What are the problems of universities?

Iran’s Minister of Science, Research and Technology Reza Faraji-Dana answers the lawmakers’ questions at a Majlis session on September 30, 2013.

Aug 17, IRNA – The MPs seek to remove Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana from office for adopting approaches that have allegedly undermined the scientific status of universities, a daily wrote Saturday.
A number of hardline lawmakers are gearing up to impeach Faraji-Dana on Wednesday, Iran Daily wrote in its Press Panorama column quoting the Persian daily Sharq.

These critics claim that politics has eclipsed scientific discussions in academic centers, it added.

Such accusations are baseless for three reasons:

First, the 2013-14 academic year has been one of the least controversial periods in the last few years.

University students have never sacrificed research and scientific studies for political activities in the first year of Faraji-Dana’s term in office.

If certain parliamentarians are worried about academic failures, they should come up with tangible examples to prove their claims, Sharq suggested.

Second, students have been identified with irresponsible elements who must be controlled.

Based on such an ideology, any opening up of the political atmosphere of universities would lure students toward political activities rather than scientific studies, it said.

ˈDespite such a claim, elites who graduated in the last few decades have been involved in political activities.ˈ

Third, conservatives have admitted that political freedom will dent academic achievements. Such statements verify that they had taken the helm of the Science Ministry during the tenure of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and banned any political activities.

However, if conservatives were concerned about academic failures, they would have addressed the calls of students deprived of education in that era, Sharq noted.

ˈUndoubtedly, parliamentarians, who have tabled a censure motion against Faraji-Dana, are worried about their declining clout.ˈ

They are fully aware that an overwhelming majority of university students disagree with their stance, the paper said, adding, as a result, the MPs are exploring ways of preventing political activities in universities.



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