Born on 1st April, 1937, at Calcutta, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, obtained a Masters Degree in Political Science from Aligarh Muslim University. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1961. In a career span of over three and a half decades, he served as Ambassador of India to UAE, Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as High Commissioner to Australia and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1984.
Shri Ansari has written on various aspects of foreign policy, especially West Asia. In 2004 he edited a book titled "Iran Today: Twenty Five Years After the Islamic Revolution". He has written several academic and newspaper articles on issues of foreign policy. Another book, "Travelling through conflict: Essays on the politics of West Asia" was published in 2008.
Shri Ansari has served as Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University during 2000-2002. He has been Visiting Professor, Centre for West Asian and African Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and at the Academy for Third World Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.
Shri Ansari has been Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Oil Diplomacy and Co-Chairman of the India-U.K. Round Table. He was also the Chairman of the Working Group on 'Confidence building Measures across segments of society in the State' established by the second Round Table Conference of the Prime Minister on Jammu & Kashmir.
Before his election as the Vice-President of India on 10 August 2007, Shri Ansari has been Chairman of the Fifth Statutory National Commission for Minorities during the period March, 2006 to July, 2007.
He has been re-elected as Vice President of India and ex-officio Chairman, Rajya Sabha on 11th August, 2012.
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