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 ?


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


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
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      
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


MHRD accepts uniform staffing pattern for varsities


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



SC relief to Rajan Welukar, for now

MUMBAI: On May 5 the Supreme Court put on hold the plea made by AD Sawant, former PVC of Mumbai University, seeking formation of a new search panel to reconsider Mumbai University VC Rajan Welukar’s appointment.  more

Rajan Welukar


No age bar on CLAT, rules Allahabad HC

LUCKNOW : The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to law universities in the country will have no age bar from next year. This is because of the Allahabad high court order dated February 26 which ordered the RMLNLU to remove age bar on the coveted exam. more


KU backs out, AIU
meet put off again

LUCKNOW : The annual general meet (AGM) of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) was put off at the eleventh hour forcing the AIU Secretary General Furqan Qamar to announce another postponement. An emergency meeting of the governing council of the AIU was held on April 15 to review the situation but it could not fix a revised date or venue. 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


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





Dr S Jafet

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