From being one of the most popular faces on the small screen to taking on Rahul Gandhi in a high-profile Lok Sabha poll battle in Amethi, Smriti Irani’s induction in the Narendra Modi ministry represents a crowing glory in her political career.

Having acquired fame as a TV actress in ‘saas-bahu’ soap opera, she continued to under spotlight after she switched over from TV to politics and fought two tough electoral battles in the last ten years including one against Congress heavyweight Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk in Delhi in 2004.

As BJP’s candidate from Congress bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh where she took on Rahul, Irani fought one of themost high profile electoral contests of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. She lost but not without putting up an impressive fight that saw Rahul’s margin of victory to just over a lakh.

A former National President of BJP’s women’s wing, Irani now holds the position of Vice President in the party.

Irani was born in Delhi and had her education in the national capital before she shifted to Mumbai and became a household name because of her role in the TV serial “Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” for her portrayal of the character of Tulsi.

Married to businessman Zubin Irani and having one son and a daughterm, Smriti Irani lists reading as her past-time.


HRD Ministry to launch student tracking system
Wed, May 25, 2016

Shala Asmita Yojana (SAY) aims to track the educational journey of close to 25 crore school students from Class I to Class XII across 15 lakh schools in the country.

Smriti Irani-Priyanka Chaturvedi war of words on Twitter
Tue, May 24, 2016

In a Twitter chat with a journalist, Chaturvedi tagged Irani and said that “a perceived threat to @smritiirani’s life gets Z sec, here I am struggling to get rape/death threat investigated. Cut the crap.”

Smriti Irani, Priyanka Chaturvedi in Twitter spat featuring Rahul, Z security and campus ruckus
Tue, May 24, 2016

In a Twitter battle, HRD minister Smriti Irani engages in a war of tweets with Congress leader Priyanka Chaturvedi. Says losing Assam elections is Rahul Gandhi's forte.

Jalandhar: BJYM leaders boycott HRD minister Smriti Irani
Mon, May 23, 2016

They were protesting the the recent appointment of Manish Vij as the district president of the unit.

Use technology to preserve Indian languages: Smriti Irani
Mon, May 23, 2016

“If this university can work on saving the extinct languages of the country, it would be the best use of the technology,” she emphasised.

HRD ministry plans Vedic education board on lines of CBSE
Mon, May 23, 2016

Sources said the decision to start a Vedic education board, on the lines of CBSE, is based on the recommendation of Sanskrit experts and representatives of gurukuls and ved pathshalas.

Raising family more difficult than making political profile: Smriti Irani
Sat, May 21, 2016

Smriti Irani said that even in corporate sector it was difficult for women to break the glass ceiling and enter leadership positions.

More autonomy for pvt varsities soon, hints Irani
Thu, May 19, 2016

Irani said that colleges that have “two cycles of highest NAAC” will soon get autonomy “if they have an NOC from the university”.

HRD Ministry to bring IIT preparation app
Wed, May 18, 2016

HRD Minister Smriti Irani also said it has also been decided that the questions in the IIT-JEE entrance test would conform to Class 12 syllabus.

Delhi confidential: One Voice
Wed, May 18, 2016

The matter is due to be heard in the apex court in the next few days.

Centre approaches chef Sanjeev Kapoor to prepare menu for JNVs
Tue, May 17, 2016

The minister also announced that students pursuing higher studies would be allowed to take maternity leave, while women and physically handicapped students would get more time to complete their PhD.

Exempt students from NEET this year, Vinod Tawde tells Centre
Tue, May 17, 2016

Tawde, who met Union Health Minister J P Nadda in New Delhi along with 22 other state health ministers, said the Centre should review the Supreme Court verdict that has made NEET compulsory for medical aspirants.

Consulting experts to rethink no-detention policy: Smriti Irani
Sat, May 14, 2016

Irani, a first-time minister and the youngest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministerial council, also said that education in the previous government had become a “political akhara (political battlefield)”.

Interview with HRD Minister Smriti Irani: ‘Congress trying to settle political scores through campuses’
Wed, May 18, 2016

"I don't harbour any ill feeling towards critics, who questioned my credentials to be HRD Minister. There is a now a grudging acceptance of my merit among them," said Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani terms Congress-DMK alliance as unholy, brings up 2G scam
Fri, May 13, 2016

Union Minister Smriti Irani Friday described the Congress-DMK alliance for the May 16 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu as an "unholy" one while bringing up the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

UGC gives students a say in appraisal of teachers
Thu, May 12, 2016

However, only those with 75 per cent or more attendance will be eligible to evaluate their teachers.

Govt will arrange NEET coaching for students, says Tawde
Tue, May 10, 2016

He added that the government had now decided to provide extra coaching classes and other logistical help to students appearing in NEET in July.

Cannot intervene in administrative matters of universities, replies Irani
Sat, May 07, 2016

Irani said such intervention from her side could open a “Pandora’s box” and could be seen as an encroachment on the autonomy of the university.

NE states record highest dropout level, lack of toilets reason for girl students: Minister
Thu, May 05, 2016

Overall the annual average dropout rate at primary level has reduced from 5.6 per cent during 2012-13 to 4.3 per cent during 2014-15

22 fake universities in country, 9 from UP: Smriti Irani
Thu, May 05, 2016

The fake universities, according to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani are in UP and Delhi, West Bengal and one each in Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Odisha

HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s 1996 BA course documents yet to be found, DU tells court
Wed, May 04, 2016

The university's response came in pursuance to court's earlier order summoning documents from its School of Open Learning department on the allegation that in her affidavit for April 2004 polls, Irani had claimed that she completed her BA in 1996.

Delhi Confidential: Word Play
Wed, May 04, 2016

Ministers Najma Heptullah and Maneka Gandhi were seen busy with their smart phones in the afternoon, even as MPs raised concerns about the commercialisation of healthcare.

7 IIMs hiked fee in last 2 years: Smriti Irani
Tue, May 03, 2016

The HRD Minister Smriti Irani said, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Shillong increased their fees by 5 per cent and IIM Lucknow by 29.6 per cent

Smriti Irani goes to IIT Delhi, two hostels get ‘unscheduled’ visit
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Accompanied by IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao, Irani went to the Kailash Hostel (for girls) and Shivalik Hostel (for boys). Both were found to be facing infrastructural shortages.

Reconsider use of book calling Bhagat Singh a revolutionary terrorist: HRD writes to Delhi University
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The letter came a day after HRD Minister Smriti Irani assured that she would convey her “angst” to the university. T

NIRF: Panel to review ranking mechanism of educational institutions
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

The committee would invite representatives from educational institutions to get a more comprehensive outlook of the issues

Smriti Irani in Amethi on April 24
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

She will later meet members of the party’s information technology cell to discuss the use of social media in the 2017 poll campaign. Later, she will visit Makdoompur Kalan.

NIT Srinagar agrees to many demands, mum on tricolour hoisting by PM Modi
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Outstation students take unmet demands to BJP: Fresh committee to probe NIT row

Non-local students want PM or Irani to hoist flag at NIT to end stalemate
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The students’ delegation has submitted a charter of demands to NIT-Srinagar director Rajat Gupta and HRD Ministry official Sanjeev Sharma.

Can’t shift NIT Srinagar, but can arrange external evaluation, Irani tells outstation students
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Smriti Irani also assured the group of 9-10 students that if any of the faculty or staff members of the institute has indulged in any wrongdoing, action would be taken as per the due process.

Congress leader describes HRD Minister as ‘Manu Smriti Irani’
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Manu is believed to have proposed the four-rung caste system in the ancient times

UGC relaxes rules for recruitment of faculty
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The UGC has also relaxed norms allowing female and differently abled research scholars eight years, instead of the current six years, to complete their PhD degrees.

May link promotion of teachers with student performance: Smriti Irani
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

The minister also appealed to the parents to participate in school management committees, so that they can keep an eye on how the school was functioning and sort out problems faced by them.

Delhi confidential: Setting The Calendar
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Prabhu’s office has written to all railways divisions and asked them to prepare a date-wise list of various functions they propose to hold in this fiscal.

Smriti Irani on JNU: No one can harm India till Narendra Modi is PM
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Irani was in Surat to lead ‘Bharat Mata Gaurav Kooch’, a march to honour ‘Bharat Mata’ on BJP’s 37th foundation day on Wednesday.

Smriti Irani picks new NCRI chief, ignores Dattatreya’s candidate
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Dattatreya’s candidate K Sudhakar had made the shortlist of three.