The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has approved mechanisms to support, recruit, and keep the elite at home while paving the way for the return of Iranian elite worldwide to their motherland, and to ease presence of the elite from Muslim nations in the country.
Announcing the above in the 841st session of the council chaired by President Hassan Rouhani, SCCR Secretary Dr. Ameli commemorated the 3rd of Khordad (May 24), the anniversary of the liberation of Khorramshahr, and the 4th of Khordad (May 25) as the Day of Resistance and the Day of Dezful.
Dr. Ameli stated that the binding decision supports direct recruitment of the elite by all universities across the country and provides infrastructure for cooperation between universities and Iran’s National Elites Foundation to facilitate and support recruitment of the elite. "Through this decision, the process of recruiting the elite will be shortened, and universities facing problems with employment positions will be able to use floating positions at the disposal of the National Elites Foundation."
Ameli, also a professor of communications at Tehran University, pointed to supporting the return of Iranian elite abroad through the newly approved mechanism, saying the cases facilitating these issues have been foreseen both administratively and in terms of recruitment procedures. To that end, there is a binding note that Iranian universities and higher education institutions can hire elites on a contractual and temporary basis for one year to complete the recruitment process. Usually, when the elite return to the country, they are caught in a long administrative process, while this decision shortens their employment process. It was also decided to remove the military discharge certificate requirement for the elite recruitment.”
SCCR secretary went on to say: “The State Administrative and Recruitment Organization and the Plan and Budget Organization were obliged to provide required administrative and financial support for the return of the elite to the country. Also by virtue of the Comprehensive Document of International Scientific Relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency was tasked with providing a mechanism for employment of non-Iranian elite and specialists, especially from neighboring and Muslim countries, at all government offices.
According to the Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, universities, institutes of higher education and research institutes affiliated with the executive bodies are allowed to recruit Iranian faculty members employed in top universities with at least the same academic rank (e.g. assistant professor, associate professor, or a full professor) and the university's supervisory boards are allowed to recruit Iranians working in the world's top universities with the same rank.
Elsewhere, Ameli said: “With the aim of promoting national governance and intelligence in the field of international human capital exchanges, it was approved to establish a "National Elite Affairs Institution" to follow up and monitor the elite affairs at national level. After the establishment of the National Immigration Institution, the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency must approve its statute at the Steering Headquarters of the Comprehensive Scientific Roadmap of the country. This important step should be taken to prevent occurrence of shocks in the elite community and to monitor the status of elite migration constantly.”
The top SCCR official further noted that the government was obliged to provide necessary financial, administrative and employment facilities to promote the share of elite and top talents in the executive sector and the private sector, while the science and technology vice-president must have executive regulations approved at the Cabinet of Ministers within a month. “Cooperation of the faculty members of the ministries of Higher Education and Health with the National Elites Foundation has an executive privilege since it is a continuum of their cooperation in the universities. If faculty members work in the Ministries of Science and Health, it will be considered a continuation of their civil service and they will enjoy educational exemption. It is an incentive to work with the National Elites Foundation and the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency.”
The Secretary of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution continued: "To support private sector institutions recruiting Iranian elite from overseas, the decision has considered support packages and incentives. Also, it was decided to ban institutional, personal, and media activities to attract Iranian elite, as media lies and examples of fraud.”
According to Ameli, the Center for International Interactions of the Science and Technology Vice-Presidency was tasked with the responsibility of handling the set of approvals with the aim of promoting international cooperation.
Explaining about the agenda of the next meeting, he said the Public Culture Council had received more than 100 proposals on adding special occasions to the Iranian calendar, out of which 28 proposals were sorted out by the experts and finally the following 19 proposals were approved:
- Farvardin 6 (March 26); The "Birth of Zoroaster" was renamed "Birthday of the Prophet Zoroaster"
- Khordad 20 (June 10); World Handicrafts Day - National Carpet Day
- Tir 22 (July 13); Information Technology Day (coinciding with the birthday of the famous Iranian scientist Khwarizmi, who was the inventor of algorithms and played a significant role in the development of computer science)
- Mehr 2 (Sept. 24); Commemoration Day of the Martyrs of Mena (simultaneously with the martyrdom anniversary of 646 oppressed Iranians in the incident on Sept. 24, 2015)
- Mehr 4 (Sept. 26); Soldier's Day (coinciding with Holy Defense Week)
- Aban 1 (Oct. 23); Commemoration Day of Abolfazl Bayhaqi (renowned Iranian scholar and historian)
- Aban 30 (Nov. 21); Day of Wisdom and Philosophy – Commemoration day of Abu Nasr Farabi
- Azar 11 (Dec. 2); Transferring Mirza Koochak Khan Jangali’s martyrdom anniversary from the appendix to the main calendar
- Dey 4 (Dec. 25); Commemoration Day of Roudaki (first Persian speaking poet and father of Persian poetry)
- Azar 16 (Dec. 7); Day of Martyred University Students (coinciding with the martyrdom day of Seyyed Hassan Alamolhoda and his trenchmates in the epic Battle of Howeyzeh)
- Bahman 6 (Jan. 26); Day of Iranian Songs and Hymns (demise day of Safi al-Din Urmawi)
- Muharram 1 (Aug. 21); Day of Ritual Poetry and Literature – Commemoration day of Mohtasham Kashani
- Ramadan 19 (May 2); Day of Nahjul Balagha (coinciding with Imam Ali’s strike by a sword on his head)
- Rajab 13 (Feb. 25); Fathers’ Day (In Iran, people celebrate Imam Ali’s birthday as the Fathers’ Day. It was not an official occasion on the Persian calendar but this decision added the occasion to the calendar.)
- Sha’ban 5 (March 19); Day of Sahifah Sajjadiyah (coinciding with the birth anniversary of Imam Zayn ul-Abedin (AS))
- Zilqa’da 1 (June 12); Birthday of Hazrat Masumah and Day of Girl Child – Beginning of the Ten-Day Karamat Celebrations
- Zil-Hajjah 10 (July 21); Eid al-Adha – Beginning of the Ten-Day Imamate and Vilayat Celebrations
- Esfand 8 (Feb. 27); Day of Supporting Rare Diseases
- Mordad 5 (July 27); Public resistance on the anniversary of Praiseworthy Operation Mersad
Another decision of the 841st meeting of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution was extension of the membership of Hoj. Dr. Mohsen Qomi in the Press Monitoring Board for two more years.