250 DIASPORAN ARMENIAN ENTRANTS PRESENT APPLICATIONS FOR STUDYING IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF ARMENIA UP TODAY YEREVAN, AUGUST 11, NOYAN TAPAN. By the RA Government's decision, 70 places for free education were allocated this year at institutions of higher education of Armenia for Diasporan Armenian entrants. Amalya Kocharian, the senior specialist of the Department on Ties with Diaspora of the Department on International Cooperation and Diaspora of the RA Ministry of Education and Science informed the Noyan Tapan correspondent about it. She mentioned that those places will be given to higher educational institutions having Armenological professions and art ones: mainly to the Yerevan Kh.Abovian Pedagogical University, YSU, Yerevan State Academy of Art, Komitas Conservatory, Yerevan Istitute of Theater and Cinematogtaphy. A.Kocharian also informed that Diasporan Armenian entrants' applications are accepted till August 17, and entrance exams will be held in late August. According to her words, those entrants who will not pass the envisaged "positive threshold" may study at the preparatory department of the given institution of higher education. A.Kocharian mentioned that 250 entrants, mainly from Georgia, Russia as well as U.S., Holland, Cyprus, Israel, Iraq and Lebanon, presented up today. The RA Ministry of Education and Science implements Diasporan Armenian entrants' purposeful entrance starting from 1999. According to A.Kocharian's words, its goal is to assist keeping of the Armenian education in Diaspora and formation of Armenian children's identity. 2960 Diasporan Armenian students study at present in institutions of higher education of Armenia.