Kamran Daneshjoo

Iran’s Minister of Science and Technology insists that Iranian universities want “no secular professors.”

The Etemad daily reported on Tuesday that Science Minister Kamran Daneshjoo says: “Universities are where human power is trained proportionate to revolutionary values and ideals.” Therefore, secular professors cannot teach at universities.

Daneshjoo claimed that secular professors, however erudite, “will harm the academic atmosphere.”

He added that 12,000 new members have been added to university faculties in order to change the current situation of universities.

Earlier, the science minister had also stated that university faculty members who are not “aligned with the regime” and “show no practical commitment to the supreme leadership” will be dismissed.

In the past three years, the Islamic Republic has targeted universities and the education system with policies aimed at aligning them with so-called Islamic principles. Chief among these policies have been the dismissal and forced retirement of scores of professors, gender segregation and an overhauling curricula.