Prof. P.J. Kurien

Prof. P.J. Kurien

State from which I am elected: Kerala
My Political Party: Indian National Congress
My Delhi Address: 14, Akbar Road, New Delhi
My Telephone No.:
My Permanent Address: Pallathu House, P.O.- Paduthode, Vennikkulam,Pathanamthitta District, Kerala 689544
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Mother’s Name  :  Shrimati Rachel Joseph
Date of Birth  :  31 March 1941
Place of Birth  :  Puramattom in Tiruvalla, Distt. Pathanamthitta (Kerala)
Marital Status  :  Married on 28/05/1968
Spouse’s Name  :  Shrimati Susan
Children   :   Two daughters
Educational Qualification :
M. Sc. Educated at St. Thomas College, Kozencherry (Kerala) and Government Science College, Rewa (Madhya Pradesh)
Profession :
Political and Social Worker, Teacher and Educationist
Permanent Address:
Pallathu House, P.O.- Paduthode, Vennikkulam,Pathanamthitta District, Kerala689544 Tel. – {0469}2750588, 2651465, Mobile: 09447211136
Present Address :
14, Akbar Road, New Delhi Tel. – 23015375, 23015377, Tele fax: 23015345, Mobile: 9868181143, 9013181143
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Positions Held:
1980 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha 1982-85 Member, Indian Council for Agricultural Research 1982-88 Member, Marine Products Export Authority 1984 Member, Eighth Lok Sabha (second term) 1985-87 Member, Press Council of India 1985-88 Member, Spices Board 1987-89 Member, Executive Committee, Congress Parliamentary Party [C.P.P.(I)] Member, Committee on Public Undertakings 1989-91 Member, Ninth Lok Sabha (third term) Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party 1990 Member, Committee on Environment and Forests 1991 Member, Tenth Lok Sabha (fourth term) 1991-93 Union Minister of State, Industry with additional charge of Commerce 1992-93 Union Minister of State, Industry (Department of Small Scale, Agro and Rural Industries) with additional charge of Commerce 1993-96 Member, All India Council of Technical Education 1994-98 Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 1995-96 Union Minister of State, Non-Conventional Energy Sources 1996 Member, Eleventh Lok Sabha (fifth Term) 1998-99 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha (sixth term) Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party Jan. 2005 Elected to Rajya Sabha July 2005 Nominated to the Panel of Vice-Chairmen, Rajya Sabha (re-nominated on 21 July 2006, 22 April 2008, 1 Aug. 2011 and 19 April 2012) July 2006 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (second term) Sept. 2006 – Oct. 2010 Member, Rubber Board May 2007 – May 2009 Member, Committee on Public Accounts April 2008 – Aug. 2012 Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party, Rajya Sabha Aug. 2009 – Aug. 2012 Member, Committee on Defence Dec. 2009 – Aug. 2012 Member, Committee on Commerce Dec. 2009 – July 2010 Chairman, Select Committee to examine the Commercial Division of High Courts Bill, 2009 April 2010 – July 2012 Member, National Institutes of Technology Council March 2011 – July 2012 Member, J.P.C. on 2G Spectrum allocation July 2012 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (third term) 21 Aug. 2012 onwards Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha Aug. 2012 onwards Chairman, Committee of Privileges Chairman, Committee on MPLADS Member, Committee on Rules Ex-officio Vice-Chairman, Standing Committee of All India Presiding Officers’ Conference Ex-officio Vice-President, Executive Committee of the Indian Parliamentary Group (IPG) May 2013 onwards Member, Business Advisory Committee Jan. 2015 onwards Member, General Purposes Committee Feb. 2016 onwards President, Rajya Sabha forum on Panchayati Raj
  Freedom Fighter   :  No
Books Published:
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and
Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests :
Working for the protection of environment, upliftment of the poor and the weaker sections of the society; Vice – Chairman, (i) Indian Association of Parliamentarians for Population and Development and (ii) Asian Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development (AFPPD), Tokyo; interested in educational and literary activities and environmental problems; active participation in co-operative movement
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation :
Volleyball and badminton; reading, travelling, music and cultural activities
Countries Visited :
Widely travelled; Member, (i) Congress Party Delegation to Mauritius, 1988, (ii) Anti-apartheid delegation of Congress Party which met various world leaders, 1988, (iii) Indian delegation to the United Nations, 1994 and 1997, (iv) IAPPD Delegation to Ethiopia, 2009, (v) Indian Goodwill Delegation of Parliamentarians of various political parties in Parliament to Egypt, Greece and Turkey, 2010, (vi) 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Conference at Colombo, Sri Lanka in September, 2012, (vii) AFPPD 10th General Assembly at Bangkok, October, 2012, (viii) Sixth Conference of SAARC Speakers & Parliamentarians at Islamabad in November, 2012 and (ix) Official Indian Delegation to the Vatican City, Rome to attend Investiture Ceremony of Major Archbishop Mar Baselios Cleemis as Cardinal in November, 2012
 Other Information :
Actively participated in the co-operative movement in Kerala; President, Tiruvalla East Co-operative Bank (the biggest urban co-operative bank in India); Vice-Chairman, Kerala State Co-operative Marketing Federation; Director, (i) Tiruvalla East Co-operative Bank for 15 years, (ii) Kerala State Co-operative Marketing Federation for 12 years and (iii) Central Arecanut Marketing Co-operative for 3 years; Member, (i) Governing Body of the National Co-operative Union of India for 3 years, (ii) Governing Body of the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram for 3 years and (iii) Court of the Jawaharlal Nehru University for 3 years; Co-ordinator, A.I.C.C. for the States of Assam and Andhra Pradesh from April 2008 to August 2012

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