working in Maejo Agricultural School until the end of his life.


          Prof. Dr. Wipat got married to Mrs. Somjin Tungkplin and had children as follows:

                  1. Mr. Paisan Wangsai

                  2. Mrs. Patcharin Sukansil

                  3. Miss Prisana Wangsai

                  4. Mr. Prachaya Wangsai


Summary of educational history and government service

Educational history

          In 1932, he finished his secondary education (Mattayom Suksa 6) from the school of Prae named "Piriyalai."

          In 1934, he completed his secondary education (Mattayom Suksa 8) from the school of Chiangmai named "Yupparaj College."

          In 1935, he received a certificate from Chiangmai Agricultural Teachers’ Training School in Agriculture.

          In 1936, he won a government scholarship on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to study agriculture in the Philippines.

          In 1941, he received a B.Sc. in Agri. from the University of the Philippines at Los Banjo (UPLB).

          In 1959, he graduated with an M.S. in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma in the U.S.A.


Government Service history

           In 1936, he was an assistant to Agricultural Officer, 2nd Class in Rubber Division, Agricultural Extension Division of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

In 1942, he was a second-rank of Agriculturist in Preparatory College of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries at Maejo in Chiangmai.

In 1944, he was a second-rank of Agriculturist in Triamudomsuksa School of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

In 1946, he was elected as a representative of Phrae Province and resigned from government service to take up duties of representatives, and was appointed as the Secretary of the Minister of Commerce.

In 1954, he returned to government service as a first-rank instructor holding the Headmaster of Maejo Agricultural School, School Division, Department of Vocational Education in the Ministry of Education.

In 1956, he was appointed as the Director of Chiangmai Agricultural College at Maejo.

In 1965, he was holding a special rank Director of Chiangmai Agricultural College at Maejo.

During 1975 and 1979, he was holding the position of the President of Chiangmai Agricultural Technology College at Maejo (1st term).

In 1977, he retired from government service.

In 1979, he received the position of the President of Chiangmai Agricultural Technology College at Maejo (2nd term).



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