Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan was born on 26 June 1969 . He was born in Talcher, Distt. Angul (Odisha) to Dr. Debendra Pradhan and Shrimati Basanta Manjari Pradhan. He graduated from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha in Arts, and M.A. (Anthropology) Educated at Talcher College, Odisha.
Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan is the President of the National Open School (NOS) Society and the Union Minister of Ministry of Education, Government of India.
The National Institute of Open Schooling is privileged to have him as Hon'ble Minister of Education.