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Rules for Participation as an Opponent and a Member of the Discussion Council

The rights and obligations of these categories are fundamentally different. If official opponents are called upon to control the quality of the research, to obtain an objective assessment from the outside, then the Discussion Council is directly involved in assessing the level of competence of the author. Moreover, opponents evaluate only scientific work, and the Discussion Council also evaluates the oratorical abilities of the applicant, his ability to argue his position, correctly answer questions, quickly navigate the information field, etc.

The difference between an official opponent and a member of the Discouncil

Official opponents are required to provide written feedback, which will be read out and counted at the final stage. At the defense of the project, they can also personally express their position regarding the quality of materials, the professionalism of the author, the advantages and disadvantages of scientific work. They will certainly be taken into account in the course of making the final decision regarding the further fate of the applicant for a scientific degree.

Review of opponents is an accompanying document attached to the dissertation. Its presence is a prerequisite for obtaining admission to protection. At least 2/3 of the total composition of the Discussion Council must be present at the defense of the dissertation. Moreover, the reason for the absence of a member of the certification body at the meeting must be documented (that is, only valid).

The members of the commission will listen to the author of the scientific work, if necessary, ask him questions related to the topic of the study and his activities, evaluate the quality of the materials and their compliance with the standards. The final assessment and decision is made through a "secret ballot" (filling out special ballots), in which all the members of the Discussion Council present take part. The final decision is formalized in the relevant protocol and decision.

Each of the parties (applicant, opponent, member of the Discouncil and the entire Discouncil as a whole) must present their arguments emphasizing the importance and correctness of their position. The sequence of actions for defending a dissertation is strictly defined: first, the applicant speaks, then official opponents speak, then a secret ballot is held and a decision is made, sent for approval to the Higher Attestation Commission.

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