It has been a couple of months since we signed the letter to the Minister expressing our concern regarding the prevalence of academic misconduct in Iranian Higher Education. Then I met the minister in a state function. I was just one of the faceless multitudes in the crowd who had to sit through his speech outlining the shining beacon that is the Iranian science and technology and then the same old story of shell games, the Citation counts and how we are catching up with the Turks. Although I have been accused as a highly motivated individual, I believe that we shall see no response from the Ministry. Yes send the letter to the newspapers and our colleagues around Iran. But I would be definitely surprised if there would be any tangible outcome.
However, I believe that the best approach is to work at grass roots. Why not stage a day seminar on the subject? How many of us are willing to chip in?
Information Studies Lab
University of Tehran