Addressing a conference of state education ministers, Irani referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emphasis on giving importance to skills and said no one should feel inferior on being a plumber or a mechanic.

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"Our credit framework empahsises that if you want to become a plumber, carpenter or a mechanic, there is no shame in this. Being a minister, I feel proud that nearly 15 years ago, I have washed utensils at a Mumbai hotel. This does not bother because India is a country of aspirations," she said.

Referring to the PM's 'Make in India' initiative, she said industry is keen that a "skilled India" should be built first.

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