President, National Open School Society

Sh. Prakash Javadekar

Sh. Prakash Javadekar

President, National Open School Society, Hon'ble Minister of Human Resource Development

Sh. Prakash Javadekar was born on 30th January 1951. He is the President of the National Open School (NOS) Society and the Union Minister of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Previously, he held the portfolio of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change. He was also a Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, and briefly held the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting. Mr. Javadekar was also an official spokesperson of the BJP before becoming a minister of the Narendra Modi Government.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Member of Parliament from Maharashtra in 2008, and re-elected from Madhya Pradesh in 2014. Following the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2014 General Election, he was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests and Climate Change by Hon'ble Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi.

Between May and November 2014, he was also Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting. After taking charge of his ministry, Sh. Javadekar notably said that "the media itself suffices for self-regulation. Institutions are important for the functioning of democracy and priorities would be worked out after due consultation with the stakeholders".

Active in politics since his college days, Sh. Javadekar was a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Svayamsevak Sangh (RSS). During the Emergency between 1975-77, Sh. Javadekar participated in student movements against the government. During this period, he led a Satyagraha movement in Pune.

He led the Indian delegation to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. He worked with the Bank of Maharashtra for 10 years from 1971- 1981. He also worked in Rural Development Dept Sick Unit Cell, Employment Promotion Programme of the Bank. He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pune.

Among the many achievements, he has to his credit is the Sir Purshottam Das Thakur Memorial National Award, for research Paper on Rural Development and Banks role in Co-ordinated Approach. He also led a delegation to Boston to Negotiate Media Lab Asia Project in 2000.

Sh. Javedkar, has many books published to his credit like -(i) Bekaricha Jwalamukhi (Problem of Unemployment), 1986, (ii) Nanenidhiche Karz (IMF Loan), 1987, (iii) Shetkanyanchi Karzmukti (Farm Loan Waiver), 1988 and (iv) Mahagaicha Bhasmasoor (Problem of Inflation), 1999 and 2010; he has written about 300 articles in various newspapers on contemporary subjects and has also written many booklets on unemployment, infiltration, IMF loan and other political issues.

The National Institute of Open Schooling is privileged to have him as its President of the Society.

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