Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:30:00 GMT | By PTI

My statement on Yale misconstrued: Education Minister Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani looks to clear the air after controversy over her educational background ballooned to include prestigious American university Yale


My statement on Yale misconstrued: Education Minister Smriti Irani (© Reuters)

New Delhi: After stoking a fresh controversy over her educational qualifications, Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani today said her statement regarding her participation at Yale University’s leadership program has been "misconstrued".

"Unfortunate that the statement re my participation in a leadership programme and certificate thereafter was misconstrued," she tweeted.

I have a degree from Yale: Smriti Irani

The HRD Minister triggered a fresh controversy with her assertion that she also has a "degree" from the prestigious Yale University in the US.

"In that kitty of mine where people call me 'anpad'(illiterate) I do have a degree from Yale University as well which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacities," she said at a summit in Delhi.

In a clarification last night, an official spokesperson of the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry said the minister got a "certificate" for her participation in a Yale University program.

After she became a minister in May, the former television actress was at the centre of a controversy over her educational qualifications after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations in her election affidavits in 2004 and 2014.

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