Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Thursday dubbed talks of a bid to introduce books written by RSS ideologue Dina Nath Batra to school curriculum as mere “media reports” and said any move in this regard would be taken “within constitutional modalities”.
Addressing a press conference to outline her achievements and initiatives during the first 100 days of the NDA government, Irani downplayed controversies surrounding the appointment of a few vice-chancellors during the UPA regime, and said she does not believe in “witch-hunting”. The minister also asserted the need for a new education policy, deliberations for which would begin in January 2015.
She said a review of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Right to Education would also be carried out. “In the last 100 days, I have met many CMs and other officials. They informed me about challenges faced by them on these issues and even the state education secretaries expressed the need for a review,” she said.