Hon’ble President, The Republic of India (Formal confirmation awaited)
Shri. Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. A man of unparalleled experience in governance with the rare distinction of having served at different times as Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance Minister. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha five times from 1969 and twice to the Lok Sabha from 2004. He was a member of the Congress Working Committee for a period of 23 years. During 2004-2012, he was instrumental in spearheading critical decisions of the Government such as Administrative reforms, Right to Information, Right to Employment, Food Security, Energy Security, Information Technology and telecommunication, setting up of UIDAI, Metro Rail etc. through Chairmanship of over 95 Groups of Ministers constituted for the purpose.
In seventies and eighties, he was instrumental in setting up the Regional Rural Banks (1975), the EXIM Bank of India and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (1981-82). He has served on the Board of Governors of the IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank. Led the Indian delegations to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers’ Conferences in 1982, 1983 and 1984; the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, 1995, 2005 and 2006, the Conference of Commonwealth Heads of Government at Auckland in 1995, the Non-Aligned Foreign Minister’s Conference at Cartagena in 1995 and the Conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the Afro –Asian Conference in Bandung in 1995.
The many awards and honours conferred on him include India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhusan in 2008, the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1997, Best Administrator in India Award in 2011, Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa conferred by the University of Dhaka in 2013, Professor Honoris Causa conferred by the Belarus State University in 2015Honoris Causa conferred by the University of Calcutta in 2014, Honorary Doctorate conferred by – the Russian Diplomatic Academy in 2015, University of Jordan in 2015; Al-Quds University, Palestine in 2015, Hebrew University, Israel in 2015.