Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the country's Comprehensive Scientific Plan during a ceremony held in Tehran on Tuesday.
Science, Research and Technology Minister Kamran Daneshju, Health Minister Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, High Council of the Cultural Revolution Secretary Mohammadreza Mokhber Dezfuli, and a number of other officials attended the ceremony.
On the sidelines of the ceremony, Ahmadinejad unveiled a special stamp commemorating the Comprehensive Scientific Plan.
The Comprehensive Scientific Plan, which has been drawn up by the High Council of the Cultural Revolution, is the country's main plan for long-term sustainable growth in the field of science.
The responsibilities of each of the country's scientific institutions have been outlined in the plan, which has been drawn up to coordinate the country's scientific activities.
Over 2000 scientific experts from 800 science and research centers worked together to draw up the plan. The effort took over 36,000 man-hours.
The Comprehensive Scientific Plan has been devised based on about 51,000 pages of documents and includes 224 scientific projects which must be implemented by the year 2025.
Several countries, such as the United States, Australia, South Korea, Japan, India, and China, have similar long-term scientific plans.
During a meeting with a group of scientific officials four years ago, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said a comprehensive scientific plan should be drawn up.
The comprehensive scientific plan is the country's "most urgent" need, and its implementation will accelerate Iran's scientific progress, the Leader said during the meeting.
The draft of the plan was prepared three years ago, and a revised version of the plan was ratified on January 4, 2011.
Science must lead to self-actualization
In his address at the unveiling ceremony for the plan, President Ahmadinejad said science must lead to self-actualization.
Science must be at the service of human beings and not the other way around, he emphasized.
Ahmadinejad also thanked the experts who contributed to the creation of the Comprehensive Scientific Plan.
"It must not be assumed that this plan is totally comprehensive, but rather it should be revised constantly so that it can lead us to our final goal," he said.
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