Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Hon’ble Education Minster
NameDr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
Father’s NameLate Shri Permanand Pokhriyal
Mother’s NameLate Smt. Vishambhari Devi
Date of Birth15 Jul 1959
Place of BirthPinani, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand
Marital StatusMarried
Date of Marriage07 May 1985
Spouse’s NameSmt. Kusumkanta
No.of Daughters3
Educational QualificationsM.A., Ph.D (Hon.), D.Litt (Hon.)
Educated at Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Sri Nagar, (Garhwal), Uttarakhand
ProfessionPoet, Social Worker, Writer
Permanent Address37/1, Ravindra Nath Tagore Marg,
Vijay Colony, Dehradun-248001, Uttarakhand
Tel: (0135) 2746363, 09458945006 (M)
Fax: (0135) 2530113
Present AddressBungalow No. 13,
Teen Murti Lane,New Delhi-110011
Positions Held
1991 – 1992 & 1993-2000Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly (Three Terms)
1997 – 1998Minister of Development of Uttarachal, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
1999 – 2000Minister of Culture and Religion, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
2000 – 2002 & 2007 – 2014Member, Uttarakhnad Legislative Assembly (Three Terms)
2000 – 2002Minister of 12 Departments including Finance, Revenue, Planning etc., Govt. of Uttaranchal
2007 – 2009Minister of Medical, Health, Family Welfare, Ayush, Science and Language, Govt. of Uttarakhand
2009 – 2011Chief Minister, Government of Uttarakhand, Additional charge – Gopan (Live stock), Home, Energy, Public Works, Forest, Higher Education, Disaster Management and Rehabilitation, Information, Housing, etc.
Leader of the House, Uttarakhnad Legislative Assembly
May, 2014Elected to 16th Lok Sabha
14 Aug. 2014 – 30 April 2016Member, Public Accounts Committee
1 Sep. 2014 – 25 May 2019Chairperson, Committee on Government Assurances
Member, Standing Committee on Rural Development
Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
29 Jan. 2015 – 25 May 2019Member, General Purposes Committee
1 May 2018 – 25 May 2019Member, Public Account Committee
May, 2019Re-elected to 17th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
30 May 2019 onwardsUnion Cabinet Minister Education Ministry

Books Published

1) Samarpan; 2) Navankur; 3) Mujhey Vidhata Banna Hai; 4) Desh Hum Jalney Na Dengey; 5) Tum Bhi Mere Saath Chalo; 6) Bas Ek Hi Ichaa; 7) Bheed Sakshi Hai; 8) Kya Nahi Ho Sakta; 9) Jeevan Path Mein; 10) Matribhoomi Key Liye; 11) Roshni Ke Ek Kiran; 12) Meri Vyatha Meri Katha; 13) Prateeksha; 14) Koi Mushkil Nahin; 15) Kharey Prashan; 16; Ae Vatan Tere Liye; 17) Vipda Jeevit Hai; 18) Pahar Se Uncha; 19) Ek Aur Kahani; 20) Veera; 21) Mere Sankalp; 22) Major Nirala; 23) Nishant; 24) Himalaya Ka Mahakhumbh Nanda Rajajat; 25) Chhut Gaya Parav; 26) Meel Ka Pathar; 27) Tuttey Dayrey; 28) Sangharsh Jari; 29) Saparsh Ganga; 30) Pallavi; 31) Apna Paraya; 32) Safalta Key Achuk Mantra; 33) Mehnat Par Bharosa Karo, Bhagya Par Nahin; 34) Sansar Kayaron Key Liye Nahin; 35) Karmyogi Vivekanand; 36) Shikago Mein Vivekanand; 37) Mahayogi Vivekanand; 38) Antheen; 39) Ekkis Chuninda Kahaniya; 40) Kedarnath Prlaye Ki Sachchi Kahaniyan-1; 41) Maurishis Ki Swarnim Samritiyan; 42) Kritaghan; 43) Prateeksha; 44) Bal Kahaniya – Aao Seekhain Kahaniyo Se.

Literary, Artistic & Scientific Accomplishments

Wrote – Poems, Stories and Novels, Translated various books in more than 12 Indian and Foreign Languages; involved in various research work done on ‘Nishank’ Literature in Indian and Foreign Universities, Writings included in the curriculum of Indian and Foreign Schools and Universities Honorary Degree of DFC and D.Litt. from International Open University Colombo; Honorary Degree of Ph.D. and D.Litt. from various other Universities also “Bharat Gaurav Samman” the highest Literary honour of Mauritus; International In-ordinary Talent honour.

Social And Cultural Activities

Actively associated with various Social activities; launched unique drive of `Swaran Ganga`; Organised Cultural Programmes World wide as a Minister of Culture in Uttar Pradesh.

Special Interests

Writing and Travelling, Reading Poems; Stories; Novels; Travelogues etc.; Making public relations, reading & writing specialized Articles on Himalayas

Favourite Pastime and Recreation

Writing; Watching good Social and Patriotic Movies.

Countries Visited

Germany, Holland, Mauritius, Russia, Sri Lanka, etc.

Other Information

Born in a very poor family, father was a gardener. Hails from a humble family background

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