The BJP released Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s college degrees — a Bachelor of Arts from the Delhi University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Gujarat University — days after Arvind Kejriwal accused Modi of lying about his educational qualifications. He alleged his degrees are fake.
Even after the release the issue is still simmering whether his degrees are authentic or not?
Let’s find out what the whole issue is.
How did it all start?
On August 27, 2015, RTI activist Neeraj Sharma filed an enquiry under RTI Act seeking a certified copy of the pages of the relevant register where complete information about the results of all students, who had passed in Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from DU. The application was deemed a issue of national security. After Delhi University refused to part with the information, Neeraj knocked on the doors of the CIC for redressal. On December 21 2016, an order was passed by the CIC asking DU to furnish the details to the applicant. But the university decided to move the Delhi High Court (HC) against the CIC order.
The University invoked exemptions under the RTI Act, related to breach of privacy [Section 8(1)(j)] and fiduciary relationship [Section 8(1) (e)] to argue that information related to results cannot be provided to citizens under the RTI Act. The HC stayed the order on January 23, 2017.
Addl. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued the case.
Mr. Modi himself added fuel to fire. In more than one video clip that circulated on social media, most of them before the 2014 general election, he mocked himself for being ‘uneducated’. He had left home for the Himalayas and did not pursue education after school, he can be heard saying in one of the videos. In another, he said he did not have a formal education, never went to college but yet moved ahead in life!
The BJP attempted to put an end to the controversy regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s graduation and post-graduation degrees. At an unannounced press conference in May 2016, BJP chief Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Showed PM Modi’s degrees.
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DU Registrar Tarun Das told the media that records have been checked, the PM’s degree is authentic and volunteers his roll number and other details.
According to some sources Not many Indians who graduated in 1978 can boast of a computer-generated marksheet like the one BJP president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley waved at the media at the press meet.
Doubts about PM Narendra Modi’s degrees aren’t restricted just to his BA degree awarded by Delhi University, but also around his MA degree awarded by Gujarat University, which mentioned Modi had secured the PG degree in “Entire Political Science”, a subject that apparently does not exist and is not even taught in the university.
The matter is subjudice in the Delhi High Court.
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