Why are there variations in Smirti Irani’s qualifications?

TV actress and Union minister Smirti Irani filed her nomination papers on the 11th of April from Amethi Lok Sabha seat.

Since her filling of the nomination papers, there has been a huge debate over her educational qualifications.

In her affidavit filed this month she claimed to have a Bachelor of Commerce Part -1 through correspondence from Delhi University, she added in the affidavit that she never completed the course though. So technically her highest educational qualification is class 12.

However, when Ms. Irani was appointed Minister for Human Resource Development (the ministry in charge for education) in 2014, she claimed to have a degree from Yale University, which of coarse was never displayed publicly nor did it make mention in her affidavit this time.

This educational qualifications drama doesn’t end here, apart from claiming to holding a degree from Yale, the minister’s latest affidavit has a lot of discrepancies when compared with her previous.

In 2004, when appointed to Rajya Sabha member her affidavit read her highest qualification as BA.

In 2014, when she filed her affidavit for the Lok Sabha polls she claimed to have completed Bachelor of Commerce Part -1 but, she failed to mention that she did not complete the course.

So what are her real qualifications?

The minister jumped her between BA, BCOM and Yale.

When an RTI query was filed with the Delhi University asking for her educational qualifications in 2014-15, the minister who was then charge of Education buried down her papers.

For her variations in her affidavits between 2004, 2014 and 2019 she could be put behind bars for a term of up to six years.

Let’s make it clear, no one is questioning her capability or capacity. However when your made in-charge of education and curriculum in schools, colleges and universities, some form of transparency is required, and its basic. When the person heading the education ministry itself created doubts over her qualifications, is it not a mockery of the institution itself?