Five successful IITians turned politicians you should know about

Ramya Patelkhana


Five successful IITians turned politicians you should know about

20 May 2019: Five successful IITians turned politicians you should know about

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the country's premier engineering institutes and globally recognized as centers of academic excellence in science and technology.

The IITs are a dream destination for most of the engineering aspirants in the country. However, there some IITians who later chose to join politics and serve the country.

Here are 5 most famous IITians who became successful politicians.

#1: Former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, an alumnus of IIT Bombay

Four-time Goa CM and former Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, was an alumnus of IIT-Bombay where he graduated in metallurgical engineering from in the year 1978.

Notably, the BJP leader was the first ever IIT alumnus to become an MLA of a state and also serve as a Chief Minister.

He passed away on 17 March 2019 at 63 after battling a prolonged illness.

#2: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh is also an IIT-B alumnus

Veteran Congress leader Jairam Ramesh is also an IITian who later pursued a career in politics. He is currently a Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha representing Karnataka.

He is an IIT Bombay alumnus who pursued mechanical engineering at the institute.

He joined the Congress in 1998 and has held several key positions and also served as a Union Minister during the UPA regime.

#3: RLD chief Ajit Singh is also an IIT graduate

Ajit Singh, the founder Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), is an IITian who pursued computer science at IIT-Kharagpur.

He is the son of former PM Charan Singh. He was the President of Lok Dal and Janata Party who served as a Union Minister several times.

He later founded RLD in 1996. RLD joined UPA in 2011 and he was the Civil Aviation Minister from 2011-14.

#4: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is also an IITian

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is also an IITian who pursued mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur.

He is also a former civil servant who worked as an Indian Revenue Service officer before joining politics.

In 2012, Kejriwal founded the AAP and currently, he is the national convener of the party. He is the second-youngest chief minister of Delhi.

#5: Union Minister Jayant Sinha is an IIT-D alumnus

BJP leader and Union Minister Jayant Sinha, the son of veteran politician Yashwant Sinha, is an alumnus of IIT Delhi.

He is currently the Minister of State for Civil Aviation in the Modi government; he also served as the Minister of State for Finance during 2014-16.

He is also a Member of Parliament and represents the BJP from Jharkhand's Hazaribagh in the Lok Sabha.