In a latest twist to the raging controversy on Narendra Modi’s educational qualification, the Gujarat University has now said that Prime Minister had “slightly changed” his name, dropping ‘kumar’ from it.
The University, according to PTI, said that Modi changed his name from “Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi,” which he used in admission form for MA Part I, to “Narendra Damodardas Modi” in MA Part II but claimed everything was “genuine”.
Acting Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University, Mahesh Patel told PTI, “Since he (Modi) had taken admission in MA Part I in 1981 on the basis of his DU degree, he used the name Narendrakumar Damodardas Modi. But when filling MA Part II form, he dropped ‘kumar’ and wrote Narendra Damodardas Modi in the form.
“So his degree was issued on the basis of his name in MA Part II. Everything is genuine. Since there was no computerised system and everything was to be done manually, a candidate could charge his name slightly. Now that we have computerised system in place, so whatever the name of the candidate filled in admission form carries on in the second part as well,” he said.
Patel said Modi obtained 237 marks out of 400 in MA Part I and 262 marks out of 400 in MA Part II.
The acting VC’s clarification came hours after the Aam Aadmi Party pointed out what it claimed were some glaring discrepancies in the educational documents released by the BJP president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.
While AAP declared the degrees as ‘forged and fake,’ its leader and Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said that the Delhi University had sealed the documents.
The DU VC told Times of India that the allegation of documents being sealed didn’t have any truth but he refused to comment on whether the degrees shown by BJP leaders were authentic.