Shashi Tharoor on Friday took charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi and said education is crucial in a country like India which has the world's largest youth population.
Interacting with the press after assuming office, he said education and opportunities emerging from it could persuade the youth to desist from going the way of Naxalites, Maoists and others.
He said the quality of education is also a priority area for him.
Tharoor was first elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and was the Minister of State, External Affairs between 2009 and 2010.
After flexing his muscle over economic reforms, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Oct 28 built a new cabinet retaining his core group but combining youth with experience to lead the scam-tainted United Progressive Alliance (UPA) with some fresh energy for the 2014 general elections.
The major reshuffle was effected with the swearing in of 22 new ministers, including many among the existing ministers who were either promoted to cabinet ranks or given independent charge.
Tharoor is one of the Congress MPs who made a comeback to the ministry.