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Reflections and Outcomes of SCCR Ratifications


Protecting and Developing Persian Language and Literature

The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has played a key role in protecting and developing Persian language and literature by establishing Persian Language and Literature Development Council, Persian Language and Literature Academy, Saadi Foundation, and other ratifications.

Paying Special Attention to Islamic and Iranian Culture and Civilization

Upon establishment of the Committee of Islamic and Iranian Culture and Civilization by the Supreme Council, great achievements were made in the realm of culture and civilization. Publishing articles on Islamic and Iranian culture and civilization, publishing cultural and scientific Iranian and Muslim luminaries in the textbooks of the schools and universities, translating and publishing several books on Islamic and Iranian culture and civilization, holding training workshops for the professors, establishing Specialized Faculty of Herbal Medicine, herbal pharmaceutics, medical ethics, designing and establishing Museum of Scientific History, etc. are among those achievements.

Determining Major Policies for Realization of 20-Year Outlook Plan Targets

The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has pictured the major educational, scientific and cultural policies and strategies of the country in the 20-Year Outlook Plan by compiling and ratifying the comprehensive scientific map, cultural engineering map and strategic development document for educational system of the country.

Reviving the Role of Culture in Administration of National Affairs

The involvement of the Supreme Council in such fields as compiling the comprehensive maps of science and development of cultural and educational system, five-year development plan system, annual budget allocation strategy, macro management of the cultural organizations, and presentation of executive strategies for implementation of the Supreme Council ratifications have promoted the status and role of culture in planning and decision-making dialogs to a great deal. Ratification and implementation of the cultural engineering map will still highlight this role stronger than before.

Reorganization, Development and Promotion of Quranic Culture

Today, the Quranic Culture Development Council, as one of the specialized councils of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, maintains the key role of reorganization, development and promotion of Quranic activities in large scale. The council has thus far made great achievements in prioritizing Quranic activities and in reorganizing Quranic activities of the organizations and institutions in line with the Quranic policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Role of the Supreme Council Ratifications in Five-Year Development Plan

The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has an influential role in macro planning programs of the country. Upon the proposal of the Supreme Council and according to Article 2 of the Law on Fifth Five-Year Development Plan, the government has been obligated to provide a cultural appendix during implementation of major social and economic plans. Accordingly, any plan in science and culture areas must be based on the requirements of cultural engineering map and comprehensive scientific map of the country.

Connections of SCCR with Cultural Elite and Managers

For the time being, over 1000 elite and experts from theological schools and universities work directly with the Supreme Council, while almost 10,000 cooperate with the Supreme Council indirectly through establishment of an Internet network.

Policymaking for Higher Education

The majority of rules and regulations for administration of scientific and cultural organizations and institutions are ratified at the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution. Over 90 percent of the performance of research and higher education centers in cultural, educational, research, and management fields as well as academic board and student selection areas depend upon the decisions, policies and ratifications of the Supreme Council.
On this basis, the Supreme Council has reshaped the structure of research and higher education in all periods according to the requirements. During the early years after the victory of Islamic Revolution, there were only 40 active universities in the country. Today, there are more than 160 universities working under the ministries of science and health and hundreds of non-governmental and non-profit universities plus 500 research and education centers are open and active in the country. Also during those years, there were only 170,000 university students in the country. The figure, today, is beyond 3.8 million students studying in various educational levels with still four million graduates. Similarly, there were only 5,000 academic board members teaching at the universities then, but today, the figure has jumped high to 130,000 academic board members. These eye-catching figures show only a speck of the achievements behind implementation of the policies and decisions of the Supreme Council.

Amending Training Procedure at Tarbiat Modarres (Teacher Training) University

Tarbiat Modarress (Teacher Training) University was first established to train university teachers and instructors but in the course of time this university failed to fulfill its chief responsibility and changed into an ordinary university. The Supreme Council made plans to revive the university’s chief role so that every student shall have to be selected in a special way and shall have to be considered an academic board member from the beginning.

Policymaking in Public Culture Area

As far as public culture is concerned, executive organizations work based on the ratifications of the Supreme Council in the majority of fields such as art, theater, cinema, cultural heritage, cultural servants, publication of books, chastity and Hijab culture, women’s health, commemoration ceremonies for the men-of-letter and poets/poetesses.

Iran’s Advancements in Advanced Technologies

The majority of post-revolution scientific and research achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran have been made under direct or indirect support of the Supreme Council. Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran holds first rank among the Muslim and Middle East nations and the 14th rank in the world in terms of nanotechnology. Over 500 scientists are active in nanotechnology fields. Nanotechnology courses are taught in 15 universities by 600 experts and specialists. Nanotechnology development policies, ratified at the Supreme Council, pave the ground for removing the obstacles and progress of this science in the country.
Also, great achievements have been made in biotechnology so that from among 120 biotechnological medicines of the world, with 20 strategic medicines, the Islamic Republic of Iran has managed to produce 12 medicines out of these 20 strategic medicines.

Solidarity of Theological Schools and Universities

The Supreme Council has enacted many decisions and ratifications for the solidarity of universities and theological schools. According to the latest decisions the Supreme Council holds the authority to create scientific zones, scientific societies, to issue scientific-research certificates, to create specialized organizations, to organize free debate panels and carry out similar issues such as the establishment of the Supreme Council of Theological Schools. According to the Supreme Council ratification, the Council to Develop Theological Schools has on the desk to verify licenses for establishment of 20 specialized courses, 11 scientific societies as well as 40 applications for publication of scientific and research magazines.

Policymaking for Theorization Tribunes

Ratifying policies for holding free debate tribunes, the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has paved the way for free exchange of views and presentation of new ideas. Today, the Support Board for Theorization Tribunes holds debate and discussion gatherings, scientific seminars, theorization tribunes, as well as various gatherings on related subjects.

Publishing Books

The policies, rules and regulations for publishing books have been enacted at the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution. According to the Supreme Council ratification, it is principally free to publish books in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This must be done to promote human knowledge and wisdom. Constructive and humane works must be published and republished but works proved to be destructive to the national security, public morale, social interactions, and family must be banned from publication and distribution.

Policymaking for Women

The Supreme Council has always attached special importance to the women and their issues. Establishment of the Socio-Cultural Council of Women and Family, ratifying strategies to boost the culture of Hijab and chastity, ratifying policies to help research on women and their health, policies on family reunion and solidarity, policies on employment of women and on developing their sports, cultural and social activities are among the major achievements in this connection.

Developing and Publicizing Martyred Professor Motahhari’s Thoughts

Establishment of Martyr Motahhari Scientific-Cultural Foundation to publicize pure thoughts and philosophy of this martyred thinker inside and outside the country is one of the recent ratifications of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution.

Fighting Cultural Assault’s Negative Impacts in Computer Games

The National Foundation for Computer Games was established at the ratification of the Supreme Council to plan for and to support the production of computer games. The computer games classification system and imported computer games control policy have sent to the market over 100 PC games with Islamic-Iranian themes in high quality. These products have been extremely welcomed by the youth and families. Until before the establishment of this foundation, there were only 3-4 such PC games.

Establishment of Specialized Councils and Units

Today, 17 specialized councils, work groups, specialized boards and committees help the Steering Board as the main executive arm of the Supreme Council in decision-making, compilation of national documents and making key policies. These specialized councils and units are established and administered by the active presence of the Supreme Council members.

Implementation of the Ratifications

Establishment of the Strategic System of Ratifications and the follow up for implementation of the system in cooperation with the executive organizations as well as through development of cooperation with the mass media in introducing and publicizing the activities of the Supreme Council, are great steps taken for enforcement of these ratifications.

Canalization of the Efforts to Support the Elite

The Supreme Council established the National Foundation for the Elite wherein identified over 5000 gifted talents. The development plan opened 22 provincial offices for the foundation. This foundation granted scientific awards to almost 2000 top talents and gifts to 1333 new plans and inventions. Also over 2400 soldier elites have been introduced to research centers to cooperate in their projects.
Financial support of the research projects and papers, organizing tours for the elite to visit the scientific, technological and industrial achievements of the country, supplying research credits, housing facilities, and dispatch of the elite to the minor pilgrimage to Mecca and to the ex-war battlefields in Rahiyan-e Nour camps are among the other achievements of this foundation.

Eye-catching Scientific Presence of Iran in Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC)

The Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC) was established at the ratification of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution. Today, this website presents 39 internet periodicals in Arabic, 46 in English, and 416 in Persian (a total of 501). Iranian scientists registered 11467 papers in this website in 2009 to increase the number of Iranian scientific papers by 2.2 percent. This website has gained good credit among the scientific circles of the world.

Translating and Publishing Islamic Sciences into Other Languages

Establishment of the Center to Reorganize Translation and Publication of Islamic and Human Sciences outside the country according to the ratification of the Supreme Council facilitated translation and presentation of Islamic and national sources of knowledge and wisdom such as the Holy Quran, Nahj ul-Balaghah, Sahifeh Sajjadiyeh, Tafsir al-Bayan, Constitutional Law as well as several books on Islamic beliefs, history, culture, human rights, etc. by Iranian authors all translated into French, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Bengali and Azeri. Also tens of scientific and specialized gatherings, translation skill rehearsals, and specialized seminars to study the status and desirable state of translation in the country have been held by the specialized divisions of the Supreme Council.

Admitting Local Students in the Nationwide University Entrance Examinations

As ratified by the Supreme Council, selecting native students in the nationwide university entrance examinations became a law and accordingly its cultural and social aftereffects specially for the female students proved to be satisfactory for the families. Today, almost 80 percent of admissions to universities is based on locality.


Scientific and Cultural Evaluation and Supervision

Enjoying the expertise of the specialized supervision units, the Supreme Council advances its scientific and cultural evaluation and supervision policy in terms of cultural, ethical and disciplinary status in the universities and higher education centers, eligibility of the university chancellors nominated to take the post at governmental universities, inspection of higher education, scientific and applied, research and study centers, inspection on right implementation of the Supreme Council ratifications, etc. These evaluations and inspections are carried out in the following major areas: science and technology evaluation, higher education evaluation, general education evaluation, culture, art and communications evaluation.

Monitoring Cultural Efforts and Programs in the Country

Establishment of the Center for Strategic Studies opened the way for implementing strategic research projects, reviewing cultural state of the country, compilation of the surveillance reports, holding specialized gatherings, and presenting papers on the subjects under investigation. Implementation of several monitoring and data gathering plans were part of the outcomes.

Employing Academic Board Members

The Supreme Council has ratified the Bylaw on Employing Academic Board Members for the universities and higher education centers. The board has thus far held various sessions to study and approve the eligibility of almost 700 applicants for the executive board of the university employments. Altogether 180 executive boards are active in the universities. These boards have thus far employed 14000 young, dynamic and pious academic board members for the governmental and non-governmental universities and higher education centers