On May 29, 2020, in the former residence courtyard of the Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church of Georgia, a meeting of the Scientific Council of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary held its session. It was presided by the Rector of this educational institution, PhD of Theology and Philology, Professor, Protopresbyter Giorgi Zviadadze. He presented a proposal to the members of the Scientific Council - to approve the procedure for awarding an honorary doctorate and to present this title to the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi and Metropolitan of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazeti, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. The Council unanimously approved the proposal.
According to the agenda, the remarks provided by the members of the Scientific Council were discussed in detail, some of which were taken into account and approved unanimously by the Scientific Council:
Regulations on the official responsibility of the personnel carrying out the scientific and educational function within the framework of academic ethics and service activities;
The rules for ensuring the academic integrity of undergraduate and graduate students;
Provisions of auxiliary structural units;
TTAS official website management rule;
The organizational structure of TTAS.
The statute of the Doctorate Department and Dissertation Council of TTAS was considered for its preparation and submission to the His Holiness and Beatitude, the Patriarch for his approval.
It was determined that the electronic teaching would continue for another two weeks. The Scientific Council discussed the changes that accompany the current situation and decided that the graduate students would take the exams at the Theological Academy and Seminary in accordance with the regulations, while the rest of them would continue their studies remotely.
At the suggestion of the Rector of this educational institution and with the consent of the members of the Scientific Council, it was decided that Mr. Irakli Orzhonia and Mr. Tsotne Chkheidze, who were awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology by the Dissertation Council of Tbilisi Theological Academy and Seminary, become members of the TTAS Scientific Council.