Leader Underlines Significance of Iran's Continued Scientific Growth
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday highlighted the role of science as a means of power and development, and called for maintaining the pace of scientific growth in Iran despite enemies' efforts to undermine it.
Addressing a group of Iranian university chancellors and heads of higher education and research centers here in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the “pace of scientific progress” as “very crucial and fundamental” to the continuation of Iran’s scientific movement.
“If the pace of the country’s scientific progress slows down, our distance from the world’s scientific movement will increase,” Imam Khamenei warned, urging that Iran should maintain its growth pace.
The Leader further highlighted the role science can play in national development and power, and said that Iran’s future will be affected by the performance of universities in training the country’s future managers.
Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the plots hatched by Westerners for the so-called third-world countries, warning that they are planning to use the country’s universities to train managers based on Western lifestyles and ways of thinking.
The Leader, however, noted that the plot has failed to yield result in Iran thanks to the Iranian identity and the deep Islamic and religious thinking among Iranian students.
“Hegemonic powers are now seeking to change the thoughts of a country’s active, intelligent, and elite elements in a way that these elements fulfil their (hegemonic powers’) goals,” Imam Khamenei cautioned.
In similar remarks back in July, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the major role of academics and scientific centers to counter enemies’ hostile plot, calling for a push to continue scientific progress in the country.
The Leader also hailed Iran's success to gain the world’s 16th position in the ranking of scientific powers, describing that as a result of some 10-15 years of incessant efforts in the country’s universities and scientific centers.
Imam Khamenei, however, criticized a recent slowdown in Iran’s scientific acceleration, urging the officials to double efforts to quicken the pace of the country’s scientific development.