This is why you need good people with solid related academic background as ministers in-charge of education port folio.
In India, education comes under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. But seldom did we have a minister who understood education! Definitely, not the present one – Ms Smriti Irani. She was an actor in some televisions serials; not an academic. She does not even have a bachelors degree; according to the press reports and controversies, what she declared as ‘degree’ was fake! And there were contradictions in her own self-declarations , and there raged a massive controversy. Though the Aam Admi Party minister from Delhi was imprisoned for a similar forgery, there was no impartial inquiry instituted against her bluff.
A lot of harm has been done by the minister to higher education in India. Now look at what she is doing with it!
UGC had resolved to discontinue the scheme of non-National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowship, which is provided to those undertaking research in central universities across India, in a meeting held on October 7 last year, citing shortage of resources.
Students protesting over the issue of scrapping of non-NET scholarship on Wednesday staged a protest outside the office of the HRD Ministry in New Delhi and tried to submit a memorandum to the minister but were denied.
Simultaneously, the protesters kick-started a countrywide campaign in which they are sending postcards to HRD Minister Smriti Irani demanding….