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HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank at Parliament during the ongoing Budget Session, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal being greeted by the Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, New Delhi.

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Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar addresses a press conference, in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar speaks at the 65th Meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. MoS Satya Pal Singh is also seen.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar addressing at the launch of the Diploma in Elementary Education (D.EI.Ed.) programme for In-service Untrained Elementary Teachers, in New Delhi. Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Upendra Kushwaha is also seen.

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Satya Pal Singh taking charge as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, in New Delhi.

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Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar at a press conference, in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

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Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar interacts with students at a Government School in Musheerabad, in Hyderabad.

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Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar along with Minister of State for PMO, Jitendra Singh and J&K Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh inaugurating the transit campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Jammu

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar in a group photograph with the students, who cleared XII with high marks and got admission to reputed colleges, at a function in New Delhi.

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Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani with Henriette Ahrens, Deputy Representative (Programmes), UNICEF India at the launch of Vidyanjali (School Volunteer Programme) in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

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Union Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani perform ritual during the foundation stone leaying ceremony of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Hathijan Village outskirt of Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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NSUI activists shout slogans as they are being detained during a protest to demand resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani against 'Lathicharge' on students of NIT Srinagar, in New Delhi.

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Non-Kashmiri students protest with the tricolour

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Human Resource Devlopment Minister Smriti Irani and Gujarat BJP president Vijay Rupani celebrating party's Foundation Day in Surat.

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Jnanpith Awardee Girish Karnad with Urdu Writers along with English writers,Artists Cultural Activists and Playwrights of Karnataka shout slogans against the HRD ministry to mandatory for the Urdu writers to sign a declaration form stating that he would not oppose the any policy of the Govt.,who seeks the any sort of monetary support from the Govt.

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President Pranab Mukherjee with HRD Minister Smriti Irani pose with winners of Visitor's Award 2016 during a ceremony at RBCC in New Delhi.

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Mahila Congress workers carry the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani during a protest near PM's residence.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani with Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury at Parliament house.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani comes out after Rajya Sabha adjourned at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Human Resource Development Smriti Irani at the centenary year Convocation of Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi.

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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani presents the National Bal Shree Honour for 2013, at a function, in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani at the National Bal Shree Honour Function to felicitate the Bal Shree Awardees of 2013.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani in a group photograph at the Annual Convocation of Central University at Rajinder Prasad Medical College, Tanda in district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.

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Students shout slogans demanding resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani as they are detained during a protest against the death of Hyderabad's student Rohith Vemula.

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Smriti Irani at the press conference where she defended herself

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani meeting students at Tika Ram Degree College during its 150th anniversary celebrations in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani interacts with part time teachers of primary schools as they speak about their problems in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani with Kerala CM Oommen Chandy inaugurating the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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Union Minister of Human Resources Development Smriti Zubin Irani is felicitated during BJP's public meeting in Golaghat, Assam.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani being felicitated with an Assamese japi during a public meeting in Nalbari, Assam

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The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani facilitated the noted Tamil Scholars and Thirukural recitation winners from Tamil Nadu, at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani with the girl students from Government Schools of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani talking to students during their protest in front of Shastri Bhawan against the scrapping of fellowship awarded so far to non-National Eligibility Test (NET) research scholars in New Delhi.

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Students holding a protest in front of Shastri Bhawan against the scrapping of fellowship awarded so far to non-National Eligibility Test (NET) research scholars in New Delhi.

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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani addressing the visitors during the launch of IMPRINT India Brochure, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and other dignitaries during the signing ceremony of MoUs between various Industry and Academic Institution at West Hall, RBCC.

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Union HRD minister Smriti Irani exchanges agreement documents with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani at the Convocation Ceremony of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani being welcomed during her visit to Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani interacts with protesters Adhoc primary teachers known as 'Shiksha Mitras' during her visit to Amethi.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani arrives to attend an official meeting in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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President Pranab Mukherjee with HRD Minister Smriti Irani during the International Literacy Day function, in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee and HRD Minister Smriti Irani during the National Award to Teachers 2014 function on the occasion of Teachers' Day in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing the commemorative coins of Rs.125 & Rs.10 to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, on the eve of Teacher's Day at Manekshaw Centre, in New Delhi. HRD Minister Smriti Irani, MoS HRD Upendra Kushwaha and MoS for Finance Jayant Sinha are also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani arrive at an interaction with school children, on the eve of Teacher's Day at Manekshaw Centre, in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani at the foundation laying ceremony of Central University of South Bihar at Gaya Panchanpur, Bihar.

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Battleground capital FTII students protesting in Delhi

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Abhijit Khuman, 26, Savarkundla, Gujarat
Course: TV Direction, one-year An MBA who worked on Narendra Modi’s social media campaign before the general elections, he’s an unlikely supporter of the ongoing strike. But Abhijit has not left the side of the Wisdom Tree and those under it since the strike started. He says he can’t describe the beauty of this place, which allows every political ideology to coexist and teaches everyone to respect the other. “The strike awakened me. The government is bent on not allowing other ideas to exist. This is not why we elected you,” he says. “My mother asks, what is happening with you? Is it worth it? Those people I worked with also ask me the same. But think about this. Look at the gate of FTII and imagine Amitabh Bachchan walking through the gate as chairman. How inspired will you be to give your best to the course. Now imagine Gajendra Chauhan in the same place.” The strike may be called off, but Abhijit is certain the students will keep protesting. “Either way, the government will try to clean up FTII. Please tell people to keep their eyes open and tell the government not to force their ideology on us,” he says.

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Kshama Padalkar, 33, Pune
Course: Third-year film editing Kshama has already seen a bit of life after degrees in literature from Pune and Hyderabad and has had stints as lecturer and part-time editor. An introvert, she wanted to contribute to the strike by simply shooting the protests and events around it, to do her bit to oppose the “shady appointments”. However, as she realised how misunderstood the whole FTII community was in the mainstream, outside of the campus, she has taken it up to go to colleges and explain their position to other students. “The strike brought the FTII students closer and we spread out to Pune-based colleges and other universities to explain our side of the story. Because FTII is self-sufficient, it had become a ghetto. Maybe that’s why the Marathi papers wrote terrible things about us,” says an articulate Kshama as she poses for the news channels. “It may be a good thing in the end, they might solve our previous issues too,” she says, adding that since money does not motivate her, she’s not worried about the outcome of the strike. She plans to become an independent documentary maker.

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Payal Kapadia, 29, Mumbai
Course: Second-year direction “A strike is supposed to be the stopping of something. For me it has been the opposite,” says Payal who feels the past two months have been the most enriching time of her life. “We have had so many discussions. We have seen so much, be it ABVP or Rahul Gandhi. We have had classes, screened films. I don’t see it as a loss of time at all. After all, what do you make films about?” An outgoing city girl, Payal has worked with a video artiste and holds the complex FTII education in high regard. Her mother, an artiste herself, who was part of student movements in her time, understands why the strike is important. “Anyone who says the chairman’s role is ornamental has not taken it seriously. He heads the governing council. He has to be capable of understanding the complex education here and then implement things,” says Payal earnestly. Like a true direction student, she has immense patience and optimism about the strike, its outcome, and their future. “It’s quite a prestige to get in and we have a strong alumni network. Industry people definitely say, FTII se hai toh kuchh toh credibility hai.

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Cephas P. Subba, 28, Darjeeling
Course: Film editing, third-year Cephas stumbled into the world of films when he accidentally did Mass Communications instead of his first love, literature. Although interested in photography, he couldn’t afford to pursue the expensive hobby. Now at FTII (after his extended family pooled in money for his fees), his views on politics, cinema, film- making and the “idea of development” are getting sharpened by the day. “I was always interested in affairs of the state but saw no option in Darjeeling so I chose to be apolitical,” says Cephas, a quiet, pleasant chap who is constantly shooting and uploading videos of the strike on their Facebook page, humouring the media and giving updates. He has had arguments with his mother, who wants him to finish the course and come back, but in a debate between safety and freedom of thought there can be only one winner. He’s clear that the students are not there to become just technicians. “To say film-making is for entertainment is very irresponsible. Given how people see films in India, cinema education plays an important role. It is unlike any other academic course. I’d love it if my director or chairman calls me to discuss the politics of films. That’s the mentorship I need and this place deserves. What’s the point of studying under someone who’s my level? I want to look up to them.”

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Shini J.K., 23, Kannur
Course: TV editing, One year At such a young age, Shini has completed her engineering, convinced her parents about changing the course of her life and has the conviction and maturity of a senior activist. “I am here after a lot of struggle. This is a rare campus in the country, which allows students to make mistakes and learn,” she says. She was expecting the backlash and is disturbed about the efforts being made to divert from the core issue. “This place has a discipline of its own. When there is a call line (call for recording), the whole campus goes silent. It is not a theoretical course. Most importantly, the students have been fighting from the 1990s to prevent privatisation and oppose cultural hegemony. It is because someone went on strike a few years ago that I am getting a one-year subsidised course,” she says. “For us it is our existence, for them it is an ego battle,” she says before getting back to the task of painting messages on the wall.

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Vikas Urs, 30, Mysore
Course: Third-year cinematography For someone who left a cushy life as a software engineer to follow his passion, Vikas wasn’t planning on a life of activism or ending up in jail. The strike has been a “discovery of India” for him. “What is administration, politics, media, film industry, it’s been a crash course,” says the exhausted but enthusiastic protester who is constantly being pestered for something or the other about the strike. He’s concerned that students who never wanted the glare on them before the strike may now be vulnerable. His parents in Mysore are certainly worried. “This is perhaps the only place in India where people with no film background discover cinema, are allowed to discover, with no pressure to look and feel a certain way. People do not understand FTII,” he says. He feels the chairperson of an institute like this must understand cinema, politics, art and bring all this together in the administration of the institute. Vikas worked with former chairperson Saeed Mirza, and says despite occasional disagreements it was the finest experience. “It’s a rare quality. To defend the present appointment on the lines of art and cinema is like a slap on our faces.”

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani arrives at the Red Fort on the occasion of 69th Independence Day in Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani paying her last respects to former President APJ Abdul Kalam at his residence at Rajaji Marg in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of the Skill India Mission in New Delhi.

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Union minister Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Nirmala Sitharam participate in the Talkathon to highlight the achievements of their Government in the last one year, in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani addresses a public meeting at Misrauli, in Amethi.

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Smriti Irani at Parliament before the start of the second half of Budget session.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani, UNESCO Deputy Director General Getachew Engida and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi at the international launch of 'The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report' in New Delhi.

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Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani during Mahila Maha Sammelan in Patna.

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HRD Minister Smriti Iranai speaks in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi.

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Students risk their lives as they travel by an overcrowded vehicle after appearing in the secondary examinations of West Bengal Secondary Education Board at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district.

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HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje at the laying foundation stone of the IIM Udaipur.

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President Pranab Mukherjee and HRD Minister Smriti Irani during Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee talks to HRD Minister Smriti Irani during Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani presents National Bal Shree Award 2012 to Shreehari Ramadas during a function, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Urban Development, M.Venkahiah Naidu, Union Minister for HRD, Smriti Irani and Chief Minister of AP N.Chandra Babu laying foundation stone for Indian Institute of Management at Gambheeram, Anandapuram Mandal.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani participating in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, at Sanjay Basti, Timarpur, in Delhi.

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Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani told a conference of state education ministers in New Delhi that she had washed utensils 15 years back at a hotel in Mumbai.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani lighting the lamp at the ‘State Education Ministers Conference’, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani at Banaras Hindu University.

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Human Resource and Development Minister, Smriti Irani wears a traditional japi at Karmayogi Award Ceremony, in New Delhi.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani at the Parliament house during the winter session in New Delhi.

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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani lighting the lamp to inaugurate the Workshop on Skills in Higher Education, organised by Deptt. of Higher Education, MHRD, in New Delhi.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani is greeted by Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO during the International Conference Role of ICTs for Persons with Disabilities in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister, Smriti Irani arrives at Parliament House for the Winter Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi.

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Education Minister Smriti Irani, has stoked a fresh controversy by visiting one of the country's best-known astrologers, in Rajasthan. The 80-year-old referred to as "Nathu Lal ji" by his followers reportedly told the minister, that she's due for a huge promotion.

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HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani during the ongoing 60th National ABVP Conference in Amritsar.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani during an election rally at Anajmandi of Tigaon in Faridabad.

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Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani with General Dalbir Singh Suhag and IAF Chief Arup Raha during President Pranab Mukherjee's departure for the State visit to Norway and Finland, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani initiating Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign, at Kendriya Vidyalaya, R.K.Puram, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani initiating Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign, at Kendriya Vidyalaya, R.K.Puram, in New Delhi.

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Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani presents a model of the 'charkha' to the Chinese President Xi Jinping as his wife looks on during a visit to Rajghat in New Delhi.

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Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani sips tea in a saucer at a tea stall in Amritsar.

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Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani at the Golden temple in Amritsar.

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President Pranab Mukherjee with HRD Minister Smriti Irani presenting Literacy Awards during the International Literacy Day celebrations at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi

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HRD Minister Samriti Irani with awardees during the CBSE Awards function in New Delhi.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani at the release of a book "Mahabharat ka Dharam Sankat" authored by Suryakant Bali in New Delhi.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani with Maneka Gandhi at the 54th Foundation Day of NCERT Campus, in New Delhi.

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