My statement on Yale misconstrued: Smriti Irani

"Unfortunate that statement re my participation in a leadership program & certificate thereafter was misconstrued," tweeted Irani.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:August 11, 2014 9:16 pm
HRD Minister Smriti Irani. Unfortunate that statement regarding my participation in a leadership program & certificate thereafter was misconstrued. (Source: IE archive)

After stoking a fresh controversy over her educational qualifications, HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said her statement regarding her participation at Yale university’s leadership program has been “misconstrued”.

The HRD Minister had triggered a fresh controversy with her assertion that she also has a “degree” from the prestigious Yale 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,” she said at the India Today Woman Summit here last Saturday.

In a clarification last night, an official spokesperson of the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry said that Irani got a “certificate” for her participation in a Yale University program.

After she became a minister in May, Irani was at the centre of a controversy over her educational qualifications after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations when she contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2014.

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    HABERFIELD
    Aug 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm
    oh really now misconstrued come on irani go back to television which I doubt they will take you with your heavyweight and all lies. please respect the portfolio given to you by MODI on a silver plate for some past favours
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    avi
    Aug 12, 2014 at 12:41 am
    Any minister can 'construct' anything and then blame for being 'misquoted' ! Bunch of shameless people in power !
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    cj
    Aug 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm
    biggest unpad out of yale!
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    Dr Shekhar
    Nov 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    If the education system of the ancient Rishis in the Vedic age is to be accepted today, then the scientific temper aroused by the sages for the disciples to enquire into Nature as a way of self realization is the need in our contemporary times with a method to develop values, to hone life skills to face challenges in life. The ancient sages had no certificates nor attended Gurukul Universities on parchments to display, except their wisdom to develop strategic plans and policies as 'rules' that they imparted in young children to be edified in history as inspirations to the next generation. It is a legacy that we must be proud of and not look down upon our age of digital invasion,distractions and information, it is knowledge and wisdom that is the 'change' is required in the irrational mind to a rational one by freedom of thought . It is a pity that we Indians delve into problems not to find solutions,but instead enjoy to undermine a fellow human being and indulge in petty unproductive meaningless arguments. It is best to let the eggs of policies be hatched to count the chickens!
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    Dr Shekhar
    Nov 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    If the education system of the ancient Rishis in the Vedic age is to be accepted today, then the scientific temper aroused by the sages for the disciples to enquire into Nature as a way of self realization is the need in our contemporary times with a method to develop values, to hone life skills to face challenges in life. The ancient sages had no certificates nor attended Gurukul Universities on parchments to display, except their wisdom to develop strategic plans and policies as 'rules' that they imparted in young children to be edified in history as inspirations to the next generation. It is a legacy that we must be proud of and not look down upon our age of digital invasion,distractions and information, it is knowledge and wisdom that is the 'change' is required in the irrational mind to a rational one by freedom of thought . It is a pity that we Indians delve into problems not to find solutions,but instead enjoy to undermine a fellow human being and indulge in petty unproductive meaningless arguments. It is best to let the eggs of policies be hatched to count the chickens!
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    Jagdish Jain
    Aug 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm
    This woman was 'misconstrued.'
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    Ramachandra Panicker
    Aug 11, 2014 at 11:47 pm
    Why not the Minister publish her full and authentic bio-data once for all and put an end to the controversy? After all one cannot change the bio data often - except when they acquire additional qualification. And the fact is no one would normally bother about the qualification of a Minister provided he/she is able, to perform . Let there be an end to this issue.
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    Ph. Andrews
    Aug 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm
    This is getting to be so ridiculous. Why cannot this woman just do her job and shut up. She needs to show results and stop fuelling controversies. It is her job as a public figure to efficiently handle stupid queries, irrespective of her qualifications. She has been appointed a minister, so either she performs or gets out.
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