One of Shahīd Shahriyārī’s colleagues
October 27th, 2016
If he saw someone who was an academic and a colleague act in a way that betrayed that he was acting for financial gain, his mood would change. He would even complain, questioning why such and such a scholar has higher expectations than he has a right to expect. I never saw him give any consideration to the question of the financial gain of a project for himself. For example, he would never say anything like, “Provide me with such and such a sum, and I will take on the project.” He would spend whatever financial compensation he received from a project within the university. If he thought that the purchase of a piece of equipment was vital, he would even personally borrow money in order to procure it.
Others would sometimes put obstacles in his path. And if his efforts to resolve such problems would be unsuccessful, he would say that God’s Earth is vast enough for us to move on to greener pastures and to start some other project [elsewhere]. He did not say anything himself, but it seems that this is why he transferred from Amīr Kabīr University to Shahīd Beheshtī University.