Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said the US has no more monopoly in many scientific fields since other countries, including Iran, have entered such arenas.
Addressing a group of Iranian people in the country’s Central city of Khomeini Shahr on Saturday, Naqdi said the US is witnessing “scientific and technological downfall” and has acknowledged in its report on the US scientific status in the 21st century that young Americans are not interested in technical and technological fields.
“The US economy relies on its monopoly in technology and Iran, India, China and other countries are breaking this monopoly every day,” Naqdi underscored, and said foreign elites who study in the US avoid presenting their research results to the US administration and take them to their own countries covertly.
In recent years, Iranian scientists and experts have taken wide leaps in scientific, medical and technological fields.
In February, President Ahmadinejad hailed the young people of the country for their astonishing scientific and technological progress, and said Iran’s scientific production has increased more than seven times during the last 7 years.
“Iran achieves scientific productions, glory and success on a daily basis and the country’s scientific production has grown 7 times during the last 7 years,” Ahmadinejad said, addressing a ceremony to honor Iran’s academic elites in Tehran at the time.
He appreciated the Iranian young people for their efforts and achievements in technological and scientific fields, and said, “If a nation decides to make progress, God will facilitate its move.”
Earlier this month, Iran unveiled four scientific achievements in the field of new energy resources in a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah.
Iran has so far inaugurated solar power plants in 4 universities and a fifth one kicked off work in Niroo Research Institute affiliated to the energy ministry on May 19.
The Iranian scientists have managed to produce raw material for building wind turbines and the related production line was inaugurated at the time. The country formerly imported the raw material from foreign countries.
Also home-made easy-to-use cranes for easy access to wind turbines, their installation and repair as well as a 10-kilowat fuel cell were among other projects inaugurated in Niroo Research Institute at the time.