KISKU, PROF. A. K. M.A., B.T., (Calcutta), M.A., (California) (Cong.) West Bengal-Jhargram - (Res. Sch. Tribes)—1971, Son of late Shri Jagat Chandra Kisku; b. at Bhimpore, Distt. Midnapore, West Bengal; October 14, 1923; ed. at Bhimpore Santal High School, Bankura Christian College, Union Christian Training College, Berhampore, Distt. Murshidabad, West Bengal, Calcutta University, University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A.; m. Smt. Kolika Kisku, 1954; 1 d; Teacher and Agriculturist; associated with Bangla Congress for short time; Student leader in "Quit India Movement" at Bankura College; Principal, Bhimpore Santal High School and Union Christian Training College, Berhampore, Murshidabad, West Bengal; held various offices in the National and Provincial Christian Councils of Education and Chruch Bodies as President and Secretary; Assistant District Commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides Murshidabad, West Bengal; Member, Board of Trustees, 'Alok Sarani' and All India Board of Christian Higher Education; President, Santali Literary and Cultural Society, Calcutta; Patron (i) "Sido Kanku Baisee" Santal Parganas, Bihar and (ii) Adivasi Council of Assam; associated as President, Secretary and Member of a large number of schools and colleges in West Bengal; Member, A.I.C.C, Executive Member, W.B.C.C.; Cabinet Minister of Education, Social Welfare and Tribal Welfare, Government of West Bengal, 1967-68; Member, Fourth Lok Sabha, 1967-70; Union Deputy Minister of Education, Government of India, 1970-71; at present Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health and Family Planning.
Social activities.—Specially amongst the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and other Backward communities in West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, and Assam, mainly among the Agriculturists and labour in coal-mining and tea garden labour.
Hobbies.—Photography, gardening, poultry, reading, travelling and writing articles.
Favourite pastime and recreation.—Hunting and fishing.
Special interests.—Sociology and psychology.
Publications.—Articles published in various journals in Bengali and English.
Sports and Clubs.—Member, Murshidabad, Distt. Sports Association and various Sports Associations and Clubs; interested in football, volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, hockey and swimming.
Travels abroad.—U.S.A., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Egypt.
Permanent address.—(1) Vill. & P.O. Bhimpore, Distt. Midnapore, West Bengal
(2) Police Line Road, Midnapore, West Bengal.