Statement of Smriti Irani on resignations of heads of educational institutions

No HRD Ministry pressure behind resignations of heads of educational institutions: Smriti Irani

The government told on Monday that the resignation of some people were for their personal reasons and dismissed suggestions they step down because of the pressure of HRD ministry. So, HRD minister Smriti Irani said in Rajya Sabha that “The resignations were on personal reasons, no inquiry was called for.”

Dr Anil Kakodkar, who is the chair-person of BoG, IIT Bombay requested to leave from his duty as the chair-person, though he agreed to continue his job to the terms of the 11 May, 2015. Also Professor R Shevgaonkar, who is director of IIT Delhi gave resignation because of the personal reasons.

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HRD minister Smriti Irani

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The resignation of Kakodkar and Shegaonkar had create a huge controversy between the academic circles that the Ministry was interfering the academic matters of institutes of higher learning. HRD minister Smriti Irani said the former director of NCERT Pravin Sinclair had demanded for Pre-mature repatriation. She also said “The Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad also gave his resignation because of personal reasons and leaved the office on 28 January 2015”.

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Vice Chancellor of Assam University also gave resignation said that he was unable to countinue in the office because of some personal and family problem so he gave resignation and requested for leave, said the minister.

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