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112 talented student have left Iran: press report

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA -- Persian daily Siasat-e Rouz (Politics Today) here Tuesday quoted the head of 'Young Scholars Association' that over 112 student who have won gold, silver and bronze medals in various scientific olympiads around the world have left the country and are enrolled in leading US and European universities.

The association is responsible for identifying and screening young talented students.

In addition, he said, over 38 students who have represented Iran in the olympiads, but not gotten medals, have also gone abroad.

The issue of brain drain has been the topic of much discussions among official circles including finding ways to stem the flow of talented youth from going abroad.

In one of the latest comments on the subject `Iran News' in its editorial on Monday deeply regretted the rising percentage of 'brain drain' in the country, urging Iranian officials to adopt concrete measures to check this unpleasant phenomena.

The so-called 'brain drain' is costing the country some dlrs 50 billion annually, noted the English-language daily, revealing the actual figure of those leaving the country as 145,000.

Even the government's claims that they are taking steps to 'slow own and reverse' the seemingly unstoppable trend of brain drain has proved to be only lip service and little is being actually done to improve the situation, maintained the daily, citing 'unfavorable political and economic conditions' as the two primary reasons for this phenomena.

The meager wages the young educated professionals earn is not sufficient to make ends meet, let alone purchasing a car, buying a house or getting married, highlighted the article.

To add on to the woes of the younger generation, which constitutes more than 65 percent of the entire population, is the 'identity and social' crisis, added the daily.

Unfortunately, 'civil and social rights and the obligations of the state toward the individual are not clearly defined in the system' and more often than not, are regrettably 'denied or ignored', lamented th daily.

"The young generation demands accountability from the government that is progressive and modern and not tied up in the past," stressed the daily.

It is high time the country's officials realized that no nation in history has achieved prosperity, progress and economic development without investing heavily in its young generation as well as heeding its legitimate demands, it stressed in conclusion.

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