The Supreme Leader of Iran speaking to a number of the country’s academic staff and Science Ministry officials said "To stop the country’s scientific progress is one of the main concerns of the enemies of the Islamic system. Coping with the enemy’s inimical challenge needs some jihadist movement and management in the scientific field as well as the right, wise counteract by university officials and faculty.”
"It is a regret that at some point the universities were giving undesired examples of inciting the young elite to leaving the country; or years when some people within the Ministry of Science would put a spoke in the country’s scientific wheel. Such things must not ever happen again,’ ayatollah Khamenei said.
He added "Universities have to be kept away from those who see the country’s scientific movement as nothing. It rather has to be in the hands of those who love Iran’s scientific progress and who realize its importance in the lives of the country and the nation.”
Stating that in the short and mid-term outlook, scientific progress can be effective in eliminating the impacts of economic sanctions, he said "Through sanctions, the enemy intends to pressure Iran’s national dignity, to humiliate the nation. For the scientific uprising to continue will lay this tool, too, useless.”