The "critical" fields of study to which a newly created government stipend
A list of 93 professions targeted by the modernization stipend plan signed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was published Monday on a government
Recipients of the planned 8,000 stipends will receive between 2,000 and 14,000 rubles ($65 to $455) per month.
Specific jobs included steam turbine engineers, programmers and aviation specialists, but nowhere on the list are jobs related to the study of humanities.
Lev Yakobson, vice rector of the Higher School of Economics,
"That's serious support," he said.
The government hopes that the initiative will help alleviate a shortage of highly qualified specialists in the country. As many as 50 percent of large technology companies can't find the specialists they need in Russia, the news magazine Expert reported.