IRAN: Mousavi axed from Open University board

Iran's leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has removed Mir Hosein Mousavi from board of founders of the Open University and issued new statutes for the university, reports Radio Zamaneh. New regulations for the 400,000-student institution limit the responsibilities of the board of founders, board of trustees and the university president.

The new statutes make the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, the Ministry of Science and the office of the Supreme Leader the actual management body of the Open University. The move shifts the reformist make-up of the institution's management in favour of more conservative leadership.

The statute limits the term for presidency of the university to four years, which is a prologue to dismissal of the current president, Abdollah Jasbi, who has led the institution since its establishment. Heads of any department that has more than 5,000 students must be selected under government supervision, according to Radio Zamaneh.
Full report on the Radio Zamaneh site