Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal is a Senior Advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India. He is a former Union Minister and senior Congress leader. Mr Sibal joined the Bar Association in 1972. In 1973, he qualified for the Indian Administrative Services and was offered an appointment. However, he declined the offer and decided to set up his own law practice. Thereafter, he attended the Harvard Law School where he enrolled for a LLM which he completed in 1977. He was designated as Senior Lawyer in 1983. In 1989, he was appointed Additional Solicitor General of India. In 1994, he was the only lawyer to appear in Parliament, and successfully defended a Supreme Court Judge during impeachment proceedings. As Union Minister for Human Resources Development (HRD), he formulated the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system in India for Classes IX and X with the aim of preventing stress among students. He initiated changes in the IIT JEE pattern, and laid the foundation stone for IIT Patna.

Over the years, Mr Sibal has held several important positions in Government and society such as: Additional Solicitor General of India (December 1989-1990); Member, Board of Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University (1993); President, Supreme Court Bar Association (1995–96, 1997–98 and 2001–2002); Member, Rajya Sabha (July 1998); Member, Executive Council, Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (July 2001); Member, Business Advisory Committee (August 2001); Member, Committee on Home Affairs (January 2002); Co-chairman, Indo-US Parliamentary Forum (2002); Member, Board of International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (2002); Member, Program Board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Indian AIDS initiative (2003); and Member, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention set up by the Human Rights Commission, Geneva.

Mr Sibal has authored various books and contributed several articles on prominent issues such as security, nuclear proliferation and terrorism in national dailies and periodicals. He did his schooling from St John's High School in Delhi. Later, he joined St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and earned his LLB degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Later, he did a MA in History.

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