It seems that there is no ‘acche din’ for former HRD Minister Smriti Irani. After getting relegated from the position of HRD Minister, Smriti Irani faced another setback. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected the name of CBSE chief as recommended by Smriti Irani. When Smriti Irani was in power, she recommended Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh who is now the current director of the State Council of Educational Research and Training.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), headed by the Prime Minister, also took away the authority of HRD team for this entire process. Considering this, the Department of Personal & Training (DoPT) sent a letter to the HRD Ministry stating, “While considering the proposal, the competent authority in the ACC has conveyed that the post be filled under Central Staffing System (CSS) by keeping the recruitment rules in abeyance.”
This is the second time that Smriti Irani’s recommendation didn’t get cleared. Last year also, the ACC rejected Satbir Bedi on the grounds that she did not fulfill the basic qualification of having been education administrator for three years.
There was also two additional name in the row, Kamalkanta Biswal, a professor at National University of Educational Planning and Administration, and Khurram Shahzad Noor, additional principal director in the education wing of the Indian Navy.
Shockingly, none of these names has been taken into consideration. The ACC directed the ministry to complete the selection process within two months and submit its proposal to the ACC for consideration before October 31.
The chairman post of CBSE has been vacant since December 2014. Being an important post, the government is unable to fill this post. In August 2015, the ACC assigned Y S K Seshu Kumar with an additional charge of CBSE chairman. He has now given an extension of six months.