Arvind Kejriwal second IIT alumni to become chief minister

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during his speech at Ramlila Maidan. (IE photo by Renuka Puri) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during his speech at Ramlila Maidan. (IE photo by Renuka Puri)
SummaryA product of IIT Khargapur, 45-year-old Arvind Kejriwal studied Mechanical Engineering.

Arvind Kejriwal is only the second Chief Minister to be an IITian after his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar and joins a select group of ministers like Ajit Singh and Jairam Ramesh whose alma mater is the crown jewel of the country's higher education.

A product of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Khargapur, 45-year-old Kejriwal studied Mechanical Engineering and passed out in 1989.

Besides Parrikar and Kejriwal, the other IIT alumni who are among the handful of highly-qualified technocrat politicians include Union Ministers Ajit Singh and Jairam Ramesh.

Parrikar passed out as a metallurgical engineer from IIT, Mumbai.

Like Kejriwal, Ajit Singh, a computer engineer by profession, is a B Tech from IIT, Kharagpur while Ramesh graduated from IIT Bombay with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering.

Ramesh's fellow IITian Nandan Nilekani could be also following his footsteps in the wake of speculation of IT bellweather Infosys co-founder's likely leap into the hurly-burly of politics during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Speculation is rife that Nilekani, currently Head of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), could be the Congress candidate from Bangalore South.

Interestingly, both Ramesh and Nilekani were both excellent quizzers and were part of the 1975 Mood Indigo team at IIT Bombay.

And the silver-haired and articulate minister with a reputation as a blunt policy-maker could be the man whom Nilekani may turn to for tips, albeit in a different scenario, and he may well oblige.

Ramesh was the man Nilekani tapped when the Infosys IPO was undersubscribed in 1993. It is stated that Nilekani asked Ramesh, three years his senior in IIT, to put Rs 10,000 in the company. Ramesh didn¿t and calls the move "the single biggest mistake of my life".

Saurabh Bharadwaj and Manish Sisodia, Kejriwal's ministerial colleagues, have an engineering background though not form IIT.

Bhardwaj is a B.Tech in computer science from Bharatiya Vidyapeeth College of Engineering under IP University while Sisodia did his Mechanical Engineering from Jammu.

Ironically, despite being an IITian, Ramesh, who is now the Minister for Rural Development, had kicked up a controversy claiming the faculty of the

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