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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov congratulated Russians on the Day of Postgraduate Students.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko

As Dmitry Chernyshenko noted, 2021, declared by President Vladimir Putin as the Year of Science and Technology, has changed the attitude of society towards scientists, the image of a researcher has become more modern and attractive to young people.

“We see that more and more young people connect their lives with science. Now more than 87.7 thousand graduate students study at Russian universities and research institutes. This is almost 3.5 thousand more than in the previous year. The government pays great attention to the issues of their support. Last year, more than 1,600 graduate students received funds for their fundamental research, and 920 projects were supported. We are also working to increase the number of budget places. This year, 17.5 thousand people are planned to be admitted to postgraduate courses. This is 1,000 more than in 2021. On behalf of President Vladimir Putin, we are updating support measures: we will create unified mechanisms to encourage graduate students who are seriously engaged in science and show results, working in the interests of the regions,” Dmitry Chernyshenko emphasized.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the most popular specialties among graduate students are Economics and Management, Informatics and Computer Engineering, Clinical Medicine, Jurisprudence, Education and Pedagogical Sciences, and Biological Sciences.

“I congratulate everyone who is now at the very beginning of the research path. I wish you not to leave it any further. The government will continue to make science more attractive and raise the prestige of the profession of a scientist for young people,” the Deputy Prime Minister added.

Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, congratulating future scientists on the holiday, noted that postgraduate studies provide an opportunity not only to take the first steps in research activities, but also to work on their own projects, become part of a scientific team and gain the first experience of teaching and mentoring.

“Today we need young talented and ambitious guys who will boldly go to the new and expand the boundaries of what they have learned. We annually increase the number of budget places in graduate school in order to provide more students with access to continue research activities,” said Valery Falkov.

According to the Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Biological Sciences Sofia Georgieva, it was the Year of Science and Technology that had a huge impact on the desire of young people to continue their career as a scientist.

“We are confident that the number of applicants for postgraduate studies will only increase. In 2020, we received nine graduate students, in 2021 – already 10. The actual number of guys who prepare dissertations at our institute is much higher. Some applicants, especially from leading universities, in the process of entering graduate school are reoriented to the competition in order to work more in the laboratory and spend less energy on educational programs. But with the return of scientific graduate school, most likely, this practice will remain in the past,” said Sofia Georgieva.

The importance and prospects of postgraduate studies are also noted by young scientists themselves.

“Without graduate school, four years later, I would not have had a dissertation text and several articles. No scientific exchange. Without the support of the state, the university and various foundations, all this is practically impossible. As part of my postgraduate studies, I always received a good scholarship, twice internships at one of the coolest chemical institutes in Germany, and received grant support. All this allowed me to do a diverse and interesting study, in which not only I, but the world scientific community are interested, ”said Yury Denisenko, a postgraduate student at Tyumen State University (Tyumen State University).

Postgraduate Student Day dates back to 1925, when two documents of the Council of People’s Commissars of the RSFSR were issued: “Regulations on Researchers in Universities” and “Instructions on the Procedure for Training Researchers at Research Institutes and Universities in Applied, Exact and Natural Sciences”. They regulated the system of training scientists.

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