Is Smriti a proxy?

Smriti Zubin Irani, 38, the youngest minister in the Modi cabinet has been allocated the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The move has surprised many political observers who have given vent to their views and venom on social media as well as in private gatherings.

Irani, a higher secondary passout, with a soap entertainer background, was pitted against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and, indeed, gave him a tough fight, loosing by just a few thousand votes. Obviously this does not qualify her for the august Ministry of Human Resource Development which was, in the recent past, graced by giants like Murli Manohar Joshi, Arjun Singh and Kapil Sibal.

Higher Education experts and political observers are at their wits end to solve this mind-boggling riddle behind Modi's ministry-making exercise.

Smriti is a sitting Rajya Sabha member who was elected from Gujarat in 2011 and hence doesn't need a bye-election route to Parliament till 2016. But then what prompted Narendra Modi to award the high-profile MHRD portfolio to her?

Is she being used as proxy, a stop-gap arrangement, till a political heavy-weight --may be Dr Murli Manohar Joshi -- agrees to step
in ?


5 new IITs, IIMs & 4 AIIMS proposed

Union Minister for Finance Arun Jaitley leaves for Parliament with the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman to present the Budget for 2014-15, in New Delhi on July 10, 2014.

NEW DELHI : The country will have five more Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and five new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). This was stated here on July 10 by the Finance minister Mr Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha while presenting the budget proposals for 2014-15. Promising a boost to higher education, Jaitley increased budgetary allocation for Education by nearly 13 per cent over that of 2013. School education, however, got about 10 per cent increase compared to last year. In exact terms Rs 55,115.10 crore have been allocated for school education, literacy programmes and other schemes and Rs 27,656 crore for higher education. more


MCI acts tough, rejects outgoing govt's recommendations 
NEW DELHI : The hope of over 70 medical colleges — private and Government — to get clearance for new PG medical courses or seats for academic session 2014-15 has been dashed. more

UGC to seek time from SC on damned deemed varsities
NEW DELHI : With July 31 deadline at hand the UGC has decided to seek more time from the Supreme Court to submit report on the reassessment of 41 deemed universities facing de-recognition.

UGC proposes a 3-year Bachelor of Vocation degree course      
MUMBAI: UGC has proposed a three-year Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc) degree course at recognised colleges and universities. It will be different from the conventional arts, science and commerce course. more

UGC move to bail out 44 damned deemed universitiesl
NEW DELHI : Under pressure, the University Grants Commission has recommended a fresh inspection and review of 44 deemed universities that were found unfit by a government committee in 2009. more


IIEST, Shibpur wants to go the IISER way

Pune, Kolkata film inst. to be centres of excellence

4-year UG course : UGC sends warning note to varsities



New VCs in Haryana universities

CHANDIGARH : Haryana Governor-Chancellor Jagannath Pahadia has appointed Major-Gen Ranjit Singh (retd) as Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh University, Jind and Dr Asha Kadyan as VC of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila University, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, a Raj Bhawan source said on July 26. Dr S K Gakhar of Centre for Biotechnology, MDU, Rohtak,
would be the new VC of Chaudhary Bansi Lal University, Bhiwani.


SC stays Kalyani's ouster from MKU

NEW DELHI : On July 4 the Supreme Court stayed an order of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, quashing the appointment of Kalyani Mathivanan as Vice-Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University. more

Kalyani Mathivanan


CBI books Gajbhiya for disproportionate assets

N.S. Gajbhiye

NEW DELHI : The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against N.S. Gajbhiye, former vice-chancellor of Harisingh Gour University, Sagar for allegedly amassing illegal wealth worth over Rs. 2.54 crore. more


MCI tough on quality, cuts 32% MBBS seats

NEW DELHI : Following a tough line, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has cancelled about 32 per cent of MBBS seats nation-wide making competition for medical admission more tough. According to reports the MCI withdrew permission for 15,890 of the 49,950 MBBS seats nation-wide citing lack of infrastructure and faculty requirements in the affected medical colleges. more


UGC deemed varsities' regulations quashed

BANGALORE : On May 22 the vacation bench of the High Court of Karnataka quashed the University Grants Commission (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations 2010, terming it ‘unconstitutional and invalid.’. more


Tech colleges to face tough affiliation rules

NEW DELHI : The technical education institutions in the country will now have to face relatively tougher rules for university affiliation.This follows the Supreme Court decision in Association of Management of Private Colleges vs All India Council for Technical Education & others delivered on April 25, 2013. more




Ashok Thakur

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