Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
Teachers and students of the Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Bryusov have sent an open letter to President Serzh Sargsyan.
"The teaching staff of the YSLU is deeply concerned over the atmosphere inside the university. The insulting statements and disrespectful attitude by Suren Zolyan and his supporter-'free teachers' are inadmissible. Zolyan's services as a public worker and scientists are undisputable but his authoritarian style of management inside the university and negligence towards the teaching staff is deepening year by year. Zolyan calls a show introduction of the acting rector but it is Zolyan who makes a show every day sending a small group of students (40-60 people out of 4,000 students) to the street to protect his interests," the letter reads. A total of 178 teachers and students signed the letter.
To recall, on April 17 Armenian Minister of Education and Science Armen Ashotyan signed a decree on dismissal of Souren Zolyan from the post of the Rector of the Yerevan State Linguistic University and on termination of the labor contract signed with Zolyan on 17 March 2008. The press service of the Ministry reported that the dismissal was preceded by two disciplinary sanctions imposed on Zolyan on April 6 and April 17. The first severe reprimand was for the fact that
Zolyan ignored Armen Ashotyan's instruction not to leave Armenia over the period from 19 to 23 March and devolved his responsibility upon another person. The second reprimand was the response to the numerous violations revealed at the Yerevan State Linguistic University during the inspection carried out by the Ministry on March 20-27.