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Belarusian universities to retain sponsor aid

Belarusian universitiesBelarusian universities will be granted the right to use sponsor aid any way they want. The decision was made by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko as he met with students and professors of the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics on 21 December, BelTA has learned.

BSUIR Rector Mr Mikhail Batura informed Alexander Lukashenko that the university has an acute shortage of personnel. Every year about 60 graduates start working for the university as their first mandatory job assignment, however, later on some of them find employment in private business. The university would like to use some of the sponsor aid for the financial support of the employees but is disallowed to do it at the moment.

Alexander Lukashenko agreed to allow universities to manage sponsor money at their own discretion. “Let’s do it for universities in the first phase. Let’s add a paragraph on encouraging specialists of universities to the decree. There is nothing to be afraid: smart people work here, they are capable of deciding where the money should be spent,” said the head of state.

Yet the President believes that the current procedure for distributing sponsor aid should be retained for other organizations: “No need to make changes for other organizations for now. They should spend sponsor money on the development of the physical infrastructure”.

“We had things in disarray in this sphere once. The schemes used to be criminalized, with sponsor aid shared off the books and so on. Therefore, I had to enforce strict regulations. For instance, sponsor aid cannot be rendered by a state-run company without the permission of the minister or a superior official,” reminded the head of state. “And we have managed to systematize and straighten out the entire structure of sponsor aid”.

“Let’s make an exception for universities in this regard,” remarked the President.

“Consider whether the matter poses a problem somewhere else, too. Various relevant requests should be combined into a single legal act. And then let’s make a decision without delays, in January,” said the head of state.

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