Indian Institute of Technology commonly known as IIT are government owned technology university that are located in different parts of India. They are established on 15 September 1956. There are a total of 23 IITs in India that are known to be the best science and technology university in India. The very first IIT was established in Kharagpur, West Bengal which is known as IIT Kharagpur. Over the 65 years of history, they are known to produce some of the best and intelligent minds of India who made India proud at the international level. This article talks about some of the Best IIT Alumni of India who became popular icon because of their work.
N. R. Narayan Murthy
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy also known as Narayan Murthy is one of the most famous and talked about personality in India. He is one of the iconic IIT Alumni of India. Narayan Murthy is the founder of Infosys Technologies which is one of the most famous tech companies in India. Narayan Murthy is one of the richest Billionaires of India with a net worth of more than $5 Billion. He was born on 20 August 1946 and his age is 75 years as of 2021. Narayan Murthy is a IIT Kanpur passout. Fortune Magazine has named him among the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of the present time. His startup Infosys has made him an idol for all the budding entrepreneurs in India. Many people now dreams of becoming an entrepreneur just to become as successful as Narayan Murthy. Narayan Murthy is also known as the “Father of Indian IT Sector”.
Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and Alphabet. Sundar Pichai is one of the most famous passout of IIT. He completed his degree in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kharagpur which is the very first IIT established in India. Sundar Pichai was born on 10 June 1972 and his age is 49 years. He is one of the brightest minds IIT has ever produced. He is the leading force behind the massive growth of Google. Sundar Pichai joined Google in the year 2004 as a Product Management lead. He was behind the development of Google Drive, Gmail, Google Maps and other important applications. At a point of time when Bing was overtaking Google as the largest search engine, he developed Google’s own web browser known as Google Chrome which made Google retain most their lost users. This way Google became the largest search engine in the world. In 2015, Sundar Pichai became the CEO of Google by replacing Larry Page who was the founder and CEO of Google. Now he is one of the highest-paid Indian CEO of a Foreign Multinational Company.
Raghuram Rajan is the third person in the list of the Best IIT Alumni of India. He is a famous economist of India. Raghuram Rajan is an IIT Delhi Graduate. Raghuram Rajan was born on 3 February 1963 and his age is 58 years. He completed his B. Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi. Raghuram Rajan is also a Alumni of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. Raghuram Rajan is famously known for his tenure as the Governor of Reserve Bank of India from 2013 to 2016. From 2003 to 2006 he was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. Raghuram Rajan also worked as the Chief Economic Advisor of Indian Government from 10 August 2012 to 4 September 2013. Famous American Business Magazine Time has announced him as the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.
Arvind Kejriwal is a famous Indian Politician, Bureaucrat and the current Chief Minister of New Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal was born on 16 August 1968 and his age is 53 years. He is serving as the 7th Chief Minister of New Delhi preceding former CM Sheila Dikshit. Arvind Kejriwal is a IIT Kharagpur Alumni. He completed his Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and later joined the Indian Revenue Service as the Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax in 1995. Arvind Kejriwal’s journey to Indian politics started in 2011 when he joined Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi to form the Indian Against Corruption (IAC) group which protested against some major issues with the Indian Government. In the year 2013, Arvind Kejriwal launched his own political party Aam Aadmi Party and since then he has been contesting elections from Delhi. In 2015 he won the Delhi Assembly Elections with a historic majority where he won 67 out of 70 seats.
Sachin Bansal is another great entrepreneur that IIT has given to the Indian Corporate World. Sachin Bansal is popularly known to be the founder of Flipkart with his friend Binny Bansal. Flipkart is now the second largest ecommerce store in India after Amazon. Sachin Bansal was born on 5 August 1981 and his age is 40 years. Sachin Bansal completed his Computer Engineering Degree from IIT Delhi in 2005. After completing his graduation, Sachin Bansal worked for Amazon Web Services as a software engineer. He realized how ecommerce store works and later quit his job to start his own ecommerce store known as Flipkart with his friend Binny Bansal. Flipkart got massive success and famous American company Walmart owned by the Walton Family bought 77% stakes in Flipkart. Sachin Bansal left Flipkart after the acquisition by Walmart. Before leaving he was in the position of CEO and Chairman in Flipkart. Now Sachin Bansal works as the Managing Director of Navi Group. He has a estimated net worth of $2 Billion USD.
Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar also known as Manohar Parrikar was a politician and the former Chief Minister of Goa. Manohar Parrikar is also known to be one of the finest politician of India and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is also considered as the finest IIT Alumni of India. Manohar Parrikar was born on 13 December 1955. He has completed his degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Bombay. Manohar Parrikar was the CM of Goa for 3 terms i.e. from 2000 to 2005, 2012 to 2014 and in 2017 to 2019. Manohar Parrikar was also the Defense Minister of India from 2014 to 2019. His role as the Defense Minister of India will be the most important in making India one of the powerful nations with a dominant army. He with his colleague Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor of India planned the 2016 Surgical Strike in Pakistan. This surgical strike in Pakistan was one of the most important event for the Indian National Armed Forces. Manohar Parrikar died on 17 March 2019 at the age of 63 years due to cancer.
Deepinder Goyal is one of the famous entrepreneurs graduated from IIT. He is known to be the founder of famous food delivery app Zomato which is trusted by Millions of users across India. Deepinder Goyal was born on 26 January 1983 and his age is 38 years. He is a IIT Alumni. Deepinder Goyal completed his degree in Mathematics and Computing in 2005 from IIT Delhi. Now is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of India. In the year 2008, he founded Foodiebay which was later renamed as Zomato in the year 2010. Deepinder Goyal is the CEO and Chairman of Zomato. Zomato is now value at $12 Billion and is now the one of the top food startup in India. Zomato has now started its operation in America and Australia by acquiring Urbanspoon for $12 Million. The personal net worth of Deepinder Goyal is $650 Million USD which is approximately ₹4,843 Crores INR.
Bhavish Aggarwal is also a famous IIT alumni in the Indian Corporate sector. He is the founder of Ola Cabs which he founded along with his friend Ankit Bhati. Bhavish Aggarwal was born on 28 August 1985 and his age is 36 years. He is a passout from IIT Bombay. Bhavish Aggarwal completed his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2008. After completing his education, he started working as a research intern in Microsoft Research India. He dropped from Microsoft Research India after working with them for 2 years. In the year 2010, Bhavish Aggarwal along with his friend Ankit Bhati founded Ola Cabs. Ola Cabs is now one of the largest personal transportation company in India spread across more than 50 cities in India. OIa Cabs is now valued at $7.3 Billion USD. Bhavish Aggarwal is now one of the richest entrepreneurs in India with a personal net-worth of $550 Million USD which is equal to ₹4086 Crores.
Rohit Bansal is the second Bansal in this list after Sachin Bansal. He is not related with the Flipkart founder Sachin Bansal but he is also one of the most famous entrepreneur of India. Rohit Bansal is the founder of Indian ecommerce company Snapdeal. Rohit Bansal is one of the most energetic and ambitious entrepreneurs of India. He is also one of the most iconic alumni of IIT. He completed his B.Tech and M.Tech Degree from IIT Delhi. After passing out from IIT Delhi, he started working on his won startup. In the year 2010, Rohit Bansal along with his friend Kunal Bahl founded Snapdeal which is one of the biggest ecommerce giants in India competing directly with Flipkart and Amazon. Rohit Bansal is now in the position of COO in Snapdeal. Snapdeal is a giant ecommerce company with a total valuation of $3 Billion USD and Rohit Bansal’s net worth as the COO of Snapdeal is around $120 Million USD.
Chetan Bhagat is one of the famous authors of India. He is also one of the most famous alumni of IIT. Chetan Bhagat was born on 22 April 1974 and his age is 47 years. Chetan Bhagat is not only a IIT alumni but also a IIM alumni. He completed his B.Tech Degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi and later completed his MBA in Marketing from IIM Ahmedabad. He is a famous author who has written many notable books and novels like Five Point Someone, 2 States: The Story of my Marriage, Half Girlfriend, The Three Mistakes of My Life etc. After graduating from IIM, Chetan Bhagat worked as a Investment Banker in the Goldman Sachs, Hongkong Office. Bollywood films like Half-Girlfriend, Kai Po Che and 2 States are made on this Novels. In the year 2010, Chetan Bhagat was named as the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Times.