Profile of His Excellency Hon’ble Shri Ram Naik, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow
Born on 16th April 1934, at Sangli in Maharashtra, Shri Ram Naik had his early school education at Atpadi in Sangli District and secured B.Com. Degree in 1954 from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune and LL.B. Degree in 1958 from Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai.
He started his career in the Accountant General’s Office, Mumbai as an Upper Division Clerk. In due course he rose to higher posts and also worked as a Company Secretary and Management Consultant till 1969. He has been a R.S.S. Swayamsevak since his childhood.
Shri Naik has been personally pleading for rehabilitation of the project affected persons of Tarapur Atomic Power Project III and IV in Mumbai High Court since 2004. The long awaited justice is on its way. Shri Naik has also written a book ‘Saga of Struggle’ which narrates the case. The book is translated version of his original Marathi book ‘Gatha Sangharshachi’. With Shri Naik’s initiative, a petition was submitted to the Rajya Sabha on 5th December 2007 for empowerment and rehabilitation of the leprosy affected families. The Committee on Petitions has submitted their report to the Rajya Sabha on 24th October 2008. He is also the President of the International Leprosy Union, Pune since 23rd November 2012. The NGO was founded in 1987 by the renowned sociologist Dr. S. D. Gokhale.
Shri Naik, a winner of eight elections, has also won over the serious disease of Cancer in 1994. He has devoted full time for the Party and also the social work stating that by defeating the Cancer, he got the ‘bonus’ of his life and that he would utilize it in the Service of the Nation. Shri Naik is a unique personality, known for his awareness and his eye for the details. He is respected for his honesty, wide networking and public contacts and also for his remarkable competence. After being designated as a Governor, Shri Naik has resigned from the membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party and all its posts on 15th July 2014.
Shri Ram Naik having been designated as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh by Hon’ble President of India on 14th July 2014 took the oath of Office on 22nd July, 2014 at Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. He was the Cabinet Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas in the Government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 13th October 1999 to 13th May 2004. After creation of a separate Ministry for Petroleum & Natural Gas in 1963, he has a rare distinction to be the only Petroleum Minister to head the ministry for full five years. In earlier Cabinet, he was the minister of State for Railways (Independent Charge), Home Affairs, Planning & Programme Implementation and Parliamentary Affairs (from 13th March 1998 to 13th October 1999), a record number of Ministries indeed at one time! He was a member of BJP National Executive Committee and also the National Convener of ‘Good Governance Cell’ especially constituted to enhance efficiency and performance of Ministers in BJP ruled states. Shri Naik decided that he would not contest 2014 Lok Sabha election and would continue to work for BJP sharing his political experience. The decision was announced in a press conference held on 25th September 2013, the birth anniversary day of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay who led Bharatiya Jana Sangh by his characteristic simplicity and expounded the theory of Integral Humanism. In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP candidate Shri Gopal Shetty nominated from his North Mumbai constituency secured highest votes 6, 64,004 and also the highest margin of 4, 46,582 in Maharashtra. Shri Naik was his Election – in – charge.