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Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says

Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said February 12 the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates.

Today there were about 20 scientists in the hall. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that only based on the results of their work can one judge on the development of the whole industry. 

At the same time science must keep up with the times and innovations should not gather dust on the shelves. The main measure of the quality of new developments is their return and the real profit.

The President also spoke about the quality of education, because the preparation of the future generation of researchers begins at school.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
Science today is the most important resource for the lifting of entire industries. New developments can significantly save resources and energy, help reduce production costs and make Belarus competitive in foreign markets. The topic of import substitution is still relevant. It becomes very important. It is important for us to not simply produce affordable goods of higher quality but also fully meet the needs of the customer, tailored to our resource base and operating conditions. It is no exaggeration to say that special attention is to public humanities because it is their achievements that are the basis of the ideology of the state, which determines the outlook of people in any society.
It's no secret that we have a lot of educational literature that does not meet modern requirements both in form and content. We need high-quality textbooks. I have been repeating it for several years and I promise you that this year will be a turning point. I want the chiefs to hear it. Stop talking about it. If there are no good books, we will never get you - doctors and professors - in the future. We need high quality textbooks for schools and universities in a number of subjects, but primarily on history. I have to say to the Government and the Ministry of Education: you are simply negligent approaching this. This is disregard. That should not be the case. In three months, you'll need to report to me on the implementation of orders and tasks that are acute at school. Let alone universities, you know the situation there better than me. There are also enough problems there.

Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says