POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 28, 2009 AT 04:23 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 30, 2009 04:23 IST

There is a long history of the  educational qualifications of the Gandhis not quite being what they are claimed to be.

So it should not really be a surprise, really, that Shri Varun Gandhi, who in his appeal to the Allahabad High Court to quash the criminal case filed against him for making hate speeches in Pilibhit, had claimed that he had graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE), and then received a Masters degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) actually turns out to have a

"degree from the LSE (BSc in Economics), earned through a distance-learning provision, although he was never admitted to LSE's own undergraduate body. Later he was enrolled at SOAS (MSc in Sociology) but never completed the degree,"

as this petition points out.

The above is reiterated in a widely circulated e-mail from Dr. Annu Jalais Dept. of Anthropology, London School of Economics (LSE):

The SOAS Alumni Relations Officer, has confirmed that Feroze Varun Gandhi never graduated in Sociology from SOAS (as claimed by him/media) as he withdrew from his MSc programme before completing it.  Feroze Varun Gandhi's connection to the LSE was only through the "University of London External System", which is a distance-learning provision administered by the LSE. He was never been admitted into the LSE's own undergraduate student body and was never a member of LSE's campus..

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 28, 2009 AT 04:23 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 30, 2009 04:23 IST
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i full endorse raghuraman to claim that nehru was not edcuated has to come from pure malice.. midn You I am staunch BJP supporter.
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