Mikhail Kotyukov, Minister of Science and Higher Education: On changes in admission to universities, teachers’ salaries and the ” trumpet call” for young scientists

The reviewer of Komsomolskaya Pravda, Alexander Milkus, invited a person who is responsible for the development of universities and academic institutes to the editorial office [exclusive kp.ru, video]wx1080
– The second romantic program that your ministry deals with is to bring 35.000 young researchers to science by 2024. Where do they come from? With great interest I followed  the initiative of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences to create 100 schools for the training of scientific personnel. But the question is not in schools. There should be modern laboratories, vigorous leaders and respectable  salaries that would allow to feed the family.

– 35 thousand is really a lot. On the other hand, today we have 4 million 200 thousand people studying at universities – students, undergraduates, and graduate students. And if you look at the capabilities of our universities, the figure is quite working.
Only for a government scholarship we receive  500 thousand people every year. And we also need to give an opportunity for vocational guidance and participation in research practices for students who are already studying at universities.
It is important that till graduation these guys had not just a diploma, but also personal achievements in creating novelproducts. In future, this researcher can work not only in the state scientific institute, but also in the university, and in the industrial company.
We have launched a program for the formation of new laboratories in universities and research centers. According to our estimates, at least 900 such laboratories should be formed in six years. They should mainly consist of young researchers and they will be headed by young researchers. Of course, a little older than the student age, but nonetheless.
And this work has already begun.

The full text of the interview with the Minister of Science and Higher Education Mikhail Kotyukov can be read here.