Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a letter to Minister of Science, Research and Technology Kamran Daneshjou ordered him to remove heads of University of Tehran and Teachers Training University.
Farhad Rahbar, head of the University of Tehran
According to IRNA Monday night news team, President Ahmadinejadˈs letter on the issue reads in part:
As a university faculty member and a minister you are well aware that the universities possess the highest scientific position in the country and the erudite and pious university professors have trained the young elites and scientific experts of this land, selflessly, with love, and piety.
The university faculties have presented vast, pride-inspiring scientific and technological services to the great Iranian nation that we have been continually witnessed their fruits.
During the era of the Islamic Revolution and the sacred defense (against the Iraqi invasion) they acted selflessly and presented thousands of martyrs and revered war disabled veterans as the documents of their sacred link with the revolution and the nation.
The offspring of the nation must learn the lessons of freedom, gallantry, patriotism, monotheism, and serving the nation amid and exalted scientific and ethical atmosphere, and thus prepare themselves for a better and more beautiful tomorrow and for accepting the heavy responsibility of constructing, progressing, and establishing justice and monotheism.
The general atmosphere of the universities must be full of hope, kindness, freedom and trust.
Unfortunately, and according to precisely acquired information, in two important universities, the University of Tehran, which is the mother of the countryˈs universities and the proudest among them, as well as the Teachers Training University, which is the unique official teachers training center of the country the general atmosphere is managed differently, which is somewhat contrary to the general direction of the nation and beneath the dignity of the universities and the university faculties.
The politically motivated and unscientific, and probably intelligence approach of the managers is incompetent and destructive in social atmospheres and even more incompetent and destructive at university atmospheres.
While respecting the respectable heads of these two major scientific centers of the country, and following several round of talks in recent months, you are expected to perform your legal duties immediately, regardless of any preservations, save for preserving the scientific, cultural, and pious mission of the universities, as well as the values of the Islamic Revolution, in safeguarding the barriers of the universities, and to appoint managers who would be better acquainted with the delicacies of universitiesˈ functions, and to take advantage of the current managers at other places.
You know well that I deeply like your honor and these dear individuals and the entire university folks and the prestigious and mature university students and the universities.
Farhad Rahbar, one of the managers of the former Budget and Planning Organization, which was dissolved during the early years of President Ahmadinejadˈs tenure, was appointed as the head of the University of Tehran in January 2007 and Bizhan Ranjbar, too, has been the head of the Teachers Training University as of May, 2010.
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