Iran to Grant Islamic Nobel Prize to Scientists

Source: Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Saturday that it plans to award Nobel-like science and technology prizes to selected Muslim scientists.

Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Nasrin Soltankhah said the Iranian government plans to grant a Nobel-like prize to selected Muslim scientists in a bid to encourage Muslim world scholars to promote and elevate their works and prepare them for tighter and harder rivalries at global levels, like the Noble Prize.

The Iranian biennial award is called the “Great Prophet World Prize”, according to the Iranian vice-president, who said the move is meant to promote rivalry among Muslim world researchers and scientists.

“The prize will be granted biennially to the Muslim world scientists in three technological fields in which Iran has also make outstanding progress,” she added.

Iran has made huge achievements in various fields of science and technology, from nuclear knowledge to stem cell and medicine production as well as nanotechnology.

Iranian Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi announced in August that Iran is now able to synthesize 15 kinds of radiomedicines inside the country, stressing that the achievement was made due to the efforts made by the country’s nuclear scientists.

“Due to the efforts made by the Iranian scientists and the nuclear scientists martyred (by the enemies), we have 15 radiomedicines in our country which are vital for providing diagnosis and treatment services to the patients, specially cancerous patients,” she said in a ceremony in Tehran at the time.

Also, in January, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony in Tehran unveiled 6 new types of home-made medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.

The Iranian president unveiled 2 new types of drugs and 4 types of raw materials for treating osteoporosis, hemophilia and neurological, skin and muscle diseases and breast cancer.

Iranian scientists had also in 2011 managed to produce a new type of anti-cancer drug using the venoms of reptiles like snakes and scorpions.

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6 Comments on “Iran to Grant Islamic Nobel Prize to Scientists”

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen
    October 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Good move!

  2. Maqsood
    October 17, 2012 at 3:36 am #

    It is hoped that it will promote knowledge and its acknowledgement in Muslim world.
    Jama’at has already introduced a peace prize with international recognition.

  3. Abida Rehman
    October 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    great idea

  4. Mohamed Ali
    October 20, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    In fact The Nobel prize Awarding Authority has lost its dignity, and respect, many questions are still unsolved by awarding Nobel peace prizes to President Obama of USA and Nobel peace prize to European Union. If Iran is taking steps to promote and encourage Muslim scientists, Scholars and other outstanding Intellectuals of Islamic world so it is a welcoming effort. The name of the Islamic Nobel prize should be changed to the other attractive and beautiful one.

  5. Shamim Afaqi,
    November 29, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    A very important decision. But the name of the prize be revised to call it ” The Muslim Noble Prize” to be given to ‘all’ scientists of the Muslim countries and also including the Muslim scientists from the non-Muslim states, too.

    • Rafiq A. Tschannen
      November 29, 2012 at 2:54 am #

      Mr. Noble was the inventor of dynamite, who made the money having people blown up. (ok, and coal). Why should Muslims use his name? (even ‘could’ – may be they have a trade mark on the price).

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