New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BA degree was genuine, the Delhi University said on Tuesday.
Registrar Tarun Das said the university had checked its records and it found that the PM’s degree was authentic.
“The University of Delhi states that Narendra Damodardas Modi had qualified for the Bachelor of Arts degree with enrollment number CC594/74 and examination roll no 16594 from University in 1978,” Das told Times Now news channel.
“In this particular case, I can confirm genuineness of the degree,” he added.
His remarks came amid controversy over Modi’s educational qualifications with with the Aam Aadmi Party raising questions about authenticity of the BA degree. A group of party leaders had visited Delhi University earlier in the day to check Modi’s degree and were asked to return on Wednesday.
Das said the varsity seeks to maintain privacy of all the students enrolled with it, but the clarification had been made in view of queries and reports in the media related to the issue.
University sources said the discrepancies in the names in Modi’s two mark sheets exist in university records as well.
On Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Modi’s BA and MA degrees and accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of telling lies on the issue.
The AAP, however, pointed out what it said were anomalies in the marksheets accompanying the degrees while Kejriwal insisted that the degrees shown by Shah and Jaitley were fake.
Following the DU’s clarification, BJP MP Bhupender Yadav attacked Kejriwal.
“Setting record straight Delhi University confirms #PMDegreeProof CM Kejriwal must introspect why is he stooping so low in public discourse?” he said in a tweet.