The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan
- The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) is the New Delhi-based apex administrative authority for around 1,000 Central government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.
- The Kendriya Vidyalaya schools cater to the education of the children of transferable Central government employees and admits around 1.5 lakh students every academic year.
- The HRD minister, Irani in this case, officiates as the chairperson of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan.
Smriti Irani recommended over 5,000 KV admission requests
- The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister, Smriti Irani, recommended about 5,100 admission requests to Central government-run Kendriya Vidyalaya chain of schools in the academic year 2015-2016 according to an Economic Times report.
- Out of the 5000 plus admission recommendations, only around 3,000 were effected and the Kendriya Vidyalaya administration is investigating why.
- Irani's recommendations marks a "four-fold jump from quota levels of her predecessors."
Official's statement to the Economic Times
"The Minister recommended about 5,100 admissions at KV schools in 2015-16. The same was reported at the KVS board meeting and was noted," said an official who had attended a KVS meeting on 30 October 2015, according to ET.
The Economic Times report
- The Economic Times report criticised Smriti Irani's plethora of admission recommendations to Kendriya Vidyalaya schools.
- "Smriti Irani's admission recommendation bonanza is undermining the PM's promise of striking at the roots of corruption. Her action only serves to promote a culture of patronage...she should set up a system that will enable the most disadvantaged the same opportunity as their more affluent counterparts," the report stated.
MP quota for KV schools increased
In a meeting held in October 2015, KVS board of governors decided to increase the admission quota for Members of Parliament (MPs) to 10% from the previous 6%. Consequently, almost 7,900 seats fall under the MP quota now.
Irani expresses contempt on Twitter over report
- HRD minister Smirti Irani took to Twitter to express her contempt over the Economic Times report, tweeting, "Ur source based lie as usual ignores facts."
- The ET journalist responded with "utmost respect", saying the HRD Ministry had not responded to emailed queries on the issue.
- This followed another round of online sparring between Irani and the journalist, which was widely circulated on Twitter.
Irani lashes out at ET journalist
In response to a tweet by the ET journalist, Smiriti Irani tweeted, "2 line humari aur baaki ka version aapka. And by the way respect aap na bhi kare to koi farak nai padta."