University should be gov’t think tank, centre of change in society/ Building a strong Iran requires a strong movement in science production/ Country’s scientific, academic power it possible to recreate the position of Iranian civilisation as scientific reference

The President said that scientific progress and change is the focus of the second step of the upstream document, adding, "University is the central point of creating change in society and universities and scientific centres should be the government's think tank in creating change in society”.

Mon 11 - October 2021 - 14:04

Speaking at the official reopening ceremony of the 1400-1401 academic year of the country's universities and research and technology centres on Monday morning, Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi expressed hope that universities will have a distinct year full of remarkable scientific achievements, saying, "The upstream document of the Second Step of the Revolution pivots around scientific progress and Iran, with its very high academic potential, can have an important place in the world scientific arena”.
The President said that we need change in the country and this change must be science-based, adding, "Universities and academics must identify the needs of the country with a central issue and provide solutions to overcome the problems”.

Ayatollah Raisi stressed that universities should help the government to solve the country's problems and, above all, be the government's think tank, adding, "Intellectuals are those who monitor society's issues as a watchdog, warn of harm in a timely manner and offer solutions to resolve it”.

Pointing out that the scientific potential of the country's academics creates the hope that we can recreate the position of Iranian civilisation as the scientific authority, the President said, "Wherever we have taken the right path, we have been able to claim our true position, an example of which is the excellent role of university and academics in fighting coronavirus, which I appreciate”.

Dr Raisi said, "All parts of society should pay attention to the opinions and words of academics and experts, and the chairs of open-mindedness and theorising in universities should flourish more than before”.

The President continued his speech by stating that the plans of the 13th government to build a strong Iran require a strong movement in the production of science, adding, "Power is not only in building missiles, although progress in this area is also a source of pride, but should be in other areas. We need to advance in science and technology so that the country becomes strong in various aspects”.

Dr Raisi described the strong movement for the production of science as the need of the government today, especially in creating the transformation of basic science in the country and said, "In this regard, the role of university is a pivotal role that is not possible only with the efforts of the Minister of Science. All universities in the country, especially universities in Tehran that have a central role in this field, should cooperate with the government in the field of problem solving and providing solutions”.

In another part of his remarks, the President referred to the words of the representative of the university staff and said, "In order to solve the welfare and financial problems of the university staff, we seek to create a comprehensive and fair payment system in the country so that all employees can be seen in it”.

Reacting to the remarks of a number of students, which were broadcast in the form of a video package at the ceremony, Dr Raisi said, "With the capacities I know in the country, I have high hopes for the bright future of Iran and I believe that there is no impasse ahead of us”.

The president said, "It is natural that the enemy does not want us to progress, but we can double the speed of the country's progress through scientific work".

At the end of the ceremony, Ayatollah Raisi led the noon and afternoon prayers with a number of students in the mosque of the University of Tehran.

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