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Khurshed Alam Khan
12th Governor of Karnataka
In office
6 January 1992 – 2 December 1999
Chief MinisterSarekoppa Bangarappa
Veerappa Moily
H. D. Deve Gowda
J. H. Patel
S. M. Krishna
Preceded byBhanu Pratap Singh
Succeeded byV.S. Ramadevi
2nd Governor of Goa
In office
18 July 1989 – 17 March 1991
Chief MinisterPratapsingh Rane
Churchill Alemao
Luis Proto Barbosa
Ravi Naik
Preceded byGopal Singh
Succeeded byBhanu Prakash Singh
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byDaya Ram Shakya
Succeeded bySantosh Bhartiya
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
5 July 1980 – 6 December 1984
ConstituencyUttar Pradesh
In office
16 April 1974 – 15 April 1980
Personal details
Khurshed Alam Khan

(1919-02-05)5 February 1919
Farrukhabad, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India
(now in Uttar Pradesh, India)
Died20 July 2013(2013-07-20) (aged 94)
Delhi, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Saeeda Khurshid
RelationsZakir Hussain (father-in-law)
ChildrenSalman Khurshid
Alma materAgra University
University of Pennsylvania

Khurshed Alam Khan (5 February 1919 – 20 July 2013) was an Indian politician and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress political party.[1][1]

He was Governor of Karnataka from 1991 to 1999 and governor of Goa from 1989 to 1991. Before that, he was Union minister of External affairs in Government of India. He was associated with Jamia Millia Islamia.

Early life

Khurshed Alam Khan was born on 5 February 1919 in Pitaura Village Farrukhabad District of Uttar Pradesh. After his early education, he joined the Agra University as a student of the prestigious St. John's College, where, he obtained a bachelor's degree with distinction and a master's degree in History. He was also a student at the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., where he successfully completed a course in Management Studies.

Khan had an abiding interest in education. He was a member of the Governing Body of Dr. Zakir Husain Memorial College, New Delhi. He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the YMCA Institute of Engineering, Faridabad. His abiding interest had been in the Jamia Millia Islamia University at Delhi.

Political career

It was through the efforts of Khan that Parliament enacted a Law whereby the Jamia Millia Islamia became an independent University. Khurshed Alam Khan was the Chancellor of this university. He was also member of Council of Indian Institutes of Technology.

Khurshed Alam Khan had the distinction of being a distinguished Parliamentarian for over 15 years as a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. He was the member of the Rajya Sabha from 1974–84 and the member of the 8th Lok Sabha from 1984–89, representing Farrukhabad constituency. He was a Member of the Union Council of ministers and has handled various portfolios, namely, External Affairs, Tourism, Civil Aviation, Textiles and Commerce.

As minister for External Affairs, he toured extensively in the world. He had the distinction of addressing the United Nations as also the Security Council on a number of occasions. The Foreign ministers' Conference of Non-Aligned Countries at Delhi and Luanda was presided over by him. In 1988, he represented India at the Republican Party Convention of the U.S.A.

He resigned his Lok Sabha seat when he was appointed the Governor of Goa on 18 July 1989. He also officiated as the Governor of Maharashtra. He has been the Governor of Karnataka since 6 January 1991. He also officiated as the Governor of Kerala.

The areas of special interest to Khurshed Alam Khan were education, tourism, transport and urban development. Reading and Horticulture were favorite pastimes to which he devoted considerable time. Khurshed Alam Khan was the son-in-law of Dr. Zakir Hussain, the third President of India, married to his older daughter, Saeeda Khurshid. Salman Khurshid, former Union Minister for External Affairs (Indian Foreign Minister), is the son of Khurshed Alam Khan. He also has three daughters. He also has several grandchildren, and was also present for a large part of his great-grandchildren's lives.


  1. ^ PTI (11 December 1994). "Former Union minister Khurshed Alam Khan passes away at 95 – The Economic Times". Retrieved 21 July 2013.