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Father's Name 

Late Brig. (Retd.) M.K. Sheriff     

Mother's Name

Late (Dr.) Shrimati Shanti Sheriff

Date of Birth

17 August 1953

Place of Birth

Ranchi (Jharkhand)

Marital Status


Spouse's Name

Shrimati Ayesha Sheriff

Educational Qualifications

B.A.(Honours) and M.A. (History) from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi; LL.B from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi; Pre-doctoral programme at Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Graduate of Ecole Nationale d' Administration (National School of Administration) ENA, France; Diploma in French Language

Present Address

Office: Room No. 29, Parliament House,
New Delhi - 110 001
Tel.: 23017355, 23034695
Fax: 23792940 
Residence: 8, Lodhi Estate,
New Delhi - 110003

Positions Held


Oct. 2012 onwards

Secretary General, Rajya Sabha, Parliament of India

2007 to Sept. 2012

Secretary to the Vice- President of India
(Secretary to Government of India from February, 2011)


Principal Secretary (Home), Government of NCT of Delhi (Additional charge Principal Secretary, Labour Department)


Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, India


Senior Adviser to Executive Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines


Joint Secretary to the President of India (Held charge of Secretary to President from August 2000 to July 2002)


Secretary to the Vice- President of India


Director, EEC Division, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India


Special Secretary & Director of Transport, (Additional charge of Tourism Department & Delhi Energy Development Agency), Delhi Administration


Administrator, Agriculture Marketing Committee, Azadpur, Delhi Administration


Ecole Nationale d' Administration (ENA), Paris


Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Districts of Tawang, Dibang Valley and Lower Subansiri (Arunachal Pradesh)


Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Delhi


Assistant Collector, Thane District, Maharashtra


Joined the Indian Administrative Service (AGMUT Cadre)


Lecturer, Department of History, Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi

Languages Known

Hindi, English and French

Social and Cultural Activities, Literary, Artistic and Scientific  Accomplishments and other Special  Interests

Interests include public administration and parliamentary studies, international relations and strategic studies; environmental and developmental studies; special interests include heritage conservation, art and sculpture

Pastimes and Recreation

Member, (i) India International Centre, (ii) India Habitat Centre, (iii) Delhi Gymkhana Club, and (iv) Delhi Golf Club; Secretary, Rifle Club, St. Stephen's College, Delhi; Participated in University tournaments for rifle shooting and is fond of equestrian sports apart from swimming, golf and mountain trekking

Countries Visited

Visited more than 40 countries

Other Information

Member, Task Force for Mass Rapid Transit System (Metro) for Delhi; President of Students' Union, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva; National Cadet Corps (Best Cadet Junior Air Wing); participated in special programmes at All India Management Association, New Delhi; Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata; Institute of Public Enterprises, Hyderabad; Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi; The Energy Research Institute, New Delhi; Human Settlement Management Institute, New Delhi; International Management Group, Washington D.C., U.S.A. and Executive Development Programme John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, U.S.A