Dharmendra Pradhan Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

Dharmendra Pradhan is the Cabinet Minister for Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in the Government of India. As a Member of Parliament, Pradhan represents Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha and was earlier a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. 

Dharmendra Pradhan Biography & Wiki

Full Name/ Real NameDharmendra Pradhan
Profession Politician
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party
Constituency Madhya Pradesh (Rajya Sabha)
Physical Stat
Dharmendra Pradhan Height In Centimeter- 171 cm
In Meter- 1.71 m
In Feet- 5’7”
WeightIn Kilogram- 74 kg  
In Pound- 163 lbs
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Personal Life
Date Of Birth26 June 1969 (Thursday)
Dharmendra Pradhan Age (2022)53 years
Birthplace Talcher, Odisha
Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign  Cancer
Nationality Indian
Hometown Talcher, Odisha
College/University Utkal University in Bhubaneswar
Permanent AddressDeendayal Nagar, Manikmara, Dharam Pur, Talcher, District-Angul, Odisha 759100
Family member
Marital StatusMarried
Dharmendra Pradhan WifeMridula T. Pradhan 
ChildrenSon– Nishant Pradhan
Daughter– Namaisha Pradhan
Parents Father– Dr. Debendra Pradhan
Mother– Basanta Manjari Pradhan
SiblingBrother– Soumendra Pradhan
Sister– None
Dharmendra Pradhan Net Worth (2022)₹ 1.5 Crore INR 
Salary (As a member of Parliament)1 Lakh + Other Allowances
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Family, Early Life and Education

He is the son of Debendra Pradhan, who was also a Minister of State in the Vajpayee government from 1999-2004. Born on 26 June 1969, he hails from the city of Talcher in Odisha.

He is married to Mridula Pradhan and has two children, Nishant & Namaisha.

A post-graduate from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, in Anthropology, he has actively pursued several issues concerning the youth, such as unemployment, the lack of skill-based education, rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, and has played a major role in mobilising the youth in Odisha.

He holds a post-graduate degree in Anthropology from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar.

Dharmendra Pradhan Career

He became an A.B.V.P. activist while studying as a higher secondary student in Talcher College (Orissa) and later became the president of student union of Talcher College. Pradhan started his political career as an Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activist in 1983 and was elected as its secretary. 

After serving for different positions in the BJP, he was elected to the Lok Sabha Sabha in 2004 from Deogarh . He was also elected the member of the Rajya Sabha for two term each from Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

Dharmendra Pradhan as Union Minister

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas

Dharmendra Pradhan has been the longest serving Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas in the history of independent India. Joining as the Minister of State (In-charge) in 2014, he was later promoted to the Cabinet rank in 2017. On 31 May 2019,Shri Pradhan began his second consecutive tenure at the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.

Union Minister of Steel

In a brief tenure as the Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan has been working on to facilitate augmentation of production capacity, ensure growth of secondary steel sector, jobs creation, ensures value addition and import substitution. With particular focus on enhancing steel usage in India, he launched Ispati Irada, a collaborative campaign to involve all stakeholders in this drive. He also launched Mission Purvodaya in steel sector to drive transformation of eastern India through the growth of steel industry which has majority presence in eastern India.

Union Minister of Skill Development

As Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Pradhan launched several key initiatives focussing on reskilling and upskilling the manpower of India and focusing on bridging the skill gap for the Indian youth. During his tenure, the total number of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) increased by over 40% and student enrollment increased by over 28% till 2019. He brought in new paradigms in the regulatory environment by mooting National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) ) as new unified national reg IBM, Adobe etc. to introduce new age skills related to Industry 4.0. He also launched one of the world’s largest counseling program named Skill Saathi.

Union Minister of Education

In July 2021, Pradhan became Minister of Education in Second Modi ministry after the Cabinet reshuffle replacing Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Awards and Honors

Following his contribution to society and the party, Pradhan was awarded the ‘Best Legislator Award’, the Utkalmani Gopabandhu Pratibha Samman, 2002-03 and the Odisha Citizens’ Award in 2013.

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