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Detailed Profile: Shri Ashwani Kumar

NameShri Ashwani Kumar
Father's NameLate Shri Prabodh Chandra
Mother's NameLate Shrimati Adarsh Kumari
Date of Birth26/10/1952
Birth PlaceDelhi
Maritial Status Married On 30 November 1975
Spouse NameShrimati Madhu Kumar
No. of Childrenone Daughter One Son
State NamePunjab
Party NameIndian National Congress
Permanent AddressSewa Sadan, Opp. ITI, G.T. Road, Gurdaspur, Punjab.
Telephone : {01874}221808, 210425, Mobile: 09478401314
Present Address18, Ashoka Road, New Delhi - 110001
Telephone : 26832102(R), 23354222(O), Mobile: 9868181833, 9811902559
Email idakumar[at]del2[dot]vsnl[dot]net[dot]in
Educational QualificationsB.A. (Hons.), LL.B., M.Phil. Educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Panjab University, 2004
ProfessionSenior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
Positions Held 1991 Additional Solicitor General of India May 2002 Elected to Rajya Sabha June 2002 - Feb. 2004 Member, Committee on Energy Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance Jan. 2003 - Feb. 2004 Member, Committee on Commerce Convenor, Sub-Committee on Textiles of the Committee on Commerce April 2004 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2004 - Jan. 2006 Member, Committee on Information Technology Oct. 2004 - Jan. 2006 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Finance 29 Jan. 2006-22 May 2009 Minister of State in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry 2009 National Spokesperson AICC General Elections (2009) 2009-2010 Chairman, Sub-Committee on Action Taken Notes of the Committee on Public Accounts Aug. 2009 - Jan. 2011 Member, Committee on External Affairs April 2010 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2009 -May 2010 onwards Member, Committee on Public Accounts Aug. 2010-Dec. 2010 Chairman, Select Committee to the Prevention of Torture Bill, 2010 19 Jan. 2011-12 July 2011 Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs 19 Jan. 2011-28 Oct. 2012 Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning Minister of State in the Ministry of Science and Technology Minister of State in the Ministry of Earth Sciences 28 Oct. 2012 onwards Minister of Law and Justice
Freedom FighterNo
Books PublishedLaw, Ideas and Ideology in Politics: Perspectives of an Activist, 2003
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and RecreationTable tennis, wrestling, reading, travel, music and films
Countries VisitedU.S.A., U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Jordan, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Monaco, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Morocco, South Africa, Israel, U.A.E., Spain, Finland and Poland
Other InformationWas a Member of the Indian Ministerial delegation in the recently concluded Indo-Japan Economic Dialogue held in May 2012 at New Delhi; was Member of the Indian delegation for the high powered 3rd Indo-US Strategic Dialogue, co-chaired by Hon. Minister of External Affairs and US Secretary of State, Ms. Hillary Clinton held in Washington DC on June 13, 2012; delivered a Lecture at the invitation of President MIT, (Cambridge) on 'India's Quest for Global Leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation and the case for Indo-US collaboration in the frontier areas of Science', 15 June, 2012; gave a Talk at the Harvard Club (New York) organised by the USBIC on 'India's Growth Story : Challenges and Response', June, 14, 2012 ; was the Indian Government nominee at the Davos World Economic Forum meeting in 2007 and in 2012, also represented India at the Summer Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2011, held at Dalian, People's Republic of China from September 14 -16, 2011, was the Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Science & Technology Society Forum (STS) held on October 2 - 4, 2011 at Kyoto, Japan; President, (i) Indo-French Parliamentary Friendship Group, 2004 and (ii) Indo-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Society; Chairman, India-Japan Forum of Parliamentarians; Member, (i) Executive Committee of the Indo-British Parliamentary Forum, FICCI, and (ii) Member, High Powered Parliamentary Goodwill Delegation to China led by Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha; nominated as accompanying Minister to the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on her State visit to Vietnam and Indonesia, November, 2008; accompanying Minister to, (i) Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe in 2007, (ii) Prime Minister of U.K., Gordon Brown, 2008 and (iii) King Albert II of Belgium and President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan during their visits to India in 2006-2009; has engaged in his official capacity with global leaders including President Shimon Peres of Israel, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France; Chief Guest (i) 16th Anniversary of the independence of Republic of Uzbekistan organised by Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, September, 2007, (ii) World Academy of Productivity Science (WAPS) Fellow Awards function at PHDCCI (Distribution of Awards), New Delhi, October 8, 2007, (iii) ICAI International Conference, Mumbai, December 2007, (iv) Session on “AMERICAS” during Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2008, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, January 2008, (v) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Seminar “Gateway to North America” and a get together of Pennsylvania Universities Alumni of New Delhi, February 2008, (vi) Plenary Session of the International Conference on Reinventing Management & the Rise of the Asian Tigers hosted by JIIMS, New Delhi, March 2008, (vii) Global Compact Society - 3rd National Convention on Sustainable Development - The Role of Global Compact organised by ONGC, Delhi, (viii) CNBC TV-18 Autocar Auto Awards-2008, New Delhi, (ix) Federation of Automobile Dealers Association's Auto Summit at Hotel Ashok, (x) Inaugural Session of the Retail Symposium 2008 on "Making Delhi a Global Retail Destination" organised by CII, April 2008, (xi) Inaugural Session of AIMA National Management Forum 2008, New Delhi, July 2008, (xii) Session titled 'Building Bridges Trade and Investment' at The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Chennai; (xii) 3rd National Quality Conclave organised by Quality Council of India, New Delhi, (xiii) Federation of Automobile Dealers Association's Auto Summit, New Delhi, (xiv) 2nd Global Innovation Summit 2008, FIND 2008, organised jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry and Finpro India, Finland, May 2008, (xv) Earth Sciences Day held at Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan, July, 2012 and (xvi) 6th Bry-Air Awards for Excellence in Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigerating (HVAC&R), New Delhi; Guest of Honour, (i) Investors Meet, organised by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Bangkok, September 2007, (ii) Interactive Session with the members of World Chlorine Council, New Delhi, 28 October 2007, (iii) Inaugural Session of National Convention on Exploring Investment Opportunities in Orissa, Ashok Hotel, 29 October 2007, (iv) Breakfast Session with senior business delegation headed by Lord Karan Billimoria, New Delhi and (v) 57th Annual Convocation of Panjab University; Chair, (i) Session on “Business Update: Outline of the Take Off”, US-India’s Strategic Dialogue organized by Aspen Strategy Group/CII, Washington DC, June 2006, (ii) Session at AIMA-AAMO, 34th National Management Convention, Theme: Managing New India Striving for Inclusive Growth, Kolkata, September, 2007 and (iii) Wrap up session of the meetings held in North-East States with the Minister of Thailand, Kolkata; Co-Chair, Business Meet organised by Assocham with H.E. Mohamed Nasheed, Hon'ble President of Maldives, New Delhi, 23 December 2008; Special Guest, (i) India Economic Summit 2006 organised by The World Economic Forum on “Going Global: The Acquisitive Indian”, New Delhi, (ii) Regional World Economic Forum’s Plenary Session on “Tech Sector Growth - Victim of its Own Success?”, November 2007 and (iii) Session on Big Bets on Technology and manufacturing, organised by CII, New Delhi, 18 November 2008; Keynote Addresses: (i) “India and The Emerging Global Order” at the 16th Asian Corporate Conference of The Asia Society (New York), Mumbai, March, 2006, (ii) INDIA DAY at New Jersey, on INDIA-The Market, the Experience and the Opportunity, May 2006, (iii) Interactive meeting with CEOs’ of leading American Petrochemical companies to promote India as FDI destination, in Greenbrier, (Virginia, U.S.A.), June 2006, (iv) Seminar on “Competitiveness in India’s Growing Manufacturing Sector”, organized by Asia Society, New York, June 2006, (v) Stanford Asia Technology Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Forum – Reinventing India on “The Role of Infrastructure to De-Bottleneck Industrial Growth", Mumbai, August 2006, (vi) “India – A Design and Engineering and Manufacturing Destination” at the 3rd Indo-US Economic Summit, New Delhi, September 2006, (vii) “Mitigating India’s Energy Security Challenge Potential for Domestic Action” organised by Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi, September 2006, (viii) The 3rd Annual India Investment Forum on The Indian Growth Story, New York, September, 2006, (ix) At Dinner for global partners of the Mckinsey Automobile Sector practice, New Delhi, February 2007, (x) US Women Entrepreneurs Delegation on “Indian Economy: The Way Ahead” organised by FICCI FLO at FICCI, New Delhi, March 2007, (xi) AGM of Indian Merchant Chamber, Kolkata, June 2007, (xii) The Citigroup Sponsored Global India Summit in New Delhi, March 2008, (xiii) GE sponsored conference on "Access India 2008", New Delhi, 5 March 2008, (xiv) District Conference “Anglkar - Our Commitment to Serve” at Swabhumi, Subject: “Leadership in Public Life”, Kolkata, (xv) UK-India Infrastructure Conclave, New Delhi and (xvi) International Conference on “Technology and Innovation for knowledge management organized by NPC, (xvii) India Investors Summit on Challenge of Inclusivist Growth - The India Story at Ballroom, London, 19 May 2008, (xviii) The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on India's Global Engagement : Challenges of a Pluralist Democracy, September 2008, (xix) 4th Session of the India-Belarus Inter Governmental Commission on Economic, Trade, Industrial Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (JCM), New Delhi, 17 November 2008, (xx) Valedictory Session in Symposium Hall, National Agriculture Science Complex, Pusa Institute, New Delhi, 18 December 2008, (xxi) USIBC's Conference on "US and India - Doing Business in Today's Economy"in New Delhi, 10 January 2009, (xxii) Inauguration of the Technical Session 4- Nuclear Energy-5th Indo-US Economic Summit Looking Ahead- Consolidating Alliances by IACC, 7 January 2009, (xxiii) Celebration of 'Science Day' in New Delhi, February, 2011, (xiv) Annual Convention of International Goodwill Society of India on, 'Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development', May 2011, (xxv) Inspire State Level Awards, August, 2011, (xxvi) CSIR Foundation Day Celebration and Presentation of CSIR awards 2011 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, September, 2011, (xxvii) Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, 2011, Jubilant Life Sciences and The Schwab Foundation, Mumbai, November, 2011 and (xxviii) Thomson Reuters Innovation Awards, 2011 organised by C.I.I., November, 2011; Guest Speaker at The India Economic Summit 2006 organised by The World Economic Forum on “India and the United States: The New Paradigm”, New Delhi, November 2007; Special Address as Chief Guest (i) AGM of Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata, June 2007, (ii) ‘Powering Economic Growth: Logi(sti)cal Approach Organised by Indian Merchants Chamber, 29 January, 2009 and (iii) Convocation Address as Chief Guest at Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar (Haryana), February, 2011; Address as Guest of Honour, Chatham House on The India Story: Economic Growth and the Challenges of Pluralistic Democracy, London, May 2007; Inaugural Address on (i) "Sustainable Economic Growth through Innovation at 1st Global Innovation Summit" "Leadership in the Global Economy-Innovation to the Fore", New Delhi organised by CII, March 2007, (ii) 4th Japan-India Strategic Partnership symposium organised by Government of Japan and CII, Delhi, (iii) Mindmine Summit 2007 on Imagining, Investing, Inventing: "The Global Indian Manager" at New Delhi, (iv) National Conference 2007 and Insignia 2007 at Madras Christian College, 19 September 2007, (v) National Seminar on Harnessing IP for National Development on the occasion of World IP Day organized by FICCI, April 2008, (vi) Inaugural Session of 'IT Intelligence Conclave', New Delhi organized by The Economic Times, 4 July 2008, (vii) The Performance Theatre hosted by Tata in New Delhi, 13 November 2008, (viii) 'International Symposium on Accelerating India's response to research for a preventive HIV Vaccine' at NDMC Convention Centre, August, 2012, (ix) 'Scope of Innovations in Science & Technology' at Golden Jubilee Research Day at PGMER, Chandigarh, August, 2012 and (x) Inaugural Address for Electronics at EXPO-2011, New Delhi, February, 2011; Address on (i) "Trading for Global Integration" Indian Government Representative at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East Summit at Sharm EI Sheikh, Egypt , May 2006 and (ii) 'India - Israel Relations in a Global Age' organized by CII and The Harold Hartog School of Government And Policy, Tel Aviv at New Delhi, 3 September 2008; Valedictory Address at The Partnership Summit on Emergent India: New Roles and Responsibilities, Bangalore, January 2007; Delivered (i) the Nehru Memorial Lecture at the Nehru Centre, London, 19 May 2008 and (ii) lecture on the occasion of release of the Report on 'Socio-Economic Impact of Direct Selling : Need for a Policy Stimulus' event, organised by ICRIER, March 2011; nominated by the Government of India as a Member of the Indian delegation to the OECD workshop on Foreign Direct Investment in non-member dynamic economics held at Wellington, New Zealand, 6-7 April 1995; Inauguration of (i) Job and Education Fair organised by ITPO, New Delhi, April 2007 and (ii) INDEE 2007, organised by the Indian Engineering Export Promotion Council, 23 October 2007; was Rapporteur, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law; Associate Visiting Professor, Institute of Peace and Development, University of Nice, 1994; was Chairman, A.I.C.C. Vichar Vibhag (Intellectual Cell), 2002-04; was Spokesperson, A.I.C.C.; National Spokesperson, A.I.C.C. General Elections, 2008; was Member, Media Committee, A.I.C.C.; Member, (i) IBA and LAW ASIA, (ii) Executive Committee, Energy Law Section, LAW ASIA, (iii) Indian Society of International Law (iv) Indian Council of Arbitration, LES (U.K.) and (v) Expowered Sub-Committee of the High Level Committee on Manufacturing (under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister); Leader, (i) Indian Delegation to Morocco for a Symposium on -South - South Cooperation: in the fields of Energy and Industry, Challenges and Opportunities organized by the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organisations, Rabat (Morocco), May 2007, and (ii) Interactive Session with US SMEs in the manufaturings sector, hosted by NAM under the President of Governor Engler in Washington; Presented, Country Statement at CEOs Summit at Florence, hosted by USB Bank Meeting with Mr. Al Gore on Climate Change, June 2007; Papers presented include (i) “Privatization in India : An Overview” at an International symposium on ‘Privatization throughout the World’ organized by the Forum International, University of Nice (France), 2-4 December 1993, (ii) “Telecom Scene in India : An Overview of Law & Policy” at Monaco ’96, Monte Carlo, 22-23 March 1996, (iii) “Multinational Investments in Asia : The case of India” at the IBA Conference, New Delhi, 1997, (iv) “Post Explosions India - Challenges, Response and Opportunity” at the Third LAW ASIA Business Law Conference, Tokyo, 9-10 November 1998, and (v) “Integrated Implementation of TRIPS” organised by the AIPPI Forum, Basel, Switzerland at Lyons, France, 3-6 March 1999

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