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Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution: The Necessity of Designing a Model of Collaboration for Interaction between Seminaries and Universities

 | Post date: 2023/12/26 | 
Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution: The Necessity of Designing a Collaborative Model for the Formation of Interaction between Seminaries and Universities

The Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution emphasized the necessity of designing a collaborative model for the formation of interaction between seminaries and universities and stated: "We have established the Council of Thought and Technology for every province, and Amirkabir University of Technology can launch this council. I will write a letter to connect it to the council's desk. In fact, we have extensively involved elites in the administration of the country."

According to the Public Relations Department of Amirkabir University of Technology, Hojatoleslam Abdulhossein Khesropanah, in a joint meeting of the faculty of Amirkabir University of Technology, which was held on the occasion of the Day of Unity between Seminaries and Universities, with the presence of Dr. Alireza Rahai, the president of the university, and Hojatoleslam Rouhollah Rajabi, the responsible person of the Office of the Supreme Leader's Representative at the university, emphasized the necessity of interaction between these two institutions to solve the country's problems. He said: "For example, a few years ago, I had a Ph.D. student at Tarbiat Modares University who intended to study nursing from the perspective of the Quran, which we named 'Wisdom Nursing.' In nursing, there are various theories, and I listened to these theories for hours to have a judgment based on the understanding I gained. This student intended for me to be his supervisor, and I accepted it on the condition. Eventually, this student received a master's degree in the field of Science and Hadith from the University of Science and Hadith and also wrote several ISI articles and was able to reach the 'Wisdom Nursing' theory."
Regarding the current status of Islamicization of humanities, Hojatoleslam Khesropanah stated: "Many works have been done in this field that many are not aware of. In the field of Islamic economics, more than 50 full-time professors or associate professors who teach economics at universities and have also studied in the seminary at the level of ijtihad, it takes time for us to have a completely Islamic economy, although we have Islamic theories in this field. Dozens and hundreds of books and thousands of articles have been written in this regard. In addition, scientific associations have collected the articles and books on the Islamicization of humanities, and they have turned into 30 volumes of books."

Hojatoleslam Khesropanah noted: "The question of why we do not use the works that have been done in the field of Islamicization of humanities should be asked. Is it because our banking system is Western, and we want to have a Western-style banking system? Where in the world do they give 24 or 25 percent of their capital as profit? The serious problem we have, and if it is not solved, we cannot improve the situation, is that we do not believe that the administration of the country can be done with science. We do not believe that if we reform the bank, there should be a theory behind it. Every decision of the country should have a scientific connection."
The Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution continued: "It is not possible to write a roadmap without a theory. We do not believe that scientific theories can solve problems. Unfortunately, many accept this view but do not act on it in practice, even though many of them are professors themselves.

"One of the things I have done in the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution is that any policy or resolution that needs to be approved must have a scientific basis or connection, and I have stood firm on this matter," he recalled. "Our researchers in the humanities have done their part. Our problem is with the managers and policymakers in this field who do not employ this reservoir of knowledge, whether they are from the seminary or the university."

The university professor then delved into the definition of religious science from the perspective of Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari and said, "Religious science is a science that is beneficial for the religious society." Ayatollah Javadi Amoli also states that empirical sciences interpret the book of creation. Seminarians interpret the book of explanation, and university scholars also interpret the book of creation; therefore, both are religious.
He also added regarding the governance of science through technology: "I have emphasized that the Secretariat of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution should become a center of transformation. In order for this center to take shape, we have established four headquarters, including the headquarters of science and technology, the headquarters of cultural and social affairs, the headquarters of education and training, and the headquarters of family and women. Under these headquarters, we have defined tables. For example, we have a table for engineering sciences where professors who have something to say can make decisions at that table."

The Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution recalled: "We have launched a think tank of science and technology for each province, and Amir Kabir University of Technology can launch this think tank. We write a letter and connect it to the council's table. In fact, we have extensively involved elites in the governance of the country."
Hojjat al-Islam Khesropanah emphasized the need for research governance in the country and said: "In order for our research to have output, it must have specific requirements and processes. I work 17 hours a day, but I spend five hours a day studying towards a decision that I am supposed to make. For example, regarding the issue of governance, we extracted 200 writings out of 400 books, mostly American, and examine them to reach a comprehensive authorship so that our definition of governance becomes clear, and ultimately present a specific model."

He added, "I have never seen a seminarian say that they need a university education, but university professors have always felt this need." Khesropanah continued, "The document on food security was written by elites from both the seminary and the university. The same goes for the comprehensive scientific map. We must use elites at the national level according to the governance model and believe in collective wisdom."

The Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution recalled: "The interaction between seminarians and university scholars in academic matters requires a governance model. This interaction has not yet been established in Tehran, and this is a challenge and problem that we must provide a solution for."

He also emphasized the need for engineering and educational governance and said: "I implemented the decision on the university entrance exam, and I believe that until the conditions for implementing a decision are not met, I will not approve it. After the implementation of the university entrance exam decision, the parliament passed another decision, which fortunately, the Guardian Council rejected."

Khesropanah also emphasized the unity of the seminary and school and said, "We did not pay much attention to this issue, but of course, now there are plans that we hope will lead to unity."