Education Minister Vinod Tawde caused major embarrassment to the government Monday after it came to light that he received an engineering degree from a university that is not recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) or the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
Tawde, who holds the significant portfolio of Ministry of School, Higher and Technical Education, along with Culture, studied Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from Dyaneshwar Vidyapeeth based in Pune. The institute has no recognition from the UGC and the AICTE.
The disclosure came after a Marathi news channel flashed reports about it Monday morning. Tawde is a senior cabinet rank minister who is charting out new education policies for school and higher education. Tawde appears to be the latest to join the lot of ministers who invited controversy over educational qualification after Union Minister for Human Resources Development Smriti Irani and Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar.
Speaking to the media Tawde said, “Yes, I have studied from Dnyaneshwar University in Pune. I am proud to be a student of that university.” Asserting that he has done nothing wrong, he said, “There is a difference when you accuse someone of taking a bogus degree or hiding information. In my case, I have never hidden any facts. I have clearly stated my educational qualification from Dnyaneshwar University.”