[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 21 Khordad 1389 [11 June 2010]

 

Head of the Secretariat of the Central Student Selection Committee:

Students With Fabricated Religions Do Not Have the Right to Education in the Country’s Universities

Fars News Agency – The head of the secretariat of the Central Student Selection Committee said, “Students with fabricated religions [who belong to one of] the unofficial minorities in the country do not have the right to study in universities.”

According to the Fars News Agency, Morteza Nourbakhsh said, in the 39th meeting of the educational deputies of the country’s universities, which was held at Kurdistan University, “Students with fabricated religions [who belong to one of] the unofficial minorities in the country do not have the right to study in universities, and if they study in a university, their eligibility should be sent [for verification] to the Central Student Selection Committee.”

He said, “The files of students belonging to unofficial religious minorities who are studying in the country’s universities should be sent to the Central Student Selection Committee for verification of eligibility.”

The head of the secretariat of the Central Student Selection Committee stated, “The general qualification of doctoral students must definitely be confirmed. If the scientific and general qualification of doctoral students is not confirmed by the beginning of Mehr [September], universities must postpone their work until Bahman [January/February].”

He said, “Universities should [delay] the doctoral exam until Bahman [January], so that they can send the files of doctoral students to the selection centre for verification of eligibility by the end of Ordibehesht [April/May] at the latest.”

Emphasizing that 7,000 PhD students are currently studying in the country’s universities, he said, “Considering the number of PhD students, the latest statistics [show that] only 700 cases have been sent to the Ministry of Science and the rest have not yet been sent.”

Nourbakhsh said, “The Central Student Selection Committee, based on the approvals of the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, is responsible for reviewing the general qualifications of students, and this board must approve the general qualifications of all students from associate to doctoral degrees.” He continued, “The list of students who are recruited through the Educational Assessment and Evaluation Organization will be sent to the secretariat of the Central Student Selection for sorting, but the universities must send the files of other students who are recruited through [methods] other than the Assessment and Evaluation Organization to the Central Board and the Selection Student Secretariat in the Assessment and Evaluation Organization.”