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Dr. Najma Heptulla
Chief Guest

Dr. Najma Heptulla (born 13 April 1940) is an Indian politician, and is the Minister of Minority Affairs in the Government of India. She is a former vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and a five time member of the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian parliament, between 1986 and 2012, and Deputy Chairperson, Rajya Sabha for sixteen years. She was a member representing Rajasthan from July 2004 to July 2010. She was nominated by the BJP for the Rajya Sabha in 2012 from Madhya Pradesh, and assumed her office on 24 April 2012.

Dr. Najma Heptulla had an outstanding academic career. She received her doctorate in Cardiac Anatomy at the young age of 22. By training she is a scientist and has taught at the university level. She also worked in the scientist's pool of the CSIR, Government of India.

Radha Bhatia
Dr. Najma Heptulla
Minister of Minority Affairs