Iran’s science ministry cancels illegal scholarships
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 25
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Science, Research and Technology Ministry has canceled 863 "illegal" scholarships which were granted illegally by the former government.
The ministry has announced that 36 scholarships are completely canceled, however other persons can continue their education by using their personal funds, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Oct. 24.
The ministry said that the decision was made after over 3,770 scholarship cases were examined.
There are also some other scholarships which are not qualified, however the ministry decided not cancel them due to "adverse social and political consequences," the statement says.
The issue of illegal scholarships given during the administration of ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was revealed by Reza Faraji Dana, the former Minister of Science, Research and Technology who was dismissed by the Parliament on August 20. The Iranian hardliners were dissatisfied with pursuing the case.
Earlier, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that his administration will complete and submit Faraji Dana's report on the illegitimate scholarships.