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.


The shrinking of Smriti Irani
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Irani's appointment as HRD Minister had made as much news as the decision now to take the portfolio from her.

Smriti Irani should have given more respect to V-Cs: AMU V-C
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

The V-C also gave credence to rumours that he could not get an appointment with Irani despite several attempts for almost a year.

Varsities can apply to UGC for tie-ups with foreign institutes
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

HRD Minister Smriti Irani attributed the change to the poor response from foreign universities.

After Twitter spat, Smriti posts FB message on ‘struggles of a woman’
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

She cheekily signed off with the name “Aunty National".

UGC removes ceiling on satellite centres
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

The UGC has allowed deemed university them to set up as many satellite centres they wish but after meeting certain conditions

Smriti Irani bares her heart out in Facebook post, asks girls to look up and speak up
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

Smriti Irani's post came after her spat with Bihar Education Minister Ashok Choudhary on Tuesday.

HRD ministry invites VCs of Central universities for national seminar on Yoga
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

According to sources, HRD minister Smriti Irani would also be present in the seminar where apart from senior officials of her ministry, VCs, UGC top brass and yoga experts would be present.

Andhra Pradesh to get two universities, assures Irani
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

The Central university is proposed to be set up in Anantapuramu district, while the tribal varsity is to be located in Vizianagaram district

Smriti Irani announces national competition to promote research among students
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

The event was organised at SPPU’s department of management sciences (PUMBA) where state project director of RUSA, Manisha Verma, SPPU vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade, vice-chancellors of seven state universities and other dignitaries were present.

Education policy: Won’t release report without feedback from all states, says Smriti Irani
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

She said when the process of drafting NEP was initiated, it was promised that before putting anything in public domain, the opinion of states would be taken.

Education policy: Make our report public or I will, TSR Subramanian to Smriti Irani
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

The 200-page report, as first reported by The Indian Express on May 28, contains close to 90 suggestions including reinstating detention of students beyond Class V.

Reduced victory margin of Rahul by 80 per cent: Smriti Irani in Amethi
Fri, May 27, 2016

She added that the people of Amethi address her as ‘didi’ with affection. “People call one leader as behanji (BSP chief Mayawati) who had failed to meet their expectations... Unlike her, I will meet their expectations,” said Irani.

Smriti-Priyanka Twitter war: It’s a closed chapter, says Congress’ Chaturvedi
Thu, May 26, 2016

"I was hoping it would begin a discussion, but unfortunately it fell down... came down to a personal attack," said Chaturvedi.

Two years of Modi sarkar: Here’s what the BJP govt’s key ministers have to say
Sat, Jul 23, 2016

As the Modi government completes two years in power, here is look at what key ministers from the Union Cabinet have to say.

Smriti Irani defends govt: What Congress couldn’t do in 60 years, Modi sarkar has done in two
Fri, May 27, 2016

"The Nehru-Gandhi family has not fulfilled its promises due to which I have reduced victory margin of Rahul by 80 per cent," said Irani

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.