Soon with the formation of the new government for the country, the ministers are set to work. Smriti Irani, new Human Resource Development Minister (HRD), active with her worksheet wanted to put all the appointments on hold for a fortnight, so as to focus on her work. She has set her priority list, where she wants to look for ways to enhance public spending on education to 6% from the present 3.8% of GDP. She has prioritized the setting up of a national e-library and a central university of Himalayan technology in near future.
In her meeting with the top officials along with the two secretaries- Ashok Thakur and Rajrishi Bhattacharya of her department, Irani asked for the detailed notes on the different schemes run by the ministry, as for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid-Day Meal, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. She also took interest to know about the auditing of various schemes of school education.
The new minister was informed about the impending appointments of chairpersons of Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI). She wanted a list of committees’ ad institutions that is headed by the HRD minister. As both the council has been without chairperson for past few months, so the ministry wants Irani to clear the appointments of new chairperson.
Irani cleared her demand for separate presentations of educational status of each state. As per a source this is the first time that state specific presentation has been asked.