Universities under Fire by Ay Mesbah Yazdi
As the government’s pressure on university students takes new forms every day, ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi who is considered by some to be the spiritual force behind the current administration of president Ahmadinejad, in his most recent remarks said students “are learning nothing other than how to bash the regime and at times Islam.”
In its report on the meeting between the central council of Imam Khomeini Aid Committee (Komiteh Emdad Imam Khomeini) and ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, the news unit of Qom’s Theological Center quotes the head of the director of Imam Khomeini Educational and Research center Mesbah Yazdi, “The future generation is under threat because neither traditional and classical ethics nor Islamic values dominate their training. They are being trained by Western culture, television and university classes in which they are learning nothing other how to bash the regime and at times Islam.”
To correct the situation, the ayatollah recommends, “Authorities must acquire the necessary skills and learn of better methods, … and analyze the cultural and international position of the country scientifically (rationally).
We must strengthen this new generation and have a role in their religious education. Islamic and modern teaching methods must be used to train the young generation because if these two elements are not used there would be conflict.”
In its report on Yazdi’s comments, Advar News website which is run by a group of dissident students writes, “Mesbah’s comments come at a time when the current ninth administration launched intense efforts to suppress universities from day one. Forced retirement of university teachers, their firings, and efforts to keep students critical of university policies outside the institution or imprisoning them are the examples of the administration’s policies regarding universities and students.”
According to this news site, “the criticism over teaching content and what is said in the classrooms is an indication of the displeasure of the spiritual leader of the current administration, an issue that has been mentioned repeatedly by the press under the guise of the second Cultural Revolution.”