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Head of Medicine Producers and Importers Union of Armenia: Higher Attestation Commission should undergo reforms.

Yerevan. The Higher Attestation Commission of the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science should undergo reforms: the

senior staff should be changed, so should the standards of provision of degrees, as well as statuses to academic periodicals, Samvel

Zakaryan, Head of the Medicine Producers and Importers Union of Armenia (MPI Union), said at a press conference on Wednesday.

He said that the need to reform the Higher Attestation Commission is confirmed by not only the complaints of the applicants

for degrees, but also by the case connected with provision of a scientific status to the "Pharma" academic periodical.

Zakaryan recalled that the periodical was founded in 2010 by the GXP Education Center of the MPI Union and the

A.L.Mnjoyan Institute of Fine Organic Chemistry of Scientific Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. The

editorial board of the periodical includes almost all the renowned Armenian scientists engaged in pharmaceutics, chemistry and biology.

The goal of "Pharma" is to present the scientific potential of Armenia in pharmaceutics and to stimulate its development. The periodical

is free of charge. Zakaryan said that the research articles are also published for free, and the cost of publishing is compensated for by the

ads of medicine producers and importers.

Zakaryan pointed out that every December the Higher Attestation Commission is to hold a sitting to approve the scientific

statuses of periodicals. The application for such a status for "Pharma" was submitted to the Commission in November 2012, but no

sitting was held. In mid February 2013, after the unanswered calls to Head of the Commission Artush Ghukasyan, Deputy Head of the

Commission Lilit Arzumanyan pointed out the reasons, for which the periodical was denied a status, whereas no relevant sitting had been


In addition, the Commission explained its "decision" by the fact that the periodical had been published for less than a year and

it contained a lot of ads. Meanwhile, the status provision order does not say a single word about ads. Moreover, the periodical had been

published for more than a year. The sitting took place in March 2013 after the founders of the periodical had threatened to sue the Higher

Attestation Commission for its reluctance to provide them with the requested information. The notification about the sitting results said

that "Pharma" had been denied a status because of "inexpediency".

"This happened amid the Armenian authorities' statements on the need to support the young scientists, and pharmaceutics was

to enjoy the state support under the strategy of export-oriented industrial policy of Armenia, adopted by the Armenian Government in

December 2011. Moreover, due to the lack of academic periodicals in pharmaceutics, the Armenian scientists have to publish their

articles in foreign periodicals", said Zakaryan and qualified the behavior of the ex-head of the Higher Attestation Commission Artush

Ghukasyan (who was dismissed in early July 2013 by the decree of the Armenian minister of education and science) as outrage.

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Date:Jul 17, 2013
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