1223 GMT January 20, 2019
Creating a tension-free atmosphere is the main precondition for accelerating the country’s scientific development, said Iran’s minister of science, research and technology on Sunday.
University has always been a defender of rationality and prudent policies, added Mansour Gholami in an address to a ceremony marking the beginning of university’s academic year held at the University of Tehran, IRNA reported.
The ceremony was attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
He said during the riots in Iran in December 2017, the Iranian academic sector tactfully and prudently refrained from creating any wave and analyzed the demands.
Gholami added that the Ministry Science, Research and Technology defines its mission at three levels: 1. International, 2. National and 3. Local.
He underlined that as a body with the highest social level among the people, university aspires to maintain unity among the people.
The minister described the academic and educational system as a change causing and effective one which has always been committed to fulfilling religious aspirations, adding Iran’s academic and educations sector played a very significant role in the victory of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, during the Iraqi imposed war (1980-88) and the country’s development.
Gholami noted that enabling the sector to continue playing an effective role is dependent on helping Iranian universities thrive and maintain their status.
He urged Iranian universities to extend the boundaries of science, compete with international scientific and academic centers and play a greater role in the country’s scientific production.
The minister said the university is responsible for promoting a national and religious culture, adding it is not merely a center for producing scientific and materialistic outcomes, but a social and cultural organization the main responsibility of which is bringing up cognizant and intellectual individuals.
Commenting on the scientific achievements of the Iranian universities, he noted that in 2017, Iran ranked first in terms of achieving the highest relative growth rate (8.9 percent) in science followed by Russia (6.6 percent) and China (4.3 percent), which shows the great efforts by Iranian academics and university professors and students.
Gholami added this rate was calculated based on the number of articles registered by Iranians on the world’s top websites from 2012-17.
He said the number of Iranian articles registered on such websites in 2017 indicated a 34-percent rise compared to the same figure for 2012.
The minister noted that in the year to March 2018, Iran ranked 75th in terms of technological and knowledge-based achievements, adding at present, 43 science and technology parks, supporting newly established domestic companies and new-technology based firms, are active in the country.