Founded in 1979, this group is comprised of university professors and academics. Opposed to the regime's policies, especially the "Cultural Revolution," it soon gained the support of a large segment of Iran's scholars. Dr. Mohammad Ali Sheikhi, former head of Tehran University's Technical Faculty, is the president of the group. A graduate of metallurgical engineering from the UK, Dr. Sheikhi is the author of several books on technical and political issues. The contacts and support of this group among educated Iranians will prove a great asset in running the country in the future.