September 03, 2001



   Born on January 31, 1926 at Karnal (Haryana), Shri Vedprakash P. Goyal, who represents Maharashtra in the Rajya Sabha, was sworn in as the New Cabinet Minister for Shipping on September 1, 2001. An industrialist by profession, Shri Goyal has settled in Maharashtra. His wife, Smt. Chandrakanta Goyal is a Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra for the third time. Shri Goyal is B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), from Banaras Hindu University. He has four children, two sons and two daughters.

    Shri Goyal has held several positions in his public life with distinction. From March 2000 onwards he has been Chairman, House Committee, Rajya Sabha, September 2000 onwards, Chairman, Committee to discuss amendments to the Banaras Hindu University Act, 1915, 1990 onwards, All India Treasurer, BJP, 1998 onwards, Convenor-Overseas Friends of BJP, 1999-2000 Member, Standing Committee on Energy, 1999-2000 Convenor Sub-Committee on Non-Conventional Energy Sources of Standing Committee on Energy, 1999-2000, Member-Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Communications, 1999-2000, Member-General Purposes Committee of Rajya Sabha, Member, Select Committee on Prevention of Money Laundering Bill, 1999, Member, Joint Committee on Central Vigilance Commission Bill, 1999, 1999-2000 Member, Regional Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, 1999-2000 Member, Hindi Advisory Committee of Ministry of External Affairs, 1994-96 President BJP Mumbai, April 1996 Elected to Rajya Sabha, 1996-97 and 1997-98 Member, Standing Committee on Energy, 1997-98 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Industry, 1998-99 Member, Standing Committee on Transport and Tourism.

Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments and other Special Interests:

    Founder Editor, Nirbhay Pathik, Hindi Daily, Mumbai, 1984; was awarded "Distinguished Alumnus Award" by Banaras Hindu University, 1997-98; promoted young entrepreneurs projects in Science and Engineering models through Akhil Bharatiya Vidarthi Parishad; women empowerment, slums development and upliftment of Adivasis through an NGO "Van-Bandhu"; Community service through projects like public convenience, community halls, gymnasium, beautification of public places, support to charitable medical institutions.

Sports, Clubs, Favourite Pastimes and Recreation :

    President B.H.U. Alumni Association, Mumbai 1998-93 and Pt. Madan Mohan Malvia Smarak Samiti; Charter President, Lions Club Kaliwada, Mumbai, 1976; Member, Adarsh Ramlila Samiti and Agroha Vikas Parishad Central Committee, Bharat Vikas Parishad, Hindustan Parakashan Sansthan, Mumbai and Bharatiya Jan Kalyan Society Mumbai; Trustee of Mg. Committee and Lok Kalyan Nyas, Delhi; President, Dr. Mookerjee Samriti Nyas, Delhi; Founder Member, Parliamentarians for Friendship with Taiwan; Associated with National Advisory Committee of the World Association for Small and Medium Enterprises; Reading contemporary global literature on Business Management, political and sociological subject, history, fiction, sight-seeing, film and TV serials.

Countries Visited :

    For study of plant engineering practices, capital equipment sourcing and technical collaborations, U.K., West Europe, Japan, Scandinavian Countries, USSR, East European countries and Mexico; for exploring prospects of setting up engineering units in Malayasia, Egypt, Algeria and British Guyana; for setting up "Oversea friends of BJP, in USA for involving NRIs in home country’s social service projects, public issues and investments; as tourist in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, Caribbean Countries, Austria and Belarus.

Other Information :

    Technocrat with concentration in design, development manufacture and import substitution of capital equipment, now in steel forging of automobile and petrochemical industries; Chairman, ( i ) Pradeep Metals Ltd., - Mumbai since 1982, (ii) Janakalyan Sahakari-Bank Ltd., Mumbai (scheduled bank, ranks among the top 20 urban cooperative banks in India) since 1993 (iii) Maharashtra State Financial Corporation 1995-96; associated with Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Janata Party, Bharatiya Janata Party (since schooldays); full time RSS worker after engineering education 1947-49; academic affiliation: ( i ) Fellow, Institution of Engineers (India), (ii) Udyog Bharati, Non-Government Organistion of Professional Experts, (iii) Patron, Maharaja Agrasen College, Delhi University.