A day after claiming that she had a “degree from Yale University”, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said her statement regarding her participation at Yale University’s leadership programme had been “misconstrued”. “Unfortunate that statement on my participation in a leadership program & certificate thereafter was misconstrued,” Irani tweeted on Monday.
On Sunday, the HRD minister was reported to have said at the India Today Woman Summit that she had a degree from the prestigious university in the US.
“In that kitty of mine where people call me ‘anpad’ (illiterate) I do have a degree from Yale University as well which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacities. Extraneous circumstances are being created so that I deviate my concentration from what my goals are,” she had said.
In a clarification last night, the HRD ministry said as an MP, Irani was invited to participate in a leadership programme at Yale along with MPs from various parties, and that her participation resulted in her getting a ‘certificate’ for the said programme.
This is not the first time Irani has found herself embroiled in controversy over her educational qualification. When she assumed charge as a Cabinet minister earlier this year, Irani was accused of having made contradictory declarations regarding her educational qualifications.