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Human Resources Development minister Smriti Irani to discuss education reforms at RSS meet

Irani is expected to meet senior functionaries of RSS,representatives of affiliated outfits, on to discuss education reforms, making this first formal meeting with the Sangh this year.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jul 18, 2015, 10.37 AM IST
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Irani is expected to meet senior functionaries of RSS,representatives of affiliated outfits, on to discuss education reforms, making this first formal meeting with the Sangh this year.
Irani is expected to meet senior functionaries of RSS,representatives of affiliated outfits, on to discuss education reforms, making this first formal meeting with the Sangh this year.
NEW DELHI: Human Resources Development minister Smriti Irani is expected to meet senior functionaries of the RSS, along with representatives of six affiliated outfits, on Saturday to discuss education reforms, making this her first formal meeting with the Sangh this year and the second since the Modi government took over.

According to sources, Irani will atttended RSS’ ‘Shiksha Samooh’ (education group) meeting on Saturday in which she will interact with members of Vidya Bharti, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh, Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal, Sanskrit Bharti and Shiksha Bachao Andolan in the presence of RSS joint general secretary Krishna Gopal.

RSS members told ET on the condition of anonymity that the agenda is to share Sangh’s inputs regarding the new education policy and to plan measures to instil nationalism, pride, ancient Indian values in modern education.

This government-organisational interface assumes significance in the backdrop of the ministry’s effort to hold grassroot-level consultations for drafting the new education policy and the NCERT recently conducting a workshop last month to review history textbooks.

"Yeh meeting samanway ke uddeshya se aayojit ki gayi hai (This meeting has been organised for better coordination with the government)," said an RSS functionary, who did not wish to be identified. "We will update her (Irani) about the work being done by the Sangh in education, give our inputs and flag our concerns," he added Sources said that the issue of vacancies at several important educational institutions including NCERT, CBSE and universities may also be raised with Irani.

The ‘Shiksha Samooh’, organised just days ahead of RSS’ three-day annual meeting in Nainital next week, was first meant to be held on July 8, but cancelled at the last minute owing to Irani’s ill health.

The minister underwent a minor surgery for a boil on her leg last week in Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, which forced her to skip the conference of central university vice-chancellors conference and the launch of the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyanand. She was discharged only on Thursday. "Although she is still recuperating, she has agreed to attend the meeting tomorrow (Saturday)," another RSS functionary added.

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