(Persia Digest) – Sadegh Zibakalam announced that he has been expelled from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Islamic Azad University. He stressed that he would lodge a complaint at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Iran as his redundancy was not announced to him, nor was he given any reasons for it.
A Faculty member of Tehran University, Sadegh Zibakalam, said: “I was a part-time member of the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University for ten years. I was fired recently without being informed.”
He explained: “When I received last month’s salary, I realized that my part-time Faculty Membership fee had not been credited to my account. This is when I realized I had been fired.”
Answering a question regarding his expulsion from Azad University, this Tehran University Professor said: “I realize that Azad University is facing a budget deficit due to fewer enrolments. Naturally, staff numbers are reduced at such times. But the important question for me here is whether my redundancy is part of a purge of professors with dissenting views or not?”
Zibakalam added: “I am not the only professor who has been fired from Azad University. A significant number have suffered the same faith. When you look closely, it seems that financial issues are not the only reason; because, fired professors are those who do not necessarily hold the same views as the Islamic Azad University management. In many cases, their approach is not along the same lines as the government. Therefore, a type of political purge has taken place. Those who think like the government continue their work.”