SIDDHESHWAR PRASAD, PROF., M.A., (Cong.) Bihar-Nalanda—1971, Son of late Shri Bhikhari Mahton; b. at Bind, Patna, January 19, 1929; ed. at Patna University, Patna; m. Shrimati Rajkumari Devi, June 23, 1947; 4 s. and 2 d.; Professor, Nalanda College, Bihar Sharif, 1953—61; associated with student movement during pre-Independence days; Member, Indian National Congress since 1944; lived in Sevagram Ashram in 1945—1946; Founder President, Bind Khadi Kendrit Rachnatmak Sahyog Samiti Ltd.; Member, (i) Kashi Nagari Pracharini Sabha, Varanasi, (ii) Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Delhi, (ii) Court of the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, 1962—65, (iv) Posts and Telegraphs Advisory Committee, Bihar, 1962—65, (v) Sansad-Vishwabharti, 1966; (vi) Informal Consultative Committees on Home Affairs, Education, Planning and Finance, 1962 —66 (vii) Sapru Committee on Higher Education, 1964—65, (viii) Central Wage Boards for Working Journalists and Non-Journalists, (ix) Hindi Committee of A.I.R. 1964; (x) Scientific and Cultural Delegation to U.K., 1965, (xi) Hindi Advisory Committee, Ministry of Law, Government of India, 1967, (xii) Banaras Hindu University Court, 1967, and (xiii) Tourist Council of India, 1967; was Member, Select Committee on Companies Bill; Convener, (i) Hindi Salahkar Samiti, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, 1967, (ii) Akhil Bharatiya Lok Shikshan Parishad and (iii) Standing Committee on Education, Congress Parliamentary Party; Member, Third Lok Sabha, 1962—67 and Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967—70; Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Power, November, 1967 to May, 1971; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Industrial Development, from May, 1971; Chairman, (i) Committee of Ministers for Drinking Water supply, (ii) Committee on procurement of construction equipment for Power Projects, (iii) Committee of M.P.'s on Rural Electrification and (iv) Ministers' Committee on Flood Control.
Favourite pastime and recreation.—Reading, writing and walking.
Special interests.—Literature, art and social sciences.
Books published.—(i) 'Chhayavadotar Kavya'; (2) Satyagraha aur Vigyan; (3) Sahitya Ka Mulyankan; (4) Towards A Perfect Society (in Press); more than 100 articles published in various English and Hindi Newspapers, magazines and journals.
Travels abroad.—Italy, Lebanon, U.K.
Permanent address.—Chaukhani, P.O. Bihar-Sharif, Distt. Patna.