Smriti Irani

  • Smriti Irani tells states to plan for construction of toilets for girls in schools 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday directed all state governments to prepare an action plan for the construction of toilets for girls in government schools by July next year. Irani's directive follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi Swacch Bharat campaign mentioned in his Independence day speech. The...
  • Smriti Irani asks states for action plan on 'toilets for girls' goal 4 days ago

    New Delhi: HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday asked states to prepare an action plan for construction of toilets for girls in all government schools by July next year in keeping with the goal set up Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his Independence Day speech, Modi had said that all...
  • RSS wants UPA appointees in NCTE removed: Sources August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In its latest diktat to the Narendra Modi government, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has asked the Union HRD Ministry to 'change all members' appointed by the previous UPA government in the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The RSS has communicated its demand to HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The...
  • Modi's Independence Day speech trends high on social media August 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Friday received overwhelming response from the citizens. "Whereas previous Red Fort speeches made tall promises, PM Modi bowed before people as true sevak. Most inclusive speech ever. Zero defect!," Union Health Minister...
  • Bill introduced to establish one more central university in Motihari August 14, 2014

    A bill to establish one more central university in Bihar at Motihari and rename the existing one in the state was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced by HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The new central university at Motihari in East Champaran would be...
  • Bill to accord institute of national importance to IIMs soon: Government August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: A Bill to accord the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as institute of national importance could be introduced soon, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "Consultations on the subject has been done with the IIMs and based upon inputs received from various stakeholders, a first draft of...
  • Smriti Irani says statement on Yale University certificate misconstrued after row over 'degree' August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: After another controversy over her educational qualification, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has now said that her statement on her certificate from the Yale University has been misconstrued. "Unfortunate that statement regarding my participation in a leadership program and certificate thereafter was misconstrued," Irani tweeted soon after...
  • Smriti Irani got a certificate from Yale with a six-day course. 10 interesting short courses that could get you a prestigious certificate from Yale and MIT too! August 11, 2014

    The controversies about Smriti Irani's educational qualifications don't seem to end. While we were still debating whether HRD Minister Smriti Irani is even a graduate, the news of her Yale certificate came as a surprise to many. The minister announced how the Yale University 'celebrated her leadership capacities' at an...
  • 'Salman Khan has a degree from Virginia University; Manmohan Singh has degree in robotics': Smriti Irani and other celebrities caught in a hailstorm of mean jokes after 6-day Yale 'degree' claim August 11, 2014

    A bunch of Twitter users are having a great Monday chuckling at mean tweets about different celebrities and the possible places they could get a degree from. The hastag #CelebDegree started to trend after Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani said she had a 'degree' from the Yale University.The HRD...
  • Smriti Irani got a Yale University 'certificate' for a leadership programme for MPs: HRD Ministry August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The Human Resources Development Ministry has clarified minister Smriti Irani's statement about her 'degree' from Yale University. The HRD Ministry said that Irani's participation at a six-day long leadership course at Yale resulted in her getting a certificate for the said programme. "As an MP Mrs Irani was invited...
  • I have a degree from Yale University, says Smriti Irani August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy over Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualifications has taken a new turn with her assertion that she also has a degree from the prestigious Yale University in the United States. Irani made the remark when pressed by a questioner at the India Today Woman Summit...
  • HRD pushes for National Academic Depository Bill to curb fake degrees, marksheets August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Human Resource Development Ministry is pushing for the National Academic Depository Bill, which could go a long way in curbing the fake degree scams. It will also benefit employers to access a verified database for all academic degrees in India. Sources in the ministry have indicated to...
  • Secure women, children by implementing rules: Smriti to UP government July 19, 2014

    Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani asked the Akhilesh government in Uttar Pradesh to secure women and children by implementing rules. She said, "I request the state government to secure women and children by strictly implementing rules and punishing culprits." The remarks came in the backdrop of gangrape and...
  • Tamil parties oppose Sanskrit week celebration, accuse Centre of promoting RSS agenda July 17, 2014

    Chennai: The DMK has opposed the Central Board of Secondary School Education (CBSE) Sanskrit week celebration saying that all classical languages should be promoted, not just Sanskrit. The DMK has argued that Sanskrit is not a common man's language and the BJP is trying to promote the RSS agenda. In...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko condemns Centre's order to celebrate Sanskrit week July 17, 2014

    Chennai: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko has condemned celebration of Sanskrit week in CBSE schools. He voiced his opposition after the Centre recently ordered celebration of Sanskrit week to promote the language. Vaiko said that only one language should not be promoted as it will affect the national...
  • Rare bonhomie: Congress stands by Smriti Irani as TMC MP remarks about her past TV career July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Wednesday witnessed bonhomie and camaraderie among women Parliamentarians when two Congress members strongly came out in support of HRD Minister Smriti Irani after certain remarks from a Trinamool Congress member about her past acting career. Through a supplementary question on mid-day meal...
  • IIT, IIM, NIT, Central University to be set up in Andhra Pradesh: Smriti Irani July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Premier institutes such as IIT, an IIM, a NIT, a central university and a petroleum university would be set up in Andhra Pradesh as envisaged in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said. Steps would also be taken to set up an Indian...
  • Smriti Irani asks MPs to monitor mid-day meal scheme July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: HRD minister Smriti Irani has written to all MPs asking them to be part of committees set up to monitor the mid-day meal scheme which has seen complaints of poor quality of food and corruption. Irani told Lok Sabha that she has written to all MPs requesting them to...
  • Sleeping on the job? Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani and 17 politicians from across the world who were caught napping in Parliament July 15, 2014

    Politicians probably have the most uninteresting jobs. Are discussions in the Parliament really boring or do they have very comfortable chairs there? Why is it that we often find politicians dozing at work? The first infamous politician who was regularly spotted napping in Parliament was HD Deve Gowda. It was...
  • Kolkata: HRD minister Smriti Irani meets SSC students July 4, 2014

    Kolkata: Union HRD Minister Smiriti Irani on Friday met SSC aspirants, who have been fasting after not being recruited even after passing the Teacher Eligibility Test. Irani met a delegation of Short Service Commission aspirants, who have passed the TET exam, at BJP state headquarters. "We have brought this SSC aspirant delegation...
  • Need to building educated and empowered India: Smriti Irani June 28, 2014

    Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani on Saturday said training individuals in niche areas of science and technology is crucial to the progress of the country. Addressing the second convocation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Bhopal on Saturday, she stressed the need for...
  • Delhi University, UGC stand off ends, admission dates yet to be decided June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Thousands of students and their parents celebrated as the week-long impasse between Delhi University and the University Grants Commission (UGC) finally ended on Friday with the Vice Chancellor agreeing to scrap the controversial Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). The move brought relief to thousands of students who have been...
  • Irani refuses to comment on DU's four-year undergraduate programme issue June 27, 2014

    Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday refused to be drawn into a controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme of Delhi University, citing constitutional obligations. "There have been persistent attempts on me to speak on a constitutional issue which is not proper. Kindly do not compel me to breach...
  • While many students cheer, those enrolled under FYUP feel betrayed by DU June 27, 2014

    New Delhi: While the Delhi University's decision to scrap Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP)has brought cheers to many DU aspirants, the students who are already enrolled under the programme are a worried lot. These B Tech students are holding protests outside the office of University Grants Commission demanding a written assurance...
  • I was referred to as burden at my birth, says Irani June 27, 2014

    Bhopal: Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani revealed that at the time of her birth, she was cursed as a "burden". "I am sharing it for the first time that when I was born, someone hinted to my mother that beti to bojh hoti hai (daughter is a burden) and...
  • Kashmiri Pandits delegation meets HRD Minister June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: A delegation of Kashmiri Pandits on Thursday met HRD Minister Smriti Irani and pressed for measures to ensure displaced students get benefits of central educational schemes available to Jammu and Kashmir and steps to promote Kashmiri language and literature and revival of Sharda script. The delegation of All India...
  • UGC is supreme, DU must follow its orders, say HRD Ministry sources June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The uncertainty at Delhi University over admissions into the undergraduate programme continues. A flurry of meetings to sort the matter out have taken place and have been scheduled for Monday. Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani held a meeting with the University Grants Commission Chairman on Monday. The UGC...
  • Smriti Irani calls meet with UGC to discuss DU's 4-year graduation course June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst the Delhi University-University Grants Commission face-off over the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has called a meeting with UGC officials on Monday. This even as most principals of colleges say a concrete decision is expected within the next couple of hours. DU sources say...
  • DU remains firm on its stand, decides to retain the FYUP June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Keeping firm on its stand, the Delhi University has decided to retain its Four Year University Programme. The Academic Council of the University of Delhi held a meeting on Saturday on University Grants Commission's (UGC) letter which sought a review of the FYUP. UGC had said that to maintain...
  • HRD to launch interface to resolve woes in education sector: Smriti Irani June 15, 2014

    Pune: Resolving to work to link the country's graduates with employment, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday said that her Ministry would soon open an online and personal interface programme comprising academicians to tackle problems faced by premier institutions and students' bodies. Speaking at a students' gathering at...