Vijay Goel is a product of the prestigious
Shriram College of Commerce [SRCC], Delhi University. The former
DUSU-President started his political career as Youth President,
Bhartiya Janata Party, Delhi and scored a hat trick by
winning three consecutive [11th, 12th & 13th] Lok Sabha
Parliamentary Elections from Sadar and Chandni Chowk.
A multifaceted and dynamic reformer, grass roots social worker, an
activist with conviction and a crusader of causes close to his
heart, Vijay Goel started his leadership training as an NCC cadet
and NSS volunteer and is a homegrown ABVP worker who has risen from
the ranks. Goel was also a kho-kho and basketball sportsman leading
his teams to victory in college, state & the national-level. A
fearless and concerned leader, famous for saving lacs of families
from ruin by getting the Single Digit Lottery-Banned
was the first to start holding weekly Janata Adalats.
V.G. - BJPs Versatile General, has many
achievements to his credit - Banning Lotteries, Banning Ragging,
Exposing Fake Mark Sheet Racket & Fake SC/ST Certificate Racket,
facelift of Delhi Railway Station, introducing Green lawns at Red
Fort, Renovation of MCD Schools under School Sudhar Yojana,
Installing Computers in Urdu & Hindi Schools, improvement of
Slum areas and running a Mobile Medical Van for under-privileged,
Renovating the Haj Manjil, Restoring Urdu Poet Ghalibs haveli
list goes on and on.
A true dilli-vala at heart, a folk & ghazal singer, a tabla
player, an avid photographer, Vijay held his first photo-exhibition
on village life inaugurated by the Honble Vice President of
India. He authored DELHI-The Emperors City (a book
on Chandni Chowk) released by the Honble Prime Minister and
organized the famous Chandni Chowk Utsav Chaudhavin ka Chand
to highlight the Walled Citys heritage. He has encouraged
traditional purani dilli art forms especially patangbazi by
organizing Indias 1st Kite making competition in the walled
Vijay Goel was awarded an honorary doctorate in Literature from
Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar. Has also received the Global
Excellence award and the prestigious Sur-Sadhna award for his
contribution in the field of Culture, Heritage and Development.
An Educationist, Vijay Goel has made long lasting contribution in
the field of education and was Chairman-Satyawati College and
Governing Body Member-Laxmibai College and Motilal College, Member-SRCC, Member-Anjuman [Court]-Jamia, Executive Council Member, Finance Committee
Member, besides holding the prestigious position as the University
Court Member, Delhi University for 20-yrs.
Former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee handpicked Vijay Goel and
entrusted him with the position of Union Minister of State
responsible for the Prime Ministers Office and the Planning
Commission. Subsequently he was also given charge of the Ministry of
Labour, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Statistics &
Programme Implementation and Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
as Union Minister in NDA Government till 2004. As Sports Minister,
he pitched hard to bring the Commonwealth Games to India.
Goel played a very active role in various Parliamentary Committees
as Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee investigating Shares
Scam, Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, Public Accounts
Committee, Committee on Home Affairs and Personal Policy of Central
Para Military Forces, Committee on Government Assurances, Rules
Committee and Consultative Committee of Urban Development &
Poverty Alleviation. He has also been the Governing Body
Member-AIIMS, Member-TAC-MTNL, Member-MCD and Member-Advisory
Actively involved in various political, social, cultural and education organizations, Vijay Goel is President, Heritage India Foundation; President, Lok Abhiyan and Founder, The Senior Citizen Federation. The Project closest to 54-yr-old Vijay’s heart is his now famous “Toy-Bank”, which has collected over One-Lac Toys from affluent schools, RWAs and individuals at its Collection Centres in Delhi for distribution amongst underprivileged children. Vijay’s wife Preeti Goel, a DU-Lecturer also assists in his social projects. Both of them have traveled together widely.
Brought up in Delhi 54 years old, a paper trader by profession, Vijay was born in a traditional Haryanvi freedom fighter family. An active participant in the JP Movement, Vijay Goel was imprisoned for 3-months during the Emergency. His father, leading taxation lawyer Shri Charti Lal Goel who later became the Deputy Mayor and Speaker of Delhi Assembly, was also jailed for 19-months.