He is perhaps the youngest Cabinet Minister for Human Resource Development which has seen stalwarts like P V Narasimha Rao, Arjun Singh Kapil Sibal. One quality that distinguishes Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Dr M M Pallam Raju from the rest of politicians these days is his ability to connect to the people and most importantly students including school going. Holding one of the most important portfolios in Indian political hierarchy Dr Raju remains embedded to his strong roots, his traditional root which he inherited from his illustrious family as all of them were always attached to the common man on the streets.
It was no different last Wednesday when he walked into the imposing auditorium of the Indian Islamic Cultural Centre to address the Convocation of the 40 day workshop on Personality Development which IICC holds every year in association with Noble Education Foundation " I am so happy to be with you as you ; young boys and girls are future assets of this country and must make the best of opportunity that are available these days.
You must strive to be at the top and so contribute your share in the development of our great country" Dr Raju said in his address to the young students. "Let me tell you frankly I am so moved with your performances and how a right module of development can change the thinking process. I give you my blessings and my wishes for the great future ahead" From the moment he landed at the function Dr Raju was visibly seen involved with the training process, how the programme transformed some young students who could not even utter a single word in public giving speeches in front of him Amazingly too he was also judge to select the best students of the workshop.
"Although I had to select one, I think everyone is the winner as you take a multitude of treasures way back home to prosper in life" Only recently Dr Raju announced his keen desire of the Government in taking steps to improve women's participation in employment by imparting training in skill development, "Attitude" towards women must change and they be treated equally. Women form half of total population of the country but their participation in employment is very low.
Government is taking steps to bring them at par with men," Raju said. He was then addressing a book release function in Kakinada in his home state. "At this juncture how do we behave with women?...Such attitude should change, and one must think before behaving with them (women) and also give them importance in society," the minister said. Raju also has a comprehensive plan for the development of youths in the country was on the cards. "
The government is preparing a comprehensive plan for the development and improvement of skills of around 50 crore youths by 2022," he said. He also stressed on the need to spread awareness among women about issues like health, general medicine among others concerning them. Hailing from a political family, Dr Raju Pallam grandfather (Late Mallipudi Pallam Raju) being a freedom fighter and his father (Shri M.S. Sanjeevi Rao) being a Union Minister in the Government of India (1982–1984), He was first elected to the Indian Parliament in 1989 and was the youngest MP in the 9th Lok Sabha. He has served as a Director on the boards of Indian Airlines & Air India during 1994-1997.
Pallam Raju was born in 1962 in Pithapuram, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. He is an alumnus of the Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Begumpet (1971–1979), an Electronics & Communications Engineering graduate (BE) from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, AP (1979–1983) and an MBA from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA (1983–1985). Pallam Raju worked in Philadelphia and Boston in the USA and in Oslo, Norway, in the field of Computers and Information Technology. A successful entrepreneur in the field of Information Technology, he was on the boards of a few very successful Public Limited Companies until his induction into the Union Council of Ministers.
He has been a very active member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and has held several important positions in the state unit and at the National level, the most recent one as the Chairman of the Department of Policy Planning and Coordination (DEPPCO) in the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Between August 2004 and January 2006, he served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology which comprises the Departments of Information Technology, Communications & Posts and Information & Broadcasting. In 2008, Pallam Raju visited Lebanon to meet the Indian peacekeepers who were part of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He was the Minister of State for Defence, to do so in 5 years. India has one infantry battalion deployed in charge of the eastern position of South Lebanon. Pallam Raju has represented the Country in the United Nations General Assembly at New York, USA in October 2004 and at the SAFMA Conference in Pakistan in May 2005.
He was the leader of the MPs delegation to Tokyo, Japan in November 2005 which was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the SASAKAWA PEACE Foundation (SPF) and also was a member of the delegation to Beijing, China in November 2005 for the Conference on Globalization which was jointly organized by the Konrad Adeneur Foundation (KAF) of Germany and the Institute of Peace Studies, India. Currently a Member of Parliament (15th Lok Sabha), he had been elevated to a cabinet rank as HRD minister from being the Minister of State for Defence (Raksha Rajya Mantri (RRM)), Government of India. The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers (IETE), New Delhi, has recently conferred a 'FELLOW' on him. A keen sportsman, Pallam Raju had represented his school and college in several athletic and football tournaments in the Country.