A group of Qazvin University students staged a peaceful sit-in in support of the Ministry of Science.

The students prepared a petition informing parliament that they support the appointees of the new Minister of Science Reza Farajidana.

President Rohani's appointees for the role of Minister of Science have been voted down and rejected because of their progressive ideas for running the universities.

Jafar Tofoghi, the interim supervisor of the ministry, dismissed a number of hardliners from leadership positions at universities and allowed students who had been expelled for political activities to return to their studies.

The president has made it clear to Parliament that the universities will operate according to more moderate policies under his administration.