About the Festival

About the Festival 1396-6-9 23:45:18 +04:30

The Festival of Harkat is a special event for students’ scientific achievements; the ones which are independent from university curriculum and are planned by students themselves. Being truly successful up to now, the tenth International Festival of Harkat aims mainly at improving not only the qualitative standards in planning and holding the festival while emphasizing the pivotal role of students, but also the competitive indices of the festival. Announcing the call for scientific achievements, this event provides the opportunity for students, student groups, and student-scientific associations to showcase their potentials and compete with each other in both university and final levels while the best achievements will be appreciated. Moreover, the achievements will be displayed to the public in an exhibition.As the main sponsor, The Ministry of Science, Research and Technology has held nine rounds of this festival. After the executive instructions were issued, the first steps and preparations of the 10th festival were taken in May, 2017. The official closing ceremony will be held in the last week of November, 2017 at Razi University.

1- The Goals of the Festival

  • To increase students’ association in scientific activities and support and encourage them
  • To identify and appreciate the notable achievements students, students groups and associations
  • To reflect and transfer experience in scientific activities among students
  • To encourage students to align their activities with the needs and priorities of their countries
  • To create a discourse where student scientific associations can easily cooperate and interact
  • To acquaint business owners from industrial, mining, and trade sectors with students’ scientific capacities and capabilities.

2- Background of the Festival

Hosted by different universities, The Ministry of Science, Research and Technology has held nine rounds of this significant event since 2008. Adding an international committee to the festival since the 8th round, guests from other countries have been invited to the international section. In the 8th round, representatives from the universities of Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and also non-Iranian students from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad took part. In the 9th round, three student groups from Bosnia and one from Thailand participated in the festival.The table below gives information about host universities, holding time, the number of participating universities, the number of received works, and the number of selected works in each round. As can be seen, the number of participating universities has been rising ever since, proving that The International Festival of Harkat has become a significant academic tradition.

Previous Rounds at a Glance

The prize (Million tomans)

Number of Received Works

Number of the Competitive Categories

Number of Participating Universities

Holding Time

Hosting University

Round

30

1241

14

50

May 6th-8th, 2008

University of Tehran

1st

45

1768

14

65

May 11th-13th, 2009

University of Tehran

2nd

70

2016

14

67

May 10th-12th, 2010

University of Tehran

3rd

100

580

14

69

Nov.20th-23rd, 2011

University of Tehran

4th

90

883

15

67

Oct.30th-Nov.1st, 2012

Shahid Beheshti University

5th

80

906

16

67

Jan. 30th-Feb.2nd, 2014

Sharif University of Technology

6th

103

1026

16

78

Oct. 20th-22nd, 2014

Shiraz University

7th

101

727

10

76

Oct. 10th-12th, 2015

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

8th

111

943

18

94

Sep. 25th-27th, 2016

Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman

9th

 

The 10th Festival of Harkat

This festival is held in three sections including intra-university, national, and international. The scientific achievements that meet the requirements will be eligible to enter the competitive part of the festival. Afterwards, the works receiving the highest scores from the jury in the competitive part will be qualified for the final stage and can participate in the closing ceremony in November, 2017, in Razi University of Kermanshah where the achievements are presented.

Objectives of the 10th Festival of Harkat:

1. To increase students’ association in scientific activities and support and encourage them

2. To identify and appreciate the notable achievements students, students groups and associations

3. To reflect and transfer experience in scientific activities among students

4. To encourage students to align their activities with the needs and priorities of their countries

5. To create a discourse where student scientific associations can easily cooperate and interact

6. To acquaint business owners from industrial, mining, and trade sectors with students’ scientific capacities and capabilities.

The national section consists of two parts:

Competition: In this part, the submitted works will be evaluated and judged. The selected works will be announced and awarded in the closing ceremony. This process takes place in three stages:

a. Receiving the works through the festival website in due time

b. Judging the works and announcing the selected ones as “The Award Nominees for the International Section of the Festival of Harekat”

c. In the final stage which is concurrent with the official closing ceremony of the festival, the “winners” will be announced.

Competitive categories include:

1) Scientific associations: this category belongs to student scientific associations. Competition in this category is based on association’s annual group activities which were planned by the central council and put into action by the association members.

2) Creative scientific activity: Associations can candidate their best and most creative activities in this category. The activities must be illustrated in a poster.

3) Scientific journal: student scientific associations and independent student groups can take part in this category. Any published issues of the student journals can be nominated. The journal must be scientific and the proprietor must be a student or an association.

4) Scientific competition: Reporting a creative student scientific competition in which students have had the highest participation will be admitted to this competitive category.

5) Research: All research projects are nominated in this competitive category. In this category, individuals, student groups, and associations can submit their works independently.

6) Cyberspace: Student activities published in cyberspace (on pages and websites, applications, software, social networks, etc) can be nominated in this competitive category. Individuals, student groups, and associations can submit their works independently.

7) Books: published books written by students compete in this category. Individuals, student groups, and associations can submit their works independently.

8) Invention: Students’ patent certificates go to this competitive category. Individuals, student groups, and associations can submit their works independently.

9) Entrepreneurship: student activities leading to employment are nominated in this competitive category. Individuals, student groups, and associations can submit their works independently. These activities must be approved and supported by development centers or science and technology parks or must be registered as incorporations.

Exhibition: universities whose works are introduced as “award-nominees of the National Festival of Harkat” must participate in the exhibition and display their qualified scientific achievements.

Exhibiting the successful scientific associations’ achievements in the closing ceremony is to bring the successful activists in the scientific associations together and to provide an opportunity to share ideas. On the sideline of the annual exhibition, there will be workshops and meetings to empower the activists of the associations and to connect them across the country and to establish student scientific unions.

The stages of the National section

In this part, the submitted works will be evaluated and judged. The selected works will be announced and awarded in the closing ceremony. This process takes place in three stages:

a. First, after announcing the call for students’ scientific achievements, the Department of Cultural and Social Affairs of the university receives the works. After the department forms a jury, the selected works which meet the criteria of the relevant category will qualify for the next stage and will be registered in the registration system of the festival.

b. The received works will be evaluated by the jury. The central secretariat of the festival will announced the works with the highest scores as “The Award Nominees for the National Section of the Festival of Harkat” and invites the nominees to participate in the final stage and the official closing ceremony.

c. In the final stage which is concurrent with the official closing ceremony of the festival, the winners will be announced and awarded.

The International Section of the 10th Festival of Harkat

This year, the international section receives a special focus and all the capacities of the Higher Education will be used to develop the scientific connections and improving the festival. Developing the international interactions and connections facilitates sharing experience and knowledge and acquainting the participants with the human and scientific capacities.

The international section consists of two parts:

Competition: including 8 categories 1) Creative scientific activity, 2) Scientific competition, 3) Research, 4) Cyberspace, 5) Invention, 6) Entrepreneurship, 7) New idea, new world (the special award of the international section). In this section, th received works will be judged and evaluated. The qualified works will be announced and awarded in the closing ceremony.

Exhibition: after evaluation, all the received works can be exhibited alongside the national exhibition in the closing ceremony.

The process of the competitive part takes place in three stages:

a. Receiving the works through the festival website in due time

b. Judging the works and announcing the selected ones as “The Award Nominees for the International Section of the Festival of Harkat”

c. In the final stage which is concurrent with the official closing ceremony of the festival, the “winners” will be announced.