MM Pallam Raju has been elevated and assigned the Human Resource Development ministry.
Raju, who has been minister of state for defence since 2006, has been elevated to cabinet rank. He will take over from Kapil Sibal.
Raju, a three-time MP from coastal Andhra, has made a mark for himself in New Delhi since 2006. The 52-year-old suave and soft-spoken Raju represents Kakinada.
Born in the coastal East Godavari district, the son of former union minister M.S. Sanjeevi Rao did his schooling in Hyderabad and engineering in electronics and communications from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. He obtained his MBA from Temple University, Philaladelphia.
First elected to Lok Sabha in 1989, Raju was the youngest MP in ninth Lok Sabha.
The leader from Kapu community was re-elected to Lok Sabha in 2004 and inducted minister of state for defence in January 2006. Re-elected to Lok Sabha in 2009, he continued in the same portfolio in UPA-II.
Image: Pallam Raju is sworn-in as a Union Minister by President Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.