Career story of a living law legend of India – Kapil Sibal

The Padma Bushan awardee, Kapil sibal is the1st ever Indian MP to visit the research sites in Antarctica.

Career story of a living law legend of India - Kapil Sibal

Are you looking for some motivational career stories of eminent personalities? As a part of inspirational career stories, let’s take you through the career journey of a prominent Indian politician and a living Law legend Kapil Sibal. Read through and gain valuable insights to a successful career.

 Personal life

Kapil Sibal was born on August 8, 1948. His father H L Sibal, was an advocate who received the title of a “Living Legend of the Law” and was also honored with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award. Sibal belongs to a Punjabi family. Prior to the admission in the Harvard University, he married to Naina Sibal in 1973.


Kapil Sibal did his schooling from the St.John’s High School, Chandigarh. In early 1970’s, he completed his graduation in LLB from the Delhi University. Sibal joined the Bar Association in 1970.Thereafter, to set up his own practice and with an aim to take his education forward he enrolled himself at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1977.

Professional life:

After devoting 13 years of his life to qualify as a senior lawyer in 1983, Sibal successfully built his legal career with an appointment as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 1989. As a lawyer and a politician Kapil Sibal held different positions in the Government of India, he went on to become the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1995. However, his political career had a breakthrough when he was elected as the member of the Rajya Sabha. In 2000, a tragedy hit Sibal’s family, when his wife Naina Sibal died. After five years of his wife’s death, Sibal married to social activist Promila Sibal.

 After serving as the Secretary of Congress Parliamentary party for two consecutive years, Sibal was appointed as the Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Stock Market Scam in April 2001. In the same year, he also held the office of the Member of Business Advisory Committee.  Furthermore, Kapil  Sibal was made the Member of Committee on Home Affairs. Several significant strides that the UPA government took in the field of IT & Communications and HRD are attributed to Kapil Sibal’s visionary leadership. He became the Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences in 2004.

Sibal was honored with the ‘Padma Bhushan Award’ for his distinguished services in the field of public affairs. He is also the first-ever Indian MP to visit the research sites in Antarctica and motivate the scientists.

The establishment of National Tsunami Early Warning System at Hyderabad, which has the capability to detect earthquakes of magnitude greater than f 6 Richter Scale in less than 20 minutes of occurrence, is assigned to Sibal’s futuristic planning. Politician Kapil Sibal conducted the Indian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bali, in December 2007. He has also shouldered the setting up of India’s own research station HIMADRI in July 2008, making India the 11th country to have established a full-fledged research station in the Arctic zone.

In 2009, Kapil Sibal seated into the Honorary Senate of the Foundation, Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings for his contribution in the field of science and technology. Later in the same year, Sibal was appointed as the Minister of Human Resource Development and chaired this position till October 28, 2012. Sibal’s mettle as a politician was tested during the UPA regime when he was given the charge of various ministries including the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Human Resource Development. His remarkable contribution in the field of education is the introduction of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system in India for Class 9th and 10th and some significant changes in the IIT JEE pattern. The New York-based Institute of International Education conferred the prestigious ‘Stephen P Duggan Award for mutual understanding’ upon Sibal for his support towards ‘fostering global collaboration in education’ in 2010.

Further, in 2011, Sibal took over the Communications and Information Technology Ministry and laid the foundation stone of IIT Patna. He also approved the conception of an Indian Institute of Technology in Muddenahalli. Sibal was illustrious as an effective orator and, in addition to his accomplishments as an administrator, he developed a reputation as a troubleshooter for the government. In 2012, he led the UPA government’s talks with the civil society groups to create consensus on India’s first anticorruption bill.

Additionally, in May 2013, he took the charge of the Ministry of Law & Justice. Kapil Sibal was also the Member of Parliament from the Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi from 2004 to 2014. However, in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, he lost the seat to Dr. Harsh Vardhan of BJP.

Sibal as an author:

Sibal has authored many poems. His anthology or collection of poems titled “I Witness: Partial Observation” was published in the New Delhi in August 2008. Another volume of poetry authored by him was “My world within” which was published in 2012. In addition to this, Sibal has also written numerous newspaper and journal articles in national dailies and periodicals on various prominent issues such as security, nuclear, proliferation, terrorism etc.

We hope, this career story teaches you all aspects of being a lawyer from being patient and developing logical argumentative abilities to hard work and dedication to excel in all spheres to become a distinguished personality.