The seventeenth International Kharazmi Festival opened in Tehran on Sunday in the presence of President Mohammad Khatami, IRNA reported from Tehran.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology Jafar Tofiqi said that the national scientific system and its scientific developments in the past 25 years is among the honors and advantages of the ruling system.
Adding that the number of researchers and scholars across the country is incomparable to the pre-revolution era, he noted that at present, the names of a great number of Iranian scientists and universities have been recorded at the world scientific centers among the selected ones.
"According to all the world data banks, remarkable scientific achievements have been witnessed on the domestic scenes in recent years and Iran is considered as one of the scientifically selected countries in the region," he added.
Turning to social justice in Iran's educational system, he said, "At present, access of the most deprived social classes in the country's underdeveloped areas to higher education is competitive to major cities."
Tofiqi referred to the participation of the non-state sector in education and training, promotion of applied research along with institutional research and development of technology as some of the progress made in recent years by the country's scientific system.
"According to the fourth development plan, universities and research centers will be entirely independent, while scientific and technological research will be given special focus," he added.
For his part, Secretary of the International Kharazmi Festival Ali Reza Allahyari said that innovation and creativity are the most significant indices of scientific promotion and development of technology.
"In the international arena, we witnessed for the first time the attendance of academies of science from several countries and the world prestigious universities to introduce the celebrated scientific figures," he added.
The official noted that this year, scholars from 48 states of the world's five continents competed against one another which sets a record within the festival's 17-year history.
Some 33 Iranian and foreign selected scholars received the festival's badge and certificate of honor from President Khatami.
Of the 680 domestic projects presented at the festival, eight specific designs, four on electricity and computer, three on chemical industries, three on mechanics, one on agriculture, one on basic sciences, one on human sciences and another on biotechnology were selected as the best.
Among 200 foreign projects, three on agriculture, two on basic sciences, one on medical sciences, one on chemical industries, one on mechanics and another one on biotechnology were declared as the selected.
Meanwhile, of 15 projects worked out by the Iranian expatriates residing overseas, one on medicine and another on chemical industries topped the list.
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