Jafar Tofighi, the interim head of Iran's Ministry Science, has announced that a review of the cases of a number of suspended or expelled university students has resulted in their return to their studies.
The Mehr News Agency reports that Tofighi stressed once again that the ministry will no longer single out and target students for their political and personal beliefs.
During the administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the term "starred students" was coined, referring to students who were deemed to have "unacceptable" political activities or beliefs. These students were often suspended or expelled from university and not allowed to continue their studies.
Tofighi has stressed that there will be no "starred students" under the new administration.
- A group of Allameh Tabtabai University students who have been suspended or expelled from the university on mostly political grounds held a protest on Saturday in front of the new university supervisor. - 9/15/13
- Jafar Tofighi, the caretaker of Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, has announced that in the new academic year, no student will be expelled or denied education because of his or her political interests. - 9/2/13
- Sadreddin Shariati, the controversial head of Allameh Tabatabai University, was removed from his position on Monday by the caretaker of Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Jafar Tofighi. ISNA reports that on Monday September 2, Hossein Salimi was appointed as the president of Allameh Tabtabai University and will begin his tenure on September 3. - 9/2/13
- In a letter to President Hassan Rohani, the Iranian Academy of Sciences is calling for an end to the critical state of universities and the security-laden atmosphere dominating the higher-education system. - 8/21/13