Speaking at the meeting, Goyal had said that India should not be concerned about gross domestic product (GDP) calculations as shown on TV, as "maths didn't help Einstein discover gravity."
"If he (Einstein) had only gone by structured formulae and what was past knowledge, I don't think there would have been any innovation in this world," he added.
On Wednesday, his colleague, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, had a tough day with netizens.
Sitharaman's comment linking millennials' preference for Uber and Ola cabs to the auto sector crisis had set off a flurry of criticism on social media. The sarcastic hashtag "#BoycottMillennials" quickly became a top trend.
Sitharaman said millennials choosing app-based cab aggregators over committing money to EMIs for new cars had affected the auto sector, which has seen a double-digit fall in sales for both two and four-wheelers.