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Ram Shankar Katheria (born 21 September 1964), is a Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and member of the 16th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Agra constituency of Uttar Pradesh and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party political party.[2] He was a Minister of State in the Human Resource Development Ministry till 6 July 2016.[3]

Prof (Dr)
Ram Shankar Katheria
Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes
Assumed office
31 May 2017 [1]
Minister of State for Human Resource Development
In office
26 May 2016 – 5 July 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Shashi Tharoor
Succeeded by Mahendra Nath Pandey
Member of the India Parliament
for Agra
Assumed office
16 May 2009
Preceded by Raj Babbar
Constituency Agra
Personal details
Born (1964-09-21) 21 September 1964 (age 53)[2]
Nagariyasarawha, Etawah, (Uttar Pradesh)[2]
Citizenship  India
Nationality  India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[2]
Spouse(s) Dr Mridula Katheriya[2]
Children 2 sons & 1 daughters[2]
Residence Agra & New Delhi[2]
Alma mater Kanpur University[2]
Profession Professor,[2] Politician
Committees Member of four committees[2]



Shankar was born in Nagariyasarawha, Etawah (Uttar Pradesh) on 21 September 1964 to Sone Lal and Shanti Devi.[4][5] He spent his early years at the local Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) unit, which also facilitated his education. He holds PhD from Kanpur University.[6] He worked as a pracharak of the RSS in Agra for 13 years.[7]

Before joining politics, he was a Professor of Hindi at the Agra University where he has taught Dalit Chetna (Dalit upliftment) and wrote several books on the subject.[2][7]

Katheria is married to Mridula Katheria and has two sons and one daughter.[8] Now he is working as a chairperson of national SC Commission.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Katheria was appointed as a National General-Secretary of the BJP in August 2014 and, in October, he was made in charge of the Chhattisgarh and Punjab states.[7] However, in his November cabinet expansion, Narendra Modi inducted Katheria as a Minister of State in the Human Resource Development Ministry,[3] where he served till 6 July 2016.[9]

# From To Position
01 2009 2014 Member, 15th Lok Sabha
02 2009 2014 Member, Committee on Urban Development
03 2009 2014 Member, Committee on Papers Laid on the Table
04 2009 2014 Member, Committee on Petitions
05 2009 2014 Member, Consultative Committee on Rural Development
06 2017 till date Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes


Katheria has been charged with forging two of his degree mark-sheets (for BA and MA) allegedly to secure a job at the Agra University. The case is being heard in a court. Katheria has also listed 20 other pending cases against him in his election affidavit.[10]


Katheria has written four books.[6]

See alsoEdit