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 ?
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VC can't remove a registrar, rules HC

A view of the administrative wing of Chaudhry Charan Singh University, Meerut.

LUCKNOW : On March 17 Allahabad High Court said and confirmed what had long been believed in the higher education circle : that a university vice-chancellor cannot remove or relieve his registrar. The ruling which will trigger mild tremors in Raj Bhawan, higher education and technical education department here was handed down by a division bench of the Allahabad High Court in Manoj Kumar Chauhan vs State Of UP and others, decided on March 17, 2015. It defines the powers of a university vice-chancellor and specifies that a vice-chancellor cannot remove or dismiss a registrar. more

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UGC bars engg, tech courses in distance learning mode 
NEW DELHI : The UGC has banned universities and institutes from offering diploma and postgraduate courses in engineering and technology through distance learning mode until further orders. more

Smriti insists on common counselling for IITs & NITs
NEW DELHI :
On March 25 the MHRD told Delhi High Court what Smriti Irani had announced in Parliament a week before : that there will be common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs from 2015. more

Admission test : a private venture for 11 pvt. varsities      
NEW DELHI:
A group of 11 private universities have decided to pick students for admission from an examination to be conducted by a Bangalore-based private agency, ERA Foundation. more

Maharashtra shows 14% rise in MBA degreee seekers
MUMBAI: Robust placement season in B-schools this year has drawn more students to pursue an MBA degree. Their numbers had been falling since 2008 said a Maharashtra DTE official on March 5. more

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MHRD accepts uniform staffing pattern for varsities

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INDIA TO DEVELOP OWN HIGHER EDUCATION RANKING SYSTEM

 
 

Andhra avoids online Eamcet this year

HYDERABAD : Andhra Pradesh has decided not to hold its Engineering and Medicine Common Entrance Test online this year due to its high cost and financial burden on students. The plan was abandoned after officials of the AP State Council of Higher Education concluded last week that students may have to pay around Rs 600, double of Rs 250 for the offline test. more

 

Date for CLAT forms extended till April 14

LUCKNOW : Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University here has extended the deadline for submitting applications online for Common Law Admission Test from March 30 to April 14. The extension has been done to facilitate those over 20 years of age to complete their formalities so that their eligibility could be accepted as directed by the Allahabad High Court on February 26. more

 

KU to host AIU annual from April 17 to 19

LUCKNOW : The Kurukshetra University will host the annual general meet (AGM) of the Association of Indian Universities’ from April 17 to 19 on its campus, the university vice-chancellor Lt Gen (retd) DDS Sandhu told this correspondent on March 14. The meeting was scheduled to be held this month but had to be put off. more

 

PMO's rejection, TIFR director to resign

Sandip Trivedi

MUMBAI: In a first, the Prime Minister’s Office has rejected the appointment of the new director at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) on technical grounds, CNR Rao, chairman of search committee said. more

 

Welukar takes charge of Mumbai University

MUMBAI:  On March 7 Rajan Welukar resumed charge as the Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University after the Chancellor Vidyasagar Rao asked him to do so on March 5. He was suspended and told to keep away from office by the Chancellor. more

Rajan Welukar

 

Hungarian scholarships for Indian students

NEW DELHI :  The University Grants Commission has invited applications from interested Indian students for “Stipendium Hungaricum” Scholarship Program started by the Hungarian Government. The scholarships are for 200 Indian students to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil/PhD and postdoctoral studies in Hungary in 2015. more

 


 

 


 

 
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