TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's student population has grown 20 times since the onset of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian science minister said.
"Early in the (1979 Islamic) Revolution, 170,000 out of a population of 35 million Iranians were students but today there are some 3.5 million students; this means that the student population has grown 20 times from that at the start of the Revolution," the Islamic republic news agency quoted Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi as saying during a meeting with a group of the United States deans of colleges and universities.
Zahedi said that girls constitute 60 percent of the state-run universities' students and 51 percent of other Iranian universities' students.
He said that at the beginning of the revolution, there were PhD courses for 10 branches of sciences but now there is PhD for all branches of science.
He added that some 500 international-level scientific articles and essays were produced annually in the early years of the Revolution but the number of Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) articles stood at 13,000 in 2008. The same number of articles were published in other well-credited magazines, showing a rise of 52 percent.