The first issue on the agenda concerned the assignment of the academic title of associate professor to some university staff, as well as consideration of the decisions of the Faculty Academic Councils on the dean elections: the results of the elections were approved by closed voting.
Dean of the Faculty of Biology of YSU, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Academic Council on Quality Assurance Emil Gevorgyan presented 53 processed and 2 new educational programs of the Bachelor's degree.
YSU Vice-rector for Scientific Policy and International Cooperation Gegham Gevorgyan offered his colleagues not to change bachelor's, master's and post-graduate tuition fees in 2018-2019 academic year except for the new master's program "Applied statistics and data science", developed at the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of YSU, which is 1 million drams.
"The proposed specialty is relevant and in demand. I agree that the tuition fee is high, but compared to paying for the same course at other universities, it is available. In any case, this is an experimental program, in which invited tutors are involved," - said YSU Vice-Rector.
The head of the Educational and Methodological Department, Hrant Jamharyan, presented for the approval of his colleagues the order of organizing and conducting the practice of the students of Yerevan State University. Then there was an active discussion.
The administration of the university and representatives of students stressed that correctly organized and conducted educational, pedagogical practice is of great importance for the further professional activity of students.
Armen Tadevosyan, head of the Department of Management and Legal Support, told about the changes in the rules of internal discipline.
In particular, Mr. Tadevosyan focused on the changes in the schedule of works, noting that for all the employees the working time is 40 hours: "According to the Labor Code of YSU, the weekly workload of an employee should not exceed 48 hours. However, in the event that an employee is registered at a rate of 1.5, it turns out that his weekly load is 60 hours, which is contrary to law. Therefore, we propose to reduce the time schedule for the staff of the scientific and pedagogical staff to 32 hours, and in other cases leave unchanged. So, the workload of the employees, drawn up at 1.5 rates, to decrease to 48 hours."
All the issues on the agenda were approved by the members of the Academic Council.
Director David Gevorgyan presented the activities of the Center for Applied Psychology of YSU for 2016-2017 academic year, focusing on the main activities of the Center, personnel, conducted the programs, answered the questions of colleagues.
Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Psychology Alexandr Baghdasaryan stressed that the Center not only deals with educational and scientific activities, but also provides psychological assistance and psychological counseling to a wide range of people. The members of the Academic Council gave a positive assessment of the Center's activities.
Within the framework of the current issues we should note about the issue on the recommendation of scientific work by the head of the Chair of the Iranian Studies of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Yerevan State University V. Voskanyan and the senior lecturer of the chair A. Kirakosyan "Fundamentals of translations of political and diplomatic texts in Persian" to the RA Ministry of Education and Science to recognize it as a university textbook.
The issue on the recommendation of the scientific work of associate professors of the Chair of Applied Algebra and Geometry of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics of Yerevan State University V. Pilisopyan and G. Okhnikyan "Analytical Geometry" to the RA Ministry of Education and Science to recognize it as a university textbook was approved.
Then the candidature of the student of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of YSU Vanatur Sherents for the post of the Chairman of YSU Student Scientific Society was discussed, which was also approved by the members of the Academic Council.
At the end of the meeting, YSU Student Council Chairman David Apoyan raised the issue of absences at interim exams in connection with the political situation in the country.
YSU Rector Aram Simonyan noted that all absences will be considered respectful, and additional time will be allocated for passing the exams.
"Of course, the main duty of students is not to be absent, but taking into account the political situation that has developed, I think that students were right to participate in the actions," - Mr. Simonyan summed up.