Are HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank's degrees fake?

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02 Jun 2019

Smriti Irani 2.0: New HRD Minister Pokhriyal's degrees also fake?

It has been a couple of days, and the newly-appointed Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, finds himself in the center of a controversy.

After the infamous web of lies that was BJP MP Smriti Irani's fake degree row- who also once held the position of HRD Minister- it seems Pokhriyal's honorary doctorates and D.Litts are also not as legit as you think.

These are the degrees Pokhriyal claims to have

Pokhriyal has been awarded two honorary doctorates by the Sri Lanka-based International Open University in Colombo. Back in the 90s, he received a D.Litt. for his contribution in Literature and reportedly was awarded another D.Litt a few years ago in Science.

Legitimacy

University that awarded Pokhriyal honorary doctorates not registered

University that awarded Pokhriyal honorary doctorates not registered

However, as an India Today report has revealed, the Open International University (OIU) of Colombo is not registered as a foreign university, and is not even a registered domestic university in Sri Lanka, as per the University Grants Commission of the country.

The report adds that an RTI was filed last year about Pokhriyal's educational qualifications, however, the response had incomplete information.

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Two fake degrees and two dates of birth?

That's not all! Apparently, Pokhriyal's date of birth is also questionable as the one listed on his CV doesn't match the one on his passport.

The report revealed that, as per Pokhriyal's CV, he was born on August 15, 1959, however, his passport lists his date of birth as July 15, 1959.

The inconsistency is backed by the Uttarakhand state website, the report added.

Response

Here's the explanation that Pokhriyal offered

Here's the explanation that Pokhriyal offered

Addressing the new discoveries, the Minister's office, released a statement on Saturday, denying the claims. It was said that the discrepancy is the result of different dates on school certificates, and as per Hindu horoscopes.

"As far as my two different dates of birth are concerned, they are different in my Hindu horoscope and school certificate," Pokhriyal told India Today.

'Never taken wrongful benefit of different dates of birth'

"This is generally the case with almost with everyone who has a Hindu horoscope where the date of birth is based on the Hindu calendar. I've never bothered about it as I've never taken any undue or wrongful benefit of these different dates of birth."

History

Pokhriyal has also made unscientific claims in the past

Ever since Pokhriyal's appointment, his old controversial statements, where he made unscientific claims have once again come to the fore. He had reportedly claimed that astrology takes precedence over science.

In 2014, he had said, "Lakhs of years ago, Sage Kanad had conducted a nuclear test."

He had also supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi's views on Hindu God Ganesha's "plastic surgery."

Smriti Irani

Pokhriyal not the first HRD Minister with fake degree controversy

Pokhriyal not the first HRD Minister with fake degree controversy

Notably, Smriti Irani- who holds the Ministries of Women and Child Development, and Textiles- had earlier claimed she had a Yale degree, which was later revealed to be a 6-day training program.

She had also submitted contradictory documents while filing nomination from Amethi; one claiming she was a graduate, another listing her as 12th pass.

Irani served as HRD Minister from 2014 to 2016.

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Who is the new HRD Minister in 2019?

Asked 2019-06-02 00:39:57 by Saanvi Pawar

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Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is the new Minister of Human Resource Development.

Which of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank's degrees are fake?

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According to some reports, the honorary doctorates awarded to Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank are allegedly illegitimate as the Open International University (OIU) of Colombo is not registered as a foreign university, and neither as a domestic university in Sri Lanka.

Who was the HRD Minister before Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank?

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Before Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Prakash Javdekar was the HRD Minister

Which constituency did Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank win?

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Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank won from the Haridwar constituency for a second time this year by a margin of 258,729 votes against Congress candidate Ambrish Kumar.

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