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National Education Day: Know the qualifications of our education ministers

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Today on November 11, India is celebrating the birth anniversary of eminent educationalist, revolutionist and freedom fighter, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, who held the office of Union Education Minister of Independent India for over 10 years from 1947 to 1958. While Azad gave India its first IIT, IISc, and several cultural and literary academies under his tenure, let us learn about the academic qualifications of our other education ministers who helped framing the current education system in India.

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India has seen many leaders who have headed the education ministry after Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. The most recent being the current Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. With, PardaPhash, take a look at the five most recent education ministers and their education qualifications –

Mallipudi Mangapati Pallam Raju

Mallipudi Mangapati Pallam Raju was the 27th Union Minister for Human Resources Development (HRD) and worked during the tenure of former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s government in 2012.

He completed former education at the Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet (HPS), in 1979. In 1983, he earned his undergraduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. For master’s degree, he went abroad to get an MBA degree from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, in 1985.

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Smriti Irani

The 28th education minister. Irani held the education ministry for two years and 40 days. Smriti got her early education from the Holy Child Auxilium School, New Delhi. Later, she enrolled in the School of Open Learning at the University of Delhi. But as controversies started to brew over her education in 2019, she revealed that she had written her first-year B.Com exams from that institution but had not completed the three-year degree course.

Prakash Javadekar

Javadekar was the the 29th education minister of India. He held the office in July 2016. Prakash Javadekar completed his BCom (Hons) from the University of Pune, now known as Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). His wife, Dr. Prachee Javadekar, is also an education researcher. She has formerly been director of Indira Institute of Management, Pune.

Ramesh Pokhriyal

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Ramesh Pokhriyal went on to become the 30th education minister in 2019. He joined the ministry as HRD Minister and resigned as an Education Minister as the name of the ministry was changed during his tenure.

Pokhriyal received an MA degree from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University. During his tenure as Education Minister, National Education Policy (NEP) was launched in the country, jointly by Pokhriyal, Javadekar, and Smriti Irani. It is to be mentioned that the policy was being drafted from much before his appointment. NEP 2020 and was launched 

Dharmendra Pradhan

Dharmendra Pradhan is currently serving as the Minister of Education as well as Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He is also known as the  ‘Ujjwala Man’, for being the longest-serving Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas in India. Pradhan, holds a postgraduate degree in Anthropology from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar. He is an alumnus of the Talcher College, in Odisha where he started his political journey as the president of the students’ union.

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