Smriti Irani asks states for action plan on 'toilets for girls' goal

HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday asked states to prepare an action plan for construction of toilets for girls in all government schools by July next year in keeping with the goal set up Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Smriti Irani launches academic project for children

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday launched an ambitious project which seeks to inculcate early reading habits, writing and mathematics skill among children.

Govt to begin debate on new education policy: Smriti Irani

Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said here on Sunday that the government would soon initiate a "state-wise, region-wise and national" debate to formulate a new education policy required for current times.

Govt to facilitate school dropouts` return to education: Smriti Irani

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani Saturday said the government will roll out a programme by this year-end wherein school drop-outs who were forced to take up a job or those who opt to exit education due to financial worries, will be facilitated back into studies up to PhD level.

UGC to frame guidelines for educational institutes on students` safety

UGC has decided to frame comprehensive guidelines for all higher educational isntitutions to ensure safety of students in wake of the Beas river tragedy in Himachal Pradesh which claimed the lives of 24 Engineering students.

UGC schemes for empowerment of SCs, STs, minorities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is implementing a number of schemes for educational empowerment of SCs, STs and minorities that include setting up of equal opportunity cells and scholarships.

Was misconstrued on Yale University degree: Smriti Irani

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani Monday said her statement on the degree from Yale University in the United States was "misconstrued".

Post controversy, Smriti Irani revels `I have a degree from Yale University`

The controversy over HRD Minister Smriti Irani`s educational qualifications has taken a new turn with her assertion that she also has a degree from the prestigious Yale University in the US.

New WiFi programme for colleges, varsities

The government is planning a new programme under which over 20,000 colleges and 600 universities will be WiFi-enabled, parliament was informed Wednesday.

Smriti Irani defends move on DU undergrad programme

One of the reasons for reverting to the three-year undergraduate programme in Delhi University was to ensure that its students are not "put to any disadvantage" vis-a-vis students of other universities, Smriti Irani said.

Over 1.3 mn minority students pursuing higher education

Over 1.3 million students from minority communities are pursuing higher education in India, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani informed parliament Wednesday.

Government to formulate new education policy

The government has proposed to formulate a new education policy to meet challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in Indian educational institutions, parliament was told Wednesday.

Dropout rate matter of concern: Smriti Irani

The overall primary school dropout rates have gone down in India except in the case of tribal children, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani said here on Wednesday.

Number of out-of-school children goes down to 17 lakh

India now has 17.24 lakh out-of-school children, compared to 81.5 lakh in 2009, and an amount of Rs.339.97 crore has been sanctioned for special training centres for such children, parliament was informed Monday.

Over 240 private technical institutes closed down in 3 years

Over 240 private technical institutes across the country had to be closed down in the past three years due to dwindling demand for seats and quality of education.

Bihar teacher fails to name India`s president, faces probe

For a woman school teacher in Bihar, Pratibha Patil is still India`s president and Smriti Irani the governor of the state. These answers shocked a district magistrate who has ordered a probe into the authenticity of the teacher`s qualification based on which she got a job in a government school.

Law and order situation "not good" in UP: Smriti Irani

Expressing dismay over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani today asked the Akhilesh Yadav government to pay special attention towards the security of women and children.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani appeals UP govt to pay attention to women security

Human and Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said that the law needs to be implemented more forcefully in Uttar Pradesh.

HRD minister asks MPs to monitor mid-day meal scheme

HRD Minister Smriti Irani has written to all MPs asking them to be part of committees set up to monitor the mid-day meal scheme which has seen complaints of poor quality of food and corruption.

Two sexual harassment complaints recd by HRD Ministry: Irani

The HRD Ministry on Wednesday said it has received two complaints of alleged sexual harassment including one against the chairman of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).