"Unfortunate that statement re my participation in a leadership programme and certificate thereafter was misconstrued," she tweeted.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani had triggered a fresh controversy with her assertion that she also has a "degree" from the prestigious Yale University in the US.
"In that kitty of mine where people call me 'anpad'(illiterate) I do have a degree from Yale University as well which I can bring out and show how Yale celebrated my leadership capacities," she said at the India Today Woman Summit here last Saturday.
Unfortunate that statement re my participation in a leadership program & certificate thereafter was misconstrued.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 11, 2014
In a clarification last night, an official spokesperson of the Human Resources Development (HRD)Ministry said that Irani got a "certificate" for her participation in a Yale University program.
After she became a minister in May, Smrit Irani was at the centre of a controversy over her educational qualifications after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations when she contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2014.