From Yale to DU: Smriti Irani’s ‘tryst with learning’ never ceases to amuse

Smriti Irani has come a full circle. The Union minister courted fresh controversy after an affidavit submitted by her to the Election Commission mentioned that she did not complete her graduation from Delhi University.

The statement is contrary to Irani’s earlier claims that she had a Bachelor degree and a degree from Yale University

Controversial claims


Irani, in her 2004 Chandni Chowk nomination affidavit, claimed to have completed Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University in 1996. However, in 2014 – and again in 2019 – said that she had not completed a three-year Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Delhi’s School of Open learning.

In response to a question, Smriti Irani, in 2014, claimed to possess a degree from Yale University. She said even though people thought her to be illiterate, she has a degree from Yale which she could bring out and show “how Yale celebrated her leadership qualities.”

Later, she said the degree was, in fact, a certificate given to Members of Parliament for attending a six-day course.

After being mocked on Twitter and drawing the ire of the Opposition, Irani said she was misunderstood

Fodder for trolls

While people tore into Irani on social media, the Opposition condemned her for her inconsistency.

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi slammed Irani, saying “a new serial called “Kyunki Mantri Bhi Kabhi Graduate Thi”, and proceeded to sing a few lines of a song she had composed.

Irani had played a key role in the serial ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ which aired from 2000 to 2008.

Trolls meanwhile, had a field day on social media, especially Twitter, dragging Irani for going back and forth on her educational qualifications.

Irani is contesting against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh this Lok Sabha election.