Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari

Daggubati Purandeswari (born 22 April 1959) is an Indian politician from the state of Andhra Pradesh. The daughter of N.T. Rama Rao, actor and founder of the Telugu Desam political party, she is a member of the Indian National Congress. She represents the Visakhapatnamconstituency of Andhra Pradesh in 15th Lok Sabha of India.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Warm welcome

New responsibilities: Daggubati Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for HRD, and Pasupuleti Balaraju, Tribal Welfare Minister, being felicitated by Visakha MLA Tainala Vijayakumar and former City Congress president Y. Mariadas at Congress party office in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Riding the wave!

All smiles: Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha Congress candidate Daggubati Purandeswari in an upbeat mood after winning the election at a counting centre in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. —

Rs. 2.75 lakh cr. allocation for education sector: Purandeswari

Centre to set up more IITs, NITs and Central universities

New institutes to come up in backward areas

370 backward areas identified across country

— Photo: M. Murali

Academic issues: Union Minister of State for HRD Daggubati Purandeswari addressing a press conference in Warangal on Thursday.

WARANGAL: Union Minister of State for HRD D. Purandeswari said the Central government made available Rs. 2.75 lakh crore for the education sector which is 10 times more than the previous year budget.

She said the education sector got 19 per cent of the total budget, of which Rs. 85,000 crore was meant for higher education.

The Central government has decided to set up more IITs, NITs, Central universities apart from focusing on secondary education. The new institutes would come up in backward areas in a phased manner. “A total of 370 backward areas have been identified across the country and preference will be given to those areas in setting up new institutes of higher learning,” she said.

Stone laid

Ms. Purandeswari refused to be dragged into controversy and avoided questions on political issues. Earlier in the day, she laid foundation stone for the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Kadipikonda near Kazipet and took part in a series of functions held at National Institute of Technology (NIT).

The Minister, later in the evening visited Kakatiya University where she laid foundation for construction of a building for the five-year integrated M.Sc chemistry course and a pharmacy boys hostel.

Addressing the gathering, she said that accessibility, equality and quality in education are the priorities of the government and it has a target of 15 per cent gross enrolment rate in higher education by 2012.

The government is committed to enhance the share of education in the GDP. She promised to extend all possible help to the university.

She released the mini diary of Administrative Officers Association of the university. Vice-Chancellor N. Lingamurthy, Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah, ZP Chairman L. Dhanvanti, Mayor E. Swarna and others were present.

Railway zone top on agenda: Purandeswari

‘Pollution is another problem which has to be addressed with utmost priority’

World-class varsity likely to be set up in the city

HSL merger only a matter of formality, she says

Photo: K.R. Deepak

Daggubati Purandeswari. —

VISAKHAPATNAM: Setting up separate railway zone for Visakhapatnam is on top of the agenda of newly elected MP from Visakhapatnam and Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development D. Purandeswari.

In an exclusive chat with The Hindu before flying for New Delhi, she said on Sunday that she would stand by the promises she made to the voters during the elections. After consulting all, she would finalise an action plan for overall development of the constituency to fulfil the aspirations of the people.

Admitting that gross injustice was done with regard to carving out of separate railway zone for Visakhapatnam, she said she could get fair knowledge of the needs and aspirations of the parliamentary constituency during her campaigning.

“Railway zone is an administrative decision which I am sure will be done soon. Pollution is another problem which has to be addressed with utmost priority,” she stated. The Minister, who trounced her nearest Praja Rajyam candidate Palla Srinivasa Rao by a margin of 66,686 votes, said the promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his last visit to the city on establishment of IIM might not be considered due to the decision not to set up IIM in States where IIT was being located. However, Andhra University Engineering College would be upgraded to an IIT by consulting all the stakeholders.

Ms. Purandeswari said a world-class university was likely to be set up in the city. The Planning Commission was seized of the matter. “I would see to it that it would not go out of Visakhapatnam,” she declared.

On the revival of Hindustan Shipyard Limited, she said she had already spoken to the Defence Minister and the UPA Government would fulfil the promise to bring it (HSL) under the administrative control of Ministry of Defence. It was only a matter of formality, she added.

Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari - Wikipedia Profile.

Daggubati Purandeswari (born 22 April 1959) is an Indian politician from the state of Andhra Pradesh. The daughter of N.T. Rama Rao, actor and founder of the Telugu Desam political party, she is a member of the Indian National Congress. She represents the Visakhapatnamconstituency of Andhra Pradesh in 15th Lok Sabha of India. She had previously represented theBapatla constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha, during which period, she served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

She did Bachelor of Arts from South Indian Educational Trust and Women College (Chennai), followed by a short course in gemmology at the Gemmological Institute of India

As a Politician she could get appreciation from eminent politicians of India

'I'm proud of her. She is an asset to my Cabinet...

--- Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister

Parliament has found a good orator...

--- Mr. Somnath Chattarjee, Speaker of Lok Sabha

She's the Minister of State, yet I depend on her ...

--- Dr. Arjun Singh, Union Minister for HRD'


She is the wife of politician Daggubati Venkateswara Rao.Daggubati Venkateswara Rao her husband is a Ex-Minister, Ex-Member of Cabinet and Current Member of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly repesenting Parchoor contituency in Prakasham District.He won the 2009 General Election by getting 73,691 votes and a majority of 2,776 votes.


  1. ^ ‘Hinduism to me is a way of life’ Indian Express- January 11, 2009

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Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari - Fifteenth Loksabha.

Smt. Daggubati

Constituency :Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh )
Party Name :Indian National Congress(INC)
Father's NameShri N.T. Rama Rao
Mother's NameSmt. N. Basava Rama Tarkam
Date of Birth22.04.1959
Place of BirthChennai (Tamilnadu)
Marital StatusMarried
Date of Marriage09 May 1979
Spouse's NameShri D. Venkateswar Rao
No. of Sons1
No.of Daughters1
Educational QualificationsB.A. (Literature) and Graduate in Gemology
Educated at South Indian Educational Trust and
Women College (Chennai) and Gemological Institute of India
professionSocial Worker

Permanent Address
House No. 65, Road No. 13,
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034
Tel. (040) 23398204
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034
Present Address
B-201, M.S.Flats, B.K.S. Marg,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tels. (011) 23312810, 23766467 (R), 23381567, 23384073 (O)
Fax: (011) 23312810, 23766467 (R), 23387771 (O)
Position Held
2004Elected to 14th Lok Sabha
Member, Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
Member, Personnel, Public Grievances, Law & Justice
2009Re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha (2nd term)
Union Minister of State, Human Resource Development

An Interesting Interactive Session with Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari in Milpitas, California.

An Interesting Interactive Session with Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari in Milpitas, California.

An Interesting Interactive Session with Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari in Milpitas, California.

Mr. Jayaram Komati (Executive Vice-President of Telugu Association of North America – TANA) hosted an interactive question and answer session with Smt. Daggubati Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, held at Swagat Indian Cuisine, Milpitas, California, on June 19, 2008. Within a short notice from Jayaram, several community leaders and members have gathered to welcome Smt. Purandareshwari. The venue was filled-up in no time in spite of it was being a working day, and there was a great excitement to meet and interact with Smt. Purandeswari. Also, Andhra Pradesh Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Dev & Fisheries Sri Buddha Prasad, Ex-Member of Parliament Sri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad attended the gathering. To kick-off the meeting, Jayaram welcomed Smt. Purandeswari, Sri Buddha Prasad, and Sri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad onto the stage. Speaking at this occasion, Jayaram thanked the guests for taking time and interest in meeting with the NRI in the Bay Area, and offering an opportunity to interact. Jayaram set the tone for the evening suggesting the attendees that the gathering has an intellectual feel and requested the audience to stay away from general political topics, and rather focus on discussing the progress, issues and future of Andhra Pradesh and India. The attendees took this great opportunity to ask several multi-disciplinarily questions related to education, research, growth, job market, and environment. Smt. Purandeswari as well as other guests Sri Buddha Prasad and Sri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad were very patient and understanding in answering the eagerly waiting audience. It was a very productive evening for both the guests and the attendees in which a great deal of information was exchanged in an informal atmosphere. With different question poring in from the audience, the evening went past the scheduled time, but both the guests and audience have enthusiastically stayed till the end of the meeting in the late night.

At this occasion, President of Federation of Indian Americans (Northern California) and the prominent cardiologist of Bay Area, Dr. Jopra, welcomed the guests on behalf of Indian-Americans and invited the guests to be part of Festival of India, Fremont on August 16th and 17th. Sri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad speaking on the occasion in Hindi said that his love for the Indian National Language was inculcated in him from his childhood by his parents and grandparents. He praised NRIs for their efforts in preserving Telugu language and culture here in USA. Sri Buddha Prasad garu said that NRIs efforts to teach their kids Telugu language and culture are commendable. He praised organizations like TANA and American Telugu Association (ATA) for organizing programs in Andhra Pradesh every year to support folk arts and to fight for recognition of Telugu language as an ancient language. He talked about the achievements of government of AP in the agricultural field.

Smt. Purandeswari addressing the gathering of NRIs from across India said that they should be proud of the accomplishments that they have made in various fields. She thanked the members of Indian community of San Francisco Bay Area for their warm welcome. She talked about the efforts by the Indian Government in increasing the educational opportunities by establishing more Central Universities across India and increasing the number of premier institutes like IITs and IIMs. Smt. Purandeswari talked about the work being done by her ministry in increasing the literacy rate across India. Smt. Purandeswari has urged the NRI community to elevate educational standards in India by arranging tie-ups from reputed Universities in USA with the Universities India. She said that India is recognized as the emerging super power and the fastest growing developed country by the world, and it has almost 25% of youth population available for utilization. She also said that the gross enrollment in Higher education is 60% in USA, 40% in Europe, 20% in China, and only 10% in India and the Govt of India along with State Governments is trying hard to increase this 10% to 15% or 20% by 2012. The attendees were very impressed with her grasp on the state of education in India by effortlessly reeling out statistics.

Speaking to the Telugu people at the gathering, Smt Purandeswari thanked the Bay Area Telugu people for the love showered on her today and to her brother and a popular Telugu movie actor, Sri Balakrishna, a few days ago. Smt Purandeswari recalled the greatness of Sri N.T.Rama Rao and said that his achievements have created a permanent place for Sri NTR and his family in the hearts of Telugu people across the world.

Smt. Vijaya Aasuri, Advisor of Bay Area Telugu Association, thanked the guests for their enlightening speeches and providing an opportunity for a question and answer session. Responding to questions on education of women, Smt Purandeswari said that efforts are being made to encourage and provide scholarships to ensure women continue higher education. Responding to a question on the need of Research in India, she said that their Ministry under the leadership of Sri Manmohan Singh has recognized the need of increased research in India to take India to the next step of growth. She requested the Private institutions in India to partner with research facilities and provide incentive for research in India, as the pay packages being offered by the private institutions are motivating college grads to take up jobs rather than research.

TANA President Elect Sri Jayaram Komati, TANA trustee Sri Satish Chilukuri along with TANA foundation members Sri Nalamala Rao, TANA Regional VP (west) Sri Veeru Vuppala felicitated Smt. Purandeswari, Sri Buddha Prasad and Sri Lakshmi Prasad. Bay Area Telugu Association President Mr. Ravi Thiruveedula along with Prasad Mangina, Srilu Veligeti, Srinivas Kolli, Srini Mangipudi, Vijaya Aasuri, Sirisha Battula, Ramesh Konda, Kamesh Malla, Venkat Malladi, Karun Veligeti, Ramesh Mandalapu, and Yugandhar Reddy felicitated the guests by presenting commendation plaques. Dr. Romesh Jopra, Mr. Yogi Chugh and Mr Rajesh Verma felicitated Smt Purandeswari on behalf of the Indian community of San Francisco.


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