Imam Khomeini sought changes in university system in accordance with nation’s needs

Imam Khomeini sought changes in university system in accordance with nation’s needs

Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Imam Khomeini sought changes in university system in accordance with the nation’s needs. Imam once in a historic message said as following:

“…We say that our colleges have become a field of battle of propaganda. Our youth, supposing, if at all attain knowledge but they fall short of good breeding and a desired appreciable growth concerning moral and manners. They have no Islamic training at all. They go to college only to obtain a piece of paper (by name of a degree) and to go to be a parasite upon the nation.

The college is not in line with the needs of the nation nor does it respond to the necessities of the country. Generations and our youth who are most dear to us are now a waste. Their vigor and energy goes in vain. During these fifty years, our power has had been a loss or it was utilized to the benefit of the foreigners. Teachers of our schools are not Islamic teachers. There has had been no training alongside the education. Therefore, we do not have a man committed to his nation or not prefer and persuade his own selfish motives among the college fellows. Our colleges should be in the service of the nation. This is what we say. So our colleges should fundamentally undergo a change…” 

We have a short brief look on the background of the national student in Iran as following:

The rage of the Iranian people against the U.S. and its allies, mounted on December 7, 1953, as three students were killed at the Tehran University.

The manipulation of the political processes of Iranian society in the early years of 1320 (1941) and the fall of Reza Shah, which resulted in the coup d'état of Mordad 28, 1332, was not only the CIA’s doing, but also had the British intelligence service (MI6) as well as US oil cartels’ hands in it.

 They were seeking to circumvent the “anti-monopoly” in the United States, and to establish a link with the official government policy of the Middle East to share Iran oil with two oil companies “Royal Dutch Shell” and “Total” (French oil company of that day).

 These American and non-American private companies signed a consortium agreement with Iran in 1333 (1954) and created a new, trans-national oil cartel that dominated 85 percent of the world's oil reserves by the early 1970s. 

In the years 1962-63 with the Imam Khomeini movement, Iran entered a new stage which resulted in the victory of the 1979 revolution.

The Iranian Revolution, participated by the absolute majority of society, became the most popular revolution in the new history of the world.

The fruit of this revolution was the establishment of a new political system whose main message was the rejection of the dependence and political, economic, and cultural return to the original native identity in accordance with the requirements of the time.

 In the course of its 40 years, the Islamic Republic has gradually become more and more stable and experienced, and by passing through storms, Iran has turned into a great regional power today. However, this is still the beginning of its journey.

This year, commemoration of ‘Student Day’ was held on 7 Dec. in the presence of Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi at the University of Tehran. Student Day is the anniversary of the murder of three students of the University of Tehran on December 7, 1953

Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that the National Student Day is symbol of fight against arrogant powers, colonialism and dictatorship.

“This symbol shows the important role of university and students in knowing the needs and fulfilling them,” he said during a speech at a ceremony held to mark that the National Student Day at Tehran University.

Student Day marks the anniversary of the murder of three students in the University of Tehran on December 7, 1953 (known as Azar 16 in the Iranian calendar) by police in the Pahlavi era. Every year there are local gatherings at many universities organized by students to commemorate the day.

The top judge went on to say that students should be concerned about political and social issues in the country. He added that the students’ demands from the officials should be considered as a kind of “wealth” and “blessing”.

“Students’ demands should never be considered problem.” 

Elsewhere, Raeisi said that all officials are duty bound to practice justice. “Justice should be a common discourse at all levels of the system.” 

He also said that corruption runs contrary to justice and is unacceptable in an Islamic society, noting the Judiciary is duty bound to fight corruption and fulfil its duty.

Students also asked the Judiciary chief some questions, calling on him to seriously counter those who commit financial corruption.

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