Revealing that at the time of her birth, she was cursed as a “burden” by someone, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Friday said that curbing the menace of female foeticide was a priority for the government.
“I am sharing it for the first time that when I was born, someone hinted to my mother that ‘beti to bojh hoti hai’! (daughter is a burden) and therefore she should kill me. But my mother was brave and she did not do that because of which today I am standing here in front of you,” Irani said when a student asked her about the menace of female foeticide.
She also thanked her mother for not getting carried away by the advice of that someone. “I am also thankful to my mother for not killing me because of such an advice,” Irani said during an interaction programme with students of a school.
Such a malpractice should be curbed and it was a priority programme for the government, the minister added. “If you teach a girl, you are not just imparting education to a woman, but to a family that will later help in nation building,” she said. To a query on different boards and curricula in various states, Irani said the issue of uniformity in education will be addressed in the National Education Policy (NEP).
Replaying to another question, she said the government is committed to linking education with skill development to address the problem of unemployment in the country and also to make the curriculum more practical. The NEP will be formulated after discussing the issue at national, state, regional and also international level to address all issues, she said.
She informed that the HRD ministry is also working on creating a national e-library project so that students and other citizens have access to vast knowledge bank. For the purpose, the ministry will also collaborate with international libraries. The ministry is also focused on imparting quality training to the teachers, she said.
At Tri Nagar, Smriti Irani centered her speech around Modi, with over 10 references in 11-minute extempore.