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Detailed Profile: Shri Kapil Sibal

NameShri Kapil Sibal
Constituency from which I am electedChandni Chowk
Father's NameShri Hira Lal Sibal
Mother's NameSmt. Kailash Rani Sibal
Date of Birth08 Aug 1948
Birth PlaceJullundur (Punjab)
Maritial StatusWidower
Date of Marriage 13 Apr 1973
Spouse NameLate Smt. Nina Sibal
No. of ChildrenNo.of Sons:2   No.of Daughters:0
State NameDelhi
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent AddressC-1, Maharani Bagh,New Delhi - 110 065Tel. (011) 26830452
Present Address19, Teen Murti Marg,New Delhi - 110 011Tels. (011) 23019420 (R), 23385055, 23387085, 23384639 (O) Fax (011) 23018705 (R), 23382365 (O)
Email idkapilsibal[at]hotmail[dot]com
Educational QualificationsM.A. (History), LL. M. Educated at St. Stephen`s College, University of Delhi, Delhi and Harward Law School, USA
Positions Held
Dec.1989 - Dec.1990Additional Solicitor General of India
1998-2004Member, Rajya Sabha
2000-2002Secretary, Congress Parliamentary Party
Apr. 2001-Dec. 2002Member,Joint Parliamentary Committe (J.P.C.) on Stock Market Scam
Aug. 2001Member, Business Advisory Committee
2002Member, Committee on Home Affairs
2004Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
23 May 2004 - May 20Union Cabinet Minister, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences
--Vice President, Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation & Management
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
31 May 2009 - 28 OctUnion Cabinet Minister, Human Resource Development
19. Jan. 2011 - 28 OUnion Cabinet Minister, Communications and Information Technology
Social and Cultural ActivitiesMember of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions set up by the Human Rights Commission in Geneva; Investigated cases of arbitrary detentions throughout the world; analyzed detention and detention laws in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Covenant for Civil and Political Rights and advised the Government to release individuals from detention if such detention was not in accordance with the above mentioned international instruments; actively involved in the protection of our national heritage and in particular, archeological sites which have immense historical and cultural significance.
Special InterestsParticularly interested in education; member, governing body of the St. Stephen`s College and served on the Board of the Indira Gandhi National Open University for several years; enjoys going to educational institutions and interacting with students; believes that education should be far removed from politics; appointed Chairman of a Committee by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to ensure free access to education to children between the ages of 6-14 and suggest measures for the implementation of the constitutional mandate in this respect
Sports and ClubsMember, (i) Belvedere Club, The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi; (ii) India International Club, New Delhi; and (iii) India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Favourite Pastimes and RecreationReading, writing, travelling and cooking; actively interested in spreading scientific knowledge and reasoning
Countries VisitedWidely travelled
Other InformationPresident, Supreme Court Bar Association, 1995-96, 1997-98 and 2001-2002; Co-Chairman, Indo-US Parliamentary Forum, 2002; studied and worked in the United States; offered appointment to the I.A.S., but declined; joined the Bar in 1972; designated Senior Advocate in 1983; leader, Indian delegation to the Human Rights Commission, Geneva, January, 1991; Member,(i) Press Council of India March 2001, (ii) Executive Council, Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies, July 2001; (iii) Board of International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, headquartered in U.S., 2002; (iv) Programme Board of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation`s India AIDS Initiative, 2003; (v) working group on Arbitrary Detention set up by the Human Rights Commission, Geneva; (vi) Board of Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University, 1993; (vii) Governing Body, St. Stephen`s College, University of Delhi, 1993; (viii) Indian Parliamentary delegation which visited South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal to advocate against Pakistan`s involvement in corss-border terrorism, 2002; addressed Parliament of India in the historic impeachment proceedings against Justic V. Ramaswamy, then a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India; as a nominee of the Working Group set up by the Human Rights Commission to visit Bhutan and Vietnam to assess and report on the human rights situation prevailing there in 1994; as the Chairman of the Working Group set up by the Human Rights Commission for dealing with arbitrary detentions, visited China in October 1997 to look into the alleged human rights violation there; convenor, International Policy Makers Conference of HIV/AIDS, New Delhi, 2002; participated in the International Workshop on ``Peaceful Nuclear Use and the Future of Non-Proliferation: Coping with the diversion of Nuclear Mateirals and Nuclear Terrorism`` organized by Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, at Tokyo, Japan, 2002; appeared in a number of landmark cases in the field of Constitutional Law, Commercial Law and Criminal Law; specialist in the field of Constitutional Law; was official spokesman of the Indian National Congress preceding the General Elections in 1999 and 2004; awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award, 2004-2005 awarded by the Indian Science Congress Association duing the 92nd Indian Science Congress held at Ahmedabad, January 2005; represented India in the Annual Meeting of World Economic Forum, 2005 at Davos, Switzerland, January 2005; led the Indian delegation to visit Antaractica, February 2005; led the CII Roadshow held at Seattle and San Francisco, U.S.A., April 2005

Source: Lok Sabha