Noida, UP India (PressExposure) October 30, 2012 -- The HRD ministry is set to get a new lease of life with the introduction of three new ministers in a major reshuffle in the council of Union ministers on October 28. While M M Pallam Raju took oath as the Cabinet minister for human resource development, Shashi Tharoor and Jitin Prasad will be his junior as ministers of state (MoS).
Before the reshuffle, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal was handling the charge of the HRD ministry as an additional responsibility. M M Pallam Raju, who has been promoted to the Cabinet rank, was earlier the minister of state for defence. Raju, 50, is one of the youngest HRD ministers in recent times. Mr Raju, takes charges of the HRD ministry at a time when a host of legislations related to reforms in higher education sector are pending in Parliament. An engineer by training, he is expected to expedite work on long-frozen Bills on regulations and accreditation. The ministry has also set a target of achieving gross enrolment ratio in the sector at 30 per cent by 2020.
After taking oath, Pallam Raju said he would carry forward the "good work" initiated by his predecessor Kapil Sibal, who set in motion several reforms during his tenure. "Kapil Sibalji has done a lot of good works and I think that need to be carried forward."
Mallipudi Raju Pallam Mangapati represents the Kakinada constituency of Andhra Pradesh. He is an electronics & communications engineering graduate (BE) from Andhra University and an MBA from Temple University, Philadelphia. A successful entrepreneur in the field of information technology, he has also been on the boards of a few companies.
Shashi Tharoor, who had to quit as the minister of state of external affairs in April 2010 in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing in buying stakes in an IPL team, has made a comeback as the MoS in the HRD ministry. The former UN diplomat is expected to infuse fresh ideas in the ministry.
Mr Tharoor entered politics in 2009 after his stint with the United Nations. He is an MP from Kerala. Mr Tharoor is also an author and a columnist. Born in London, Tharoor studied at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and did his PhD in 1979.
Jitin Prasada, who earlier was with the ministry of road transport and highways as MoS, has taken charge as a minister of state for human resource development on October 29. Addressing media persons after assuming charge, he underlined the importance of implementing the right to education, vocational education and education for minorities.
An MBA graduate, Jitin Prasada is a Lok Sabha MP from Dhaurahra in Uttar Pradesh. He was also been MoS in the petroleum & natural gas and steel ministries.
Jitin Prasada came into the limelight in 2001 when he became the general secretary of the Youth Congress. In 2004, he won his first election and was elected an MP in the 14th Lok Sahbha from his hometown constituency of Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
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