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Three new faces in HRD Ministry

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on October 29, 2012 Published on October 29, 2012

Pallam Raju


With three new faces at the top — a Union Minister, and two Ministers of State — the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has gone through a major makeover.

Replacing Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology M.M. Pallam Raju is set to take charge of the Ministry on Wednesday.

The appointment of Raju has, by and large, come as a surprise, as earlier Jaipal Reddy, who has now become the Minister of Science and Technology, was expected to replace Sibal.

Jitin Prasada, former Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, took over as the Minister of State for HRD on Monday.

Further, Shashi Tharoor, who was forced to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs in 2010 following controversy over the Kochi IPL franchise, has been re-inducted as Minister of State for HRD.

He is likely to take charge this week.

Prasada said that the Ministry would continue to work on proper implementation of the flagship Right to Education programme and ensure development of school infrastructure in the smallest villages.

The other focus areas would be minorities’ and vocational education that can ensure job creation in the country, he added.

Accepting the dismal state of education in his home State, Uttar Pradesh, Prasada said he would personally like to focus on it.

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Published on October 29, 2012
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