Dharmendra Pradhan has been chosen as the new Education Minister of India. He replaces Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who resigned on Wednesday, ahead of the cabinet reshuffle. The 52-year-old BJP leader from Odisha will take charge as the Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, as both the ministries have been clubbed together.
Prior to the cabinet expansion, Pradhan served as the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel for two and a half years. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has now taken over the Ministry of Petroleum along with Urban Development.