Written byRamya Patelkhana
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.
Here are 5 most famous IITians who became successful politicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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