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Name Dr. Najma A. Heptulla
Father's Name Syed Yousuf Ali
Mother's Name Shrimati Fatima Yusuf Ali
Date of Birth 13/04/1940
Birth Place Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
Maritial Status Married On 7 December 1966
Spouse Name Shri Akbarali A. Heptulla
No. of Children Three Daughters
State Name Madhya Pradesh
Party Name Bharatiya Janata Party
Permanent Address 16, Teen Murti Lane, Delhi.
Present Address 16, Teen Murti Lane, Delhi. 110011
Telephone : 23016391, 23016436
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Educational Qualifications M.Sc.(Zoology), Ph.D. (Cardiac Anatomy) Educated at Motilal Nehru Vigyan Mahavidyalaya
Profession Social Worker and doing research in scientific field
Positions Held July 1980 Elected to Rajya Sabha 1981 Member, Joint Committee on Marriage Law (Amendment) Bill, 1981 1982-84 Nominated to the Panel of Vice-Chairman, Rajya Sabha Member, Committee on Petitions 1984 Member, Committee on Public Accounts General Secretary, Science Forum of Parliament Jan. 1985 - Jan. 1986 Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Nov. 1988 - 10 June 2004 1985 and 1989 - June 2004 Member, General Purposes Committee Member, Business Advisory Committee 1985 and 1989 - June 2004 and Member, Committee on Rules Nov. 2004 onwards July 1986 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (second term) 1986-87 General Secretary, All India Congress Committee(I)In-charge, youth activities and State of Jammu and Kashmir of A.I.C.C. In-charge, N.S.U.I., the student wing of the Congress Party 1986-87 and 1998 Spokesperson, All India Congress Committee Nov. 1988 - June 2004 Chairperson, Committee of Privileges, Rajya Sabha 1988 Elected Vice-President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) July 1992 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (third term) March 1997 - June 2004 Chairperson, Committee on Provision of Computers to Members of Rajya Sabha 6 May 1997-26 April 1999 Chairperson, Committee on the Empowerment of Women July 1998 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (fourth term) Sept. 1998-99 Elected Vice-President of the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (I.P.U.) Sept. 1998 - June 2004 Chairperson, Committee on Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) Oct. 1999 - Sept. 2002 President of the Council of the I.P.U., the first woman ever to be elected to this office in the 110-year history of the I.P.U. Sept. 2002 Honorary President, Council of the I.P.U. for life July 2004 Re-elected to Rajya Sabha (fifth term) Aug. 2004 onwards Member, Committee on Energy Oct. 2004 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation Jan. 2006 onwards Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Wakf Sept. 2006 onwards Chairperson, Committee on Subordinate Legislation Oct. 2006 onwards Member, General Purposes Committee Aug. 2007 onwards Member, Committee on Energy, Union Minister of Minority Affairs from 26th May, 2014 onwards.
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Books Published Published several research papers in foreign and Indian journals. Contributed to many Indian and foreign magazines on issues relating to women and social development. Member of the Advisory Committee and Editorial Board of 'The Indian Journal of Zoology' and 'Journal of Anatomy'. Editor and Publisher of the quarterly magazine 'Dialogue Today' since 1986. Author of the books, (i) 'India's Progress in Science and Technology - Continuity and Change', 1985, (ii) 'Indo-West Asian Relations - The Nehru Era', 1992, (iii) 'Reforms for Women - Future Options', 1992, (iv) 'Environment Protection in Developing Countries', 1993, (v) 'Human Social Security and Sustainable Development', 1995 (vi) 'A.I.D.S. - Approaches to Prevention', 1996 and (vii) Democracy - The Global Perspective, 2004
Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests  
Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation Member, (i) Gymkhana Club, Delhi, (ii) Bombay Presidency Radio Club, Mumbai, (iii) India International Centre, Delhi, (iv) Sea Rock Hotel Club, Mumbai, (v) India Habitat Centre and (vi) India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi; reading and writing, freelance journalism, music of various languages and countries, sports and games (took part in badminton and squash)
Countries Visited Travelled extensively all over the globe
Other Information Got first division and stood first in the University in M.Sc. (Zoology), 1960; Ph.D. (Cardiac Anatomy), 1962; awarded Junior Fellowship and Senior Fellowship of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (C.S.I.R.) for 5 years; served in the scientists' pool of the Government of India Academic affiliations: Advisor, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Harvard, 1992-96; Vice-President, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute for Asian Studies, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India; Founder Chairperson, Centre for Asian Studies, 1993; Fellow, (i) Academy of Zoology, India and (ii) Zoological Society, London; served as a Professor of Zoology; Member, (i) Indian Science Congress for the last 23 years, (ii) Aligarh Muslim University Court and (iii) Jawaharlal Nehru University Court Parliamentary offices held : International - Vice-Chairperson, Executive Committee, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 1987 (the first woman ever to hold the office); President, (i)Women's Group of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 1990 and (ii) Inter-Parliamentary Council, I.P.U., 16 October 1999- 27 September 2002 (the first woman President of the I.P.U. Council); Founder President, Parliamentarians' Forum for Human Development under the aegis of U.N.D.P. since August 1993; Coordinator, Women Parliamentarians' Group, I.P.U. since 1993; Chairperson, (i) Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, I.P.U. and (ii) Committee on Environment, I.P.U., 1994; Member, (i) Executive Committee, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 1985-88, (ii) Sub-Committee on Staff and Accommodation, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 1987, (iii) Environment Committee, now Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development of the I.P.U., 1990-95, (iv) Standing Committee of the Presiding Officers of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and (v) Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 1995-99 Other important offices held : President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations; Vice-President, Indian Parliamentary Group; Chairperson, (i) Monitoring Committee, Central Wakf Council since 1988, (ii) Steering Committee of Specialised Conference of the I.P.U. on "Towards Partnership between Men and Women in Politics" in New Delhi, 1997; Vice-Chairperson, Standing Committee of the Conferences of Presiding Officers and Secretaries of Legislative Bodies in India; Distinguished Ambassador of Human Development nominated by the U.N.D.P.; Member, (i) National Integration Council, Government of India, (ii) Central Wakf Council, Ministry of Welfare since 1988, (iii) All India Haj Advisory Board, (iv) General Body and Executive Committee of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.) and (v) National Commission on Population Social organisations : Founder, Maulana Azad Multi purpose Higher Secondary School, 1962; Patron, Indo-Turkish Cultural Association; Founder President, Azad Foundation for Research and Development; President, (i) Institute of Directors, the apex voluntary organisation for Total Quality Management and I.S.O.-9000 Series Certification, (ii) Rasaja Foundation, a voluntary organisation for the promotion of the Art of Modern India, (iii) Indo-Arab Society, (iv) Indian Scouts and Guides Fellowship, (v) Indian Council for Social Marketing and (vi) Maharashtra Parent-Teachers' Association; Director, Bandra People's Cooperative Bank; Treasurer, Society of Latin America; Member, (i) Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust, (ii) Board of Trustees, India Islamic Cultural Centre, (iii) Society for Communal Harmony and (iv) Bombay City Social Education Committee Women's issues: Member, (i) National Committee for International Women's Year, 1975, (ii) National Committee for Women, 1989, (iii) Maharashtra State Government Committee for the implementation of the National Plan of Action for Women and (iv) Maharashtra State Government Committee for the Status of Women; President, Indian Housewives Federation since 1985; organised several national level meets for identification and redressal of women's problems and over hundred seminars on the status of women in India Parliamentary and other delegations: As special envoy of the Prime Minister, visited (i) Saudi Arabia, 1989,1990 and 1991, (ii) Iraq, 1990, (iii) Kuwait, 1990, (iv) Jordan, 1990, (v) U.A.E., 1990 and (vi) Fiji (to attend the funeral of President Dr. Timoci Bavadra), 1989; led, (i) Goodwill Delegation to Iraq, 2001, (ii) National Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Kuwait, 2002 to apprise the leadership of these countries about India's viewpoint on international terrorism and (iii) Indian delegation to the Third Summit of the First Ladies of Regional Steering Committee - Asia Pacific region on the Advancement of Rural and Island Women, Islamabad, February, 2004 Inter-Parliamentary Union : Leader of the Delegation to the I.P.U. Conferences held at (i) Nicosia, 1990, (ii) Copenhagen, 1994, (iii) Madrid, 1995 (Women Parliamentarians, Meet), (iv) Istanbul, 1996 and (v) Cairo, 1997; Member of the Delegation to the I.P.U. Conferences held at (i) Punta del Este, 1990, (ii) Santiago, 1991, (iii) Bangkok (Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Economic Cooperation), 1991, (iv) New Delhi, 1993, (v) Paris, 1994, (vi) Bucharest, 1995 and (vii) Beijing, 1996; attended, (i) Special Session of the I.P.U. on the occasion of the U.N. Population Summit, Cairo, 1994, (ii) Special Session of the I.P.U. on the occasion of the U.N. Social Summit, Copenhagen, 1995, (iii) Special Session of the I.P.U. on the occasion of 50 years of the U.N., New York, August, 1995, (iv) Special Session of the I.P.U. on the occasion of Fourth World Women Conference, Beijing, 1995 and (v) The 100th I.P.U. Conference, Moscow, 1998, (vi) IPU-UNAIDS Working Group of Presiding Officers, Geneva, 1999 and (vii) IPU Conference, Brussels, 1999; presided over, (i) CPA Women Parliamentarians' Conference, New Delhi, 1991, (ii) Women Parliamentarians' Conference, I.P.U., New Delhi, 1993, (iii) the Special Session of the I.P.U. on the occasion of the U.N.General Assembly, New York, 1999, (iv) the Meeting of the Asia-Pacific regional group of the I.P.U., Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), 1999, (v) the Joint IPU-UNCTAD X Parliamentarians Meeting, Bangkok, 2000, (vi) the 3rd Prepcom of the Presiding Officers' Conference of the I.P.U., Geneva, 2000, (vii) the I.P.U. Council at the 102nd Conference, Berlin, 2000, (viii) the I.P.U. Council at the 103rd Conference, Amman, 2000, (ix) the I.P.U. Council at the 104th Conference, Jakarta, 2000, (x) the I.P.U. Council at the 105th Conference, Havana, Cuba, 2001, (xi) the Parliamentary Meeting on International Trade convened jointly by the I.P.U. and the W.T.O., Geneva, 2001, (xii) the I.P.U. Council at the 106th Conference, Ouagadougou, 2001 and (xiii) the I.P.U. Council at the 107th Conference, Morocco, 2002; Member, I.P.U.-UNAIDS Working group on drafting of Handbook on AIDS Prevention for Legislatures, "Focal Point" of the I.P.U. for the questions relating to the status of women; Seminar on Gender Budgeting at Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2003 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association: Delegate, Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences held at (i) Saskatchewan (Canada) (Executive Committee Meeting), 1985, (ii) Nicosia (Executive Committee Meeting), 1985, (iii) London (Executive Committee Meeting), 1985, (iv) London (Annual Conference), 1986, (v) Regina, Canada (Plenary Meeting), 1986, (vi) Jersey Island (Executive Committee Meeting), 1986, (vii) Kuala Lumpur (Executive Committee Meetings), 1987, (viii) Port of Spain (Executive Committee Meeting), 1988, (ix) Canberra (Executive Committee Meeting and Annual Conference), 1989, (x) Tasmania (Executive Committee Meeting), 1989, (xi) Harare, 1990 and (xii) New Delhi, 1991; attended, Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers' Conference, Canberra, 2000 United Nations : Member of the Indian delegation to attend (i) the United Nations General Assembly Annual Session, New York, 1996 and (ii) 50th Anniversary of the U.N. , New York, 1995; Delegate (i) General Assembly and Special Political Committee, 1983, (ii) Special Session of the U.N., Geneva, 1988, (iii) General Assembly and First Political Committee, New York, 1989, (iv) General Assembly and Economic Committee, New York, 1992; invitee, (i) Special U.N. invitee from Asia-Pacific Region to attend Nordic Women Parliamentarians Meet on Population, 1994, (ii) U.N.D.P. invitee to the global release of Human Development Report, Tokyo, 1996, and (iii) U.N.D.P. invitee to attend the special conference on "Women in Decision Making" at Columbia University, U.S., 1996; led the Indian delegation to the U.N. Commission on Status of Women, 1997; attended, 1st Prepcom Conference on the U.N. Millennium Conference, Vienna, 1999; presided over, (i) the Conference of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments on the occasion of the Millennium Session of the U.N., New York, 2000 and (iii) tripartite consultations on the occasion of 'Beijing + 5' Special Session of the U.N.G.A., New York, 2000; Chaired, the Parliamentarians' Forum on Children on the occasion of the Special Session of the U.N.G.A. on Children, New York, 2002; Member, Coordination Committee of the Presiding Officers' Conference coinciding with the U.N.G.A. Session for Millennium 2000 Participation in conferences, delegations, etc. in other countries : Presided over the Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the 2nd Global Forum for Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity, The Hague, May, 2001; Led the delegation (i) Fellowship of former Scouts and Guides, Yogyakarta (Indonesia), 1993, (ii) representing the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation to the Seminar on Strategic Environment and Disarmament, Moscow, 1993, (iii) sponsored by Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (M.M.T.C.) to the Jewellery Exhibition, Singapore, 1994 and (iv) to the Specialised Conference on Food Security organized by IPU-FAO, Rome, 1998; Member, Parliamentary Delegation, Sophia, 1993; Delegate to, (i) the Asia-Pacific Conference on Women, Islamabad, 1984, (ii) the Indian National Congress to attend the 27th C.P.S.U. Meeting, Moscow, 1986, (iii) attend the fourth Ruling National Party Conference on behalf of the Indian National Congress, Cairo, 1986, (iv) the inauguration of Science and Technology Exhibition as part of Indian festivals in U.S.S.R., Moscow, 1987, (v) attend the celebration of the 75th year of the establishment of Parliament of Turkey, Ankara, 1995 and (vi) to inaugurate India-Expo (sponsored by Ministry of Commerce and External Affairs), Morocco, 1996; visiting faculty, (i) Harvard University, Boston, 1984,1992 and 1993, (ii) Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington, D.C., 1993, (iii) Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C., 1993, and (iv) Carnegie Foundation, Washington, D.C., 1993; Special invitee, World Women's Forum, Harvard, 1997; attended, (i) Science and Technology Meeting, U.S.A. and Japan, 1985, (ii) Women's Meet, Tashkent, 1989, (iii) the seminar on Contribution of Islam to Civilisation and honoured by President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, as one of the fifteen selected intellectuals of the world, Alexandria, 1993, (iv) Advisory Board Meeting of Centre for Middle-Eastern Studies, University of Harvard, Istanbul, 1994, (v) the first summit meeting of the Council of World Women Leaders, University of Harvard, Istanbul, 1994, (vi) Standing Committee of Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference, Cape Town, 1997, (vii) 18th General Assembly of the Latin American Parliaments, Sao Paolo, 2000, (viii) the Conference of the Senates of World, Paris, 2000, (ix) the Conference of the Speakers of the Euro-Mediterranean countries, Alexandria, 2000, (x) Conference on 'Parliament and the Media: Building an Effective Relationship', New Delhi, 2000 and (xi) 8th General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians Conference on 'Environment and Development', Hyderabad, 2000; visited, (i) Kuala Lumpur, on the invitation of the Speaker of the Senate, 1989, (ii) Ankara, on the invitation of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, 1994, (iii) Beijing, at the invitation of the Speaker of the National People's Congress, 2000, (iv) Palestine National Authority, to address the Joint Session of the PNC and the PLC, 2000, (v) Israel, to address the Special Session of the Knesset, 2000 and (vi) Berlin, Germany as the President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.) for the inauguration of the Asia-Pacific Week, 2003