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In the next issue of the special project “This day in the history of Polytechnic University” you will talk about events related to the dates from March 25 to March 31.

March 25 is Cultural Workers’ Day. The Minister of Finance of the Russian Empire and one of the founders of the St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute, Sergei Yulievich Witte, said: Raising a modern engineer without good humanitarian training is not only immoral, but also destructive for the country.

Technical thought is inseparable from art, literature and music. I can’t imagine an engineer outside of culture. Without joining Pushkin and Lermontov, Chekhov and Tolstoy, Repin and Tchaikovsky, he will achieve nothing… An engineer must think symphonically, echoed the scientist, architect and inventor V. G. Shukhov.

The Polytechnic University has always adhered and continues to adhere to the opinion of these two great people. Throughout its history, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has paid great attention to the spiritual and moral education of students, their cultural development and humanitarian disciplines. Now the university is preparing highly qualified humanitarian specialists, and all first-year students, without exception, are exposed to the best examples of musical creativity during the “Musical Semesters,” which are unique for Russian higher education.

The special asset of the university is the deep cultural and historical traditions formed by its professors, graduates and students. There are two theaters at the Polytechnic. At vocal competitions, the university is glorified by the Polyhymnia choir, chamber choir, and PolyVox studio. The SPbPU orchestra is widely known among polytechnic students. The PolyDance dance studio annually invites students to study various areas of choreography. The university regularly hosts photo competitions and art exhibitions.

The heart of our university is the White Hall. At creative evenings and major concerts, talented performers perform there, including famous actors, musicians, vocalists, dance groups and orchestras, and admission to these performances is always free for students.

The diverse cultural life of our university is primarily the merit of the head of the Directorate of Cultural Programs and Youth Creativity of SPbPU Boris Kondin, the Director of the Cultural and Educational Complex of SPbPU Marina Arkannikova and the entire staff of the directorate.

On March 25, 1917, one of the participants in the USSR atomic project, Vasily Vladimirovich Alekseev, was born. After graduating from the seven-year school, factory school and workers’ school in 1934, he entered the Leningrad Industrial Institute. In October 1938, after the fourth year, he was enrolled in a special recruitment at the Military Electrotechnical Academy of Communications at the Radio Engineering Faculty of the Military Electrotechnical Academy of the Red Army. He graduated from it in 1940.

Since January 1948, he served at the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. For the preparation and testing of RDS-6s, RDS-4 and RDS-5 products at testing ground No. 2, he received the Stalin Prize. He was also awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

On March 25, 2016, the winners of the European Science Photo Competition (ESPC-2015) were announced. Second place in the “People in Science” category was taken by a participant from Russia, a 4th year student at the Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Daniil Filatov.

The European Scientific Photography Competition was held for the first time and immediately collected more than 3 thousand works from 40 countries. The competition consisted of two parts: the Russian-language part took place in November and December 2015, then the organizers sent photographs of the winners to the international final. The competition was held in five categories: “People in Science”, “Microimages”, “Non-photographic materials”, “Image series”, “General category”. The result is that the five best photographs of Russians (winners of each category), including the work of Daniil Filatov, reached the European final. The winners were determined by an expert jury, which included representatives of well-known magazines, universities and scientific curators. The first places in the European Scientific Photography Competition went to representatives of Germany, Hungary, Estonia and Greece. Second places went to participants from Russia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece and Slovakia.

On March 27, 2015, a new Russian construction record was officially recognized in St. Petersburg – it was included in the Guinness Book of Records as a record for the volume of continuous concreting. The foundation slab of the main building of the Lakhta Center is the world’s largest monolithic structure produced by the continuous pouring method. 19,624 m³ of concrete mixture was poured into the foundation of the Lakhta Center within 49 hours, which exceeds the previous registered world record by 3,000 cubic meters. Participating in this work was Vladimir Tarasov, a student at the Polytechnic Institute of Civil Engineering, who spent the last two years of his studies working on the construction of the Lakhta Center. By the way, in 2016, Vladimir became one of the 15 best graduates – “gold” medalists.

March 27 is World Theater Day. And this fact is directly related to our university. Amateur theaters in universities are not uncommon, but at the Polytechnic there are two of them. The Glagol Theater will be 53 years old on April 4. It was created in 1971 by Alexander Maksimovich Borshchevsky, associate professor of the Department of Physical Chemistry of the Faculty of Physics and Metallurgy, together with his students. Alexander Maksimovich passed away at the end of 2020, and now the theater is headed by his son Alexander Borshchevsky. And he has been in charge of the creative part of the theater for more than 35 years artistic director and director Konstantin Gershov. By the way, “Glagol” is one of the few university theaters in Russia with a permanent repertoire.

A little younger than the Polytechnic Student Theater – he turned 50 in December 2023. He was born not at the Polytechnic Institute, but at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering “LMZ-VTUZ” (PIMash). The theater was headed by a fourth-year student at the Turbine Engineering Faculty, Viktor Borisenko, who later studied to become a director and to this day successfully runs the theater at the Polytechnic. In 2011, PIMash was merged with St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and so we had two theaters. They are very different, each has their own style. You can compare them by attending performances of “Glagol” on Captain Voronin Street, 13 and the Student Theater on Polyustrovsky Prospekt, 14.

On March 28, 1907, Professor Alexander Sergeevich Posnikov was unanimously elected to the position of director of the Polytechnic Institute. This happened as a result of dramatic events that shook the institute and ended with the removal of Prince A.G. Gagarin from the leadership of the university.

On February 18, 1907, the police searched the institute’s dormitories and found weapons and explosives. 20 people were arrested. However, researchers still doubt the reliability of the results of this search. Professor of the Polytechnic Institute, Academician M.A. Pavlov, in his “Memoirs of a Metallurgist” wrote: Most likely, the bombs were planted by the police themselves. This point of view is also found in some materials of the post-revolutionary years.

After the removal of A.G. Gagarin, the Institute Council urgently had to elect a director. It was the eldest of the deans, A.S. Posnikov.

From March 28 to April 5, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Polytechnic University did not study or work. The only exceptions were services, without which the functioning of the university is impossible. Such measures were taken at that time to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. By order of the rector of St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Andrei Rudsky, the salary for this was paid. And students had holidays from March 28 to April 5.

From March 29 to March 31, 2017, a delegation from the Polytechnic University headed by Rector A. I. Rudsky visited MSTU. N. E. Bauman in Moscow. This was a return visit – exactly a year ago, in March 2016, a delegation from Baumanka visited the Polytechnic University. On the first day, polytechnic students learned that Bauman University has its own “red square”; that you can have lunch in the “glutton rows” – a whole corridor of different canteens and cafes; that the traditional meeting place for Bauman residents is “at the foot” – this is what students call the monument to N. E. Bauman in the courtyard of the main building of the university. In addition to landmark places for Baumanians, polytechnicians were shown the main buildings and scientific and educational centers of the university, such as the Center for Nanoplasmonics, the workshop of the Formula Student team, the Youth Space Center, the House of Physics, and much more.

Then students from two universities invited teachers to fight them on the football field. The historic football match took place at the Baumanki sports complex. And then the rectors A. A. Alexandrov and A. I. Rudskoy planted two apple trees in the park.

On March 29, 2023, in the concert hall of the Mariinsky Theater, the winners of the II All-Russian open choir festival-competition “Rainbow” named after. I. V. Roganova. Artistic director of the SPbPU Chamber Choir Alexandra Makarova received the title “Best Conductor”. And the group of singing polytechnic students under her direction became the 1st degree laureate in the “Amateur Youth Choirs” nomination.

The Polyhymnia choir in the same nomination was awarded the title of laureate of the 2nd degree, and in the nomination “Choruses, ensembles and vocal groups in the genre of popular music” – laureate of the 3rd degree.

On March 29, 2016, at the House of Scientists in Lesnoy, the winners of the competition “Best Humanitarian of Polytechnic” were awarded, in which students of technical specialties competed in their knowledge of the humanities. The competition aroused great interest: more than 150 people registered to participate in the first round. Students from all Polytechnic institutes submitted applications for participation, and the strongest 20 reached the finals. Right on stage, the finalists had to recognize portraits of famous people, answer quick questions on the humanities and give a short speech on one of the proposed topics relating to charity, humanism and tolerance. The guys demonstrated erudition, stage presence and oratory skills.

On March 30, 2019, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University won the competition to develop a roadmap for the development of “end-to-end” digital technology “New Production Technologies” of the National Program “Digital Economy of the Russian Federation” until 2024. The work was performed by the NTI SPbPU Competence Center “New Production Technologies”.

On March 31, 1940, the T-34 tank was put into serial production, the chief designer of which was 1934 LPI graduate Mikhail Ilyich Koshkin. In 1934 M.I. Koshkin defended his diploma in the specialty “mechanical engineer for the design of cars and tractors”, the topic of his thesis was “Variable gearbox of a medium tank”.

On March 31, 2016, a creative meeting with the famous Soviet and Russian composer, singer and producer Dmitry Malikov took place on the stage of the White Hall. A guest of the Polytechnic University shared: The meeting at SPbPU is a new format and experience for me. Dmitry Malikov performed the song “Mom’s Birthday” and answered questions from students and fans.

On March 31, 2022, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra “Classics” gave a large concert in memory of Daniil Granin in the White Hall of the Polytechnic University.

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