Secretary of the steering committee tasked with implementing Iran’s Comprehensive Scientific Plan, Mansour Kabganian, has touched upon the country’s considerable achievements on the scientific front, particularly the field of aerospace.
He was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the committee where, according to him, a report on Iran’s accomplishments in the field of science and technology was presented and discussed.
“In this report, the situation of the country’s documented scientific achievements from 2012 to 2016 was reviewed and compared to those of other countries,” he said.
According to a Farsi report by Mehr, he added Iran’s ranking on the h-index was 42 in 2016.
He said another report was also presented on the progress made in the implementation of the Comprehensive Aerospace Plan.
He added the plan has three important parts.
“One is the aviation part on which a report has already been drawn up and presented,” he said.
Officials are also working to prepare a report on another part of the aerospace plan related to defence, he said.
He then added the third part of the report related to space was discussed the night before.
“This report was presented by Manouchehr Manteqi, the head of the National Space Centre at the Science and Technology Department of the Presidential Office. Iran ranks 15th in the world in terms of articles and production in science and technology in the domain of aerospace,” he said.
“The Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution has specified tasks and responsibilities in the Comprehensive Aerospace Development Document on which a report was presented and discussed today. It includes the provision of domestic telecoms satellites, development of satellites domestically and expansion of GPS services.”
“The National Space Centre is tasked with making policies and coordinating the measures, but a separate authority is responsible for each activity.”
He then highlighted that not much budget has been allocated to activities related to Islamic and Quranic concepts on the outer space and the universe which show the grandeur of the world and the order ruling it and, at last, proves the power of the Creator.