The post of Governor had fallen vacant after Ram Nath Kovind's elevation as President of India in July. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had then been given the additional charge of Bihar. "I understand the responsibility given to me and will fulfill it whole-heartedly," Mr Malik told news agency ANI today.
Mr Malik served as the Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism from 21 April 1990 to 10 November 1990. Born on 24 July 1946, Mr Malik has held many important positions in both Centre and State.
The 71-year-old has been a member of the Rajya Sabha on two occasions - from 1980-84 and from 1986-89.
Mr Malik has also been a part of the Lower House (from 1989 to 1990).
Mr Malik is a graduate in B.Sc and LL.B from Meerut University and holds a Diploma in Parliamentary Affairs from Institute of Constitutional & Parliamentary Studies run by Parliament of India.
He is also an agriculturist, and active social worker with an experience of over 50 years in social development.