Speaking at a program to honor winners of Quran competition in the holy city of Qom earlier this week, he said currently some 2.2 million students at different school levels are memorizing the Holy Book, Irna reported.
Bathayi further hailed organization of Quran competitions for school students and said it helps promote Quranic activities among the students.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed in a speech in 2011 that the society should take a direction so that at least 10 million people learn the Holy Quran by heart.
Hence, related Quranic bodies in the country devised a plan, called National Quran Memorization Plan, aimed at promoting memorization of the Holy Book and training 10 million memorizers in a few years.
Different organizations and institutions including the Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization, Center for Coordination, Development and Promotion of Quranic Activities, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, and Ministry of Education have been making efforts to materialize the objectives of the plan.