Wednesday, November 22 2017 18:27
Tatevik Shahunyan

Cabinet members and students will set up a working group to discuss  subordinate acts arising from the law "On the Status of Servicemen  and Military Service"

Cabinet members and students will set up a working group to discuss  subordinate acts arising from the law "On the Status of Servicemen  and Military Service"

ArmInfo. As a result of the Round Table, an agreement was reached between students protesting against the cancellation of the deferment from military service for  students of universities, the Armenian government deputies and Cabinet members on the creation of a working group to discuss student proposals.

During the round table, the students, in particular, offered to  launch a new program that would allow students of universities in  parallel with the bachelor's program to complete military service for  two and a half months at intervals. Representatives of the  legislative and executive authorities promised to discuss all the  proposals within the working group, which will deal with the  development of bylaws emanating from the law "On the Status of  Servicemen and Military Service." According to the members of the  government and deputies, it is quite possible that the students'  proposals will be reflected in these by-laws.

The next meeting of students with government officials will take  place in two weeks.  The main emphasis of students insisting on the  continuity of higher and postgraduate education was put on the fact  that, according to statistics, the number of young people who after  the army go to science is significantly inferior to the number of  scientists who had the opportunity to engage in their professional  activities continuously, from lessons.

Artak Zakaryan agreed with the argument, emphasizing that if the  government, after implementing the new system, feels such a danger,  the situation will be settled by the relevant decisions of the  government.

The next defect of the law, pointed out by students, and which could  not be repelled by Cabinet members, is that the new law does not  create equal conditions for conscripts of all professions who wish to  engage in science while serving in the army. For example, if students  who are proficient in the field of high technologies and natural  sciences can, to a certain extent, engage in these sciences within  the service in the Armed Forces, then let's say the same  philosophers, historians, geographers are unlikely to apply their  knowledge and develop them within the army service . The Deputy  Minister of Defense agreed with this, noting that the state gives  priority to those sciences that are more needed at the moment.

It should be noted that the law "On the Status of Servicemen and  Military Service" Provides for the complete cancellation of the  postponement of the army for all categories young people who are fit  for physical and mental health for service in the army. This caused a  protest from Armenian students, who believe that the new law will hit  hard on the system and the quality of education of the country. The  members of the Cabinet and the ruling Republican Party do not agree  with this. After the protest actions of the students, the authorities  made a concession and proposed to hold a round table with the  participation of the Vice Speaker of the Parliament Eduard  Sharmazanov, the heads of the relevant parliamentary commissions, the  Deputy Minister of Defense Artak Zakaryan, the Minister of Education  and Science Levon Mkrtchyan and the students to discuss the proposals  that the latter offer as by-laws.

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