0347 GMT June 19, 2021
Using a videoconference call on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a total of 376 educational projects across the country, his website wrote in a report, which added that a bulk of 23.75 trillion rials in investment spent on the projects had come from government resources, Press TV reported.
The projects cover a wide range of services in both primary and higher education systems, including schools, universities and research labs, said the report.
Rouhani hailed the expansion of Iran’s academic and research infrastructure, saying the number of research laboratories in the country had nearly doubled to over 14,700 units during his two terms in office beginning in 2013.
He said Iran had spent an average of over 100 million euros per year on construction of new labs in recent years.
“I think it has been a great achievement that the government has managed to earmark tens of millions of euros to labs under (the current) difficult financial and forex conditions,” said Rouhani, making a reference to the US sanctions that hamper Iran’s access to hard currency revenues.
The Iranian president said charitable funding for construction of schools is also on the rise across Iran, especially in underprivileged regions in east and southeast of the country.
Among the project opened on Thursday were 20 new schools in the southeastern of province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
The new educational projects will create a total of 905 permanent jobs.