SMRITI IRANI

  • Navodaya Vidyalayas put on hold 'Good Governance Day' plans 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Caught in the middle of a controversy, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti on Monday night advised its regional officials against going ahead with the 'Good Governance Day' celebrations on Christmas till the issuance of a circular by CBSE in this regard. "Since CBSE has not yet issued any circular so far...
  • Union HRD minister Smriti Irani opts out of 'Umesh Shukla's 'All is Well' 2 days ago

    Mumbai: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has opted out of filmmaker Umesh Shukla's 'All is Well' due to time constraints. The Abhishek Bachchan-Asin starrer featured Irani opposite industry veteran Rishi Kapoor. The decision to opt out was mutual and amicable, she said. Irani, a Rajya Sabha MP had commenced shooting for the...
  • No directive to keep schools open on Christmas, clarifies government 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Refuting reports of the government's plans to keep schools open on Christmas to observe Good Governance day, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani said that students are not being asked to come to schools. "There is an essay competition planned, but it is voluntary and online," she...
  • Smriti Irani lays foundation stone of east Delhi campus of GGSIPU 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday laid the foundation stone of an 18.75 acre east Delhi campus of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), which will be equipped with modern facilities including solar power panels and geo-thermal cooling systems. The Rs 285-crore campus to come up in the...
  • Akhilesh Yadav asks Smriti Irani to set up NAAC regional office in UP 6 days ago

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday requested union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani to set up a regional office of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the state without delay so that educational institutes can be evaluated and their quality standards improved. In the letter...
  • Smriti Irani hails support of political parties in passage of education Bills December 6, 2014

    New Delhi: HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday hailed the support from all the parties in Lok Sabha for the passage of three crucial Bills on education, saying the overall consensus reflected that "rashtraneeti" had prevailed over politics. "We have seen a consensus evolve in Lok Sabha during the passage...
  • Watch: The Week That Wasn't with Cyrus Broacha November 29, 2014

    On this episode of The Week That Wasn't, Cyrus Broacha takes on HRD Minister Smriti Irani, BCCI chief N Srinivasan and Lalu Prasad Yadav. ...
  • Watch: Cyrus Broacha in an interview with HRD Minister Smriti Irani November 29, 2014

    HRD Minister recently met an astrologer who has predicted that Smriti Irani's fate leads her to Rashtapati Bhawan. ...
  • Thiruvalluvar's birth anniversary to be celebrated in schools November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Birth anniversary of famous Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar will be celebrated in schools in North India in 2015 and his teachings will be introduced to students, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said. The demand to observe Thiruvalluvar's birth anniversary next year in North India schools and introduce his...
  • Smriti Irani invited for German envoy's 'satsang' November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: German Ambassador Michael Steiner is organising a 'satsang' on his birthday on Friday to which he has invited Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani, a gesture that comes in the midst of a raging row over government replacing German with Sanskrit in Central schools. Steiner, who is organising the...
  • Smriti Irani fumes as media has a field day over her visit to astrologer November 24, 2014

    Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is upset after the media showcased her visit to an astrologer who predicted that she would be the next Indian President. ...
  • Smriti Irani will become the President of India, predicts her astrologer November 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani was on Monday seen knocking the door of an astrologer in Bhilwara in Rajasthan. This astrologer is the same person who had predicted some time back that Irani would become a minister. His newest prediction is that the actor-turned-politician will one day...
  • HRD Minister Smriti Irani turns down demands to make Sanskrit compulsory November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Taking on her critics, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday dismissed charges that education was being saffronised even as she turned down demands that Sanskrit be made compulsory in the curriculum. "Those who accuse me of being a RSS mascot or RSS representative possibly want to...
  • Admission rigmarole for HRD Minister Smriti Irani to get children in school November 23, 2014

    New Delhi: It did not help that she was India's Education Minister Smriti Irani had to appear in an interview to get her children admitted to a school like any other parent who goes through this nightmare. "Oh yes. I actually got interviewed. When I came from Mumbai to Delhi, the...
  • Foreign languages to make way for Sanskrit: Is this a regressive move? November 21, 2014

    Sanksrit Shiksha Sangh asked the government to teach Sanskrit or any modern Indian language instead. The sangh is expected to write to Prime Minister and HRD Ministry and will take strong action if their issues are not addressed. ...
  • It is unfair to keep German as the third language: HRD Minister November 21, 2014

    Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani said that she is not aware of any Supreme Court notice. She further justified government's order on German and said, "it's unfair to keep German as a third language. German is a foreign language and it is being taught as a foreign language." ...
  • SC issues notice to Central government on banning German in Kendriya Vidyalayas November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central government on the question of dropping German as a language in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani said that she is not aware of any Supreme Court notice. She further justified government's order on German and...
  • Proposal to bring back class 10th board exams in CBSE under government's consideration November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: In what could be bad news for CBSE students, the Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry is considering a proposal to bring back class 10th board exams in schools. However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said that they have not been consulted by the government yet. The...
  • HRD planning 'Think in India' drive to up innovation, says Smriti Irani November 20, 2014

    Greater Noida: In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign, the HRD Ministry is planning to come up with a 'Think in India' drive to encourage students and researchers to come up with innovations and new ideas and to keep the talent back home from leaving abroad....
  • Centre framing new education policy, to come out by 2015: Smriti Irani November 15, 2014

    Varanasi: The NDA government was framing a new education policy to remove existing loopholes and give maximum and easy access to better education to all sections of the society, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said on Saturday. The new policy, she said, is expected to come out next year. "We want...
  • 12-year-old girl named brand ambassador of 'clean school' drive November 15, 2014

    New Delhi: A 12-year-old girl from a municipal school in South Delhi was named the brand ambassador for the 'Swachh Bharat, Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan' on the occasion of Children's Day on Friday. The BJP-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) held a grand celebration at the Ambedkar Stadium here to mark first...
  • Congress calls PM Modi pied piper', attacks MoS after Smriti Irani November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Friday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministerial colleagues, latching on to the controversy surrounding newly-inducted minister of state for HRD Ram Shankar Katheria over his graduation marksheet. Party general secretary Digvijay Singh called Modi as "Indian pied piper" who "takes credit of all the...
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya decides to discontinue German for Sanskrit November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Kendriya Vidyalaya has decided to discontinue teaching German as an alternative to Sanskrit as third language, a decision which HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said was taken in view of "national interest". The Board of Governors (BoG) of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), headed by Irani, had in...
  • Centre seeks explanation from AMU over VC's remarks not allowing girls to use central library November 12, 2014

    Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor's remarks that girls should not be allowed in the central library as more boys will follow them has created an uproar. The Centre has called the statement as an insult to daughters and has sought an explanation from the university. Girl students at the...
  • Women representation in Modi ministry goes upto 8 November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti is the lone woman face in Sunday's expansion of the Union Cabinet, which took the total representation of the fairer sex to eight. Ms. Jyoti is a religious preacher and won the Lok Sabha polls from Fatehpur constituency. She has been inducted as...
  • Centres will be set up to promote Hindi: Smriti Irani November 7, 2014

    Agra: The government plans to set up centres for Hindi studies across the country with a view to promote the language, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said on Friday. "There is a need for expansion and popularisation of Hindi and for this, new centres will be set up," she said at a...
  • Ashamed to say my children studied abroad, says Uday Kotak November 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Pitching for major reforms in the country's education system, noted banker Uday Kotak on Wednesday said that he is "ashamed" to say that his children had to go overseas to study as he felt those courses were better abroad. Speaking during a session on education at the India...
  • New educational policy likely to come out next year: Smriti Irani November 2, 2014

    Kochi: The new educational policy of the BJP-led NDA government is likely to be rolled out next year, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani said on Sunday. "The deliberations on the proposed new policy will start next year and we should have a policy," she said. "We will start a new educational...
  • HRD seeks report from IITs over complaints of common canteen for veg, non veg food October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: On the basis of several complaint letters it received from RSS sevaks in Madhya Pradesh over the food served in the messes, the HRD ministry has sought a report from all the IITs. The complaint letters allege that students in IITs, IIMs and Medical institutes are made to...
  • Second SAARC meet of education ministers in Delhi on Friday October 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The second chapter of the SAARC Education Ministers' meeting will be held on Friday to take stock of the progress made by member countries on the regional grouping's development goals on education and discuss the strategy for education beyond 2015. The meeting will also deliberate on the strengthening...