The Government of the Russian Federation has updated the composition of the Higher Attestation Commission (HAC, 'VAK' – in Russian, ed.) at the Ministry of Education and Science. The corresponding decree was published on the website of the Government. According to the document, Prof Alexey Pestryakov from the Research School of Chemistry & Applied Biomedical Sciences served on not just the Commission but the HAC Presidium, as well.
The recently issued decree implies the expansion of the HAC member list that now includes 139 people. Among them, there are many medical specialists. The diversity of the Commission also extended. The HAC members represent all federal districts of Russia and even five foreign countries including Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan. Rector of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia Vladimir Filippov remained at the position of chairman of the Higher Attestation Commission.
Alexey Pestryakov is one of the most cited scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University (h-index 29). For over 30 years he has been engaged in research, studying catalysts based on nanoparticles of metals like gold, silver, and copper. Another area of his interests is the development of medical preparations based on silver nanoparticles, which have shown to be effective in veterinary medicine and in the treatment of diabetes impact.
Prof Pestraykov says:
‘This is undoubtedly a great honor and another sign of recognition of the University and me as a scientist. There is a lot of work to be done, particularly in view of a serious reform expected in the Higher Attestation Commission, about which HAC chairman Vladimir Filippov has already spoken in his interviews.’
Tomsk Polytechnic University was entitled to confer independently the degrees of candidate and doctor of sciences. On 27 May 2019, a PhD thesis defense in line with new rules was held at TPU. Nevertheless, TPU scientists continue to participate in the work of Higher Attestation Commission, both directly within the Commission and in the number of expert councils.