In a letter to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Allahabad University Vice Chancellor RL Hangloo said that Union HRD minister Smriti Irani has “never interfered in the functioning of this university thereby clarifying his previous allegation of political interference.
Prof Hangloo also mentioned in his letter that his earlier statements have been twisted by the media and that Smriti Irani in her capacity as a minister has always encouraged the university administration with her rare flash of brilliance.
Professor Hangloo had earlier alleged interference by the ministry on the context of conducting offline entrance test after streaming it entirely online.
Students allege that an online-only admission process discriminates against students from villages who do not have access to the Internet. They have called off their strike after Mr Hangloo rolled back his decision.