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 ?


Naidu's terms on nativity & fee issues

Seemandhra chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu speaking at a function in Hyderabad on July 31 while releasing a white paper on education and health.

HYDERABAD : On July 31 Seemandhra Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu specified population ratio as the key formula for fee reimbursement. He was releasing a white paper on education and health at a function here. "We will distribute the costs of fee reimbursement on the population ratio like many other things. AP government will pay 58 per cent and Telangana should pay 42 per cent, he said. 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



Allahabad varsity VC quits in a huff

ALLAHABED : The Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University, Dr A K Singh has faxed his resignation to the Visitor following protests by students and support staff, the Registrar said on July 28. On July 26, some BJP MPs had called on the VC at his residence and were reportedly kept waiting for hours before they were granted an audience. He was appointed the Vice-Chancellor in January, 2011, becoming the second person to hold the post after the varsity was accorded central status.


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





Ashok Thakur

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