These IITians have proved that hard work with the ability to think out of the box is the key to lead a successful and remarkable life.
Don’t you think that the name ‘Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)’ itself has some charismatic quid that captivates large hordes of students? It is not only the standard of education or the luxurious amenities provided to students but also the ecosystem created by the IITs that allows only adroit people to share the same roof. It is a well-known fact that if a person is passed out from IIT, he must be a geek. So, what do they have, which isolates them from others? How do they choose their destination? Do IITs only produce great engineers year after year or they outturn some of the intellectual minds that can conquer the world?
While reading the success stories of several IITians, one thing that I found common among all of them is dare to dream beyond the cliché wall and make it big. Be it entertainment, writing, technology, or sports, whatever the field IITians get into, they slay the king and capture the throne.
Let’s take a glance into such success stories:
N.R. Narayana Murthy
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, also known as N.R Narayana Murthy is a co-founder of the Indian multinational corporation, Infosys Ltd. Murthy, along with six software professionals, founded Infosys in 1981 with the capital of Rs. 10,000/- which he borrowed from his wife, Sudha Murthy, to whom he also considers as the lady-luck of his life. Referred to as ‘The Father of Indian IT Sector’, he was the first person who introduced the concept of outsourcing in India. Honoured with the Padma Shree award by the President of India; Murthy holds an M. Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Listed among the most famous authors of India, Chetan Bhagat penned down numerous novels that hit the Indian market with great success. Considered as a youth icon, Bhagat owns a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. His bestsellers include Five Point Someone, One Night at The Call Center, The Three Mistakes of My Life & Two States. Recently, he came up with another masterpiece, “One Indian Girl”.
Considered as one of the best and highly educated Defence Ministers of India, Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar, commonly known as Manohar Parrikar, is a metallurgical engineering graduate from IIT Bombay. Conferred with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001 by IIT Bombay, Parrikar became the first IIT graduate who served as a Chief Minister of an Indian state. Parrikar, believed to be leading a simple and sober lifestyle, is also considered as the most humble ministers of India.
Served as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, was the second youngest governor after Dr. Manmohan Singh. Rajan is currently working as the Vice-Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements and holds a Bachelor’s Electrical Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Later, he did Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the IIM Ahmedabad and Ph.D. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He also won Director’s Gold Medal in IIT Delhi and was a Gold medallist at IIM Ahmedabad.
Founder of India’s most efficacious online entertainment network ‘The Viral Fever’, Arunabh Kumar is a Master’s degree holder from IIT Kharagpur. Also known as the ‘Qtiyapa Guy’, Kumar is the brain behind the grand YouTube venture, ‘TVF’ (The Viral Fever) which has more than 2 million subscribers. He has worked as a research consultant in the US Air Force and then quit his job to follow his dreams. Isn’t it impressive?
The co-founder of the real estate company, Housing.com, Rahul Yadav, first came into the spotlight for his controversial spat with Sequoia’s Shailendra Singh, Vishal Sikka (CEO of Infosys), and founders of Ola and Zomato. Often referred to as “bad boy of Indian startups”, Rahul dropped out of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay to start Housing.com. In May 2015, Rahul shocked the country with his announcement to dispense his stakes worth about INR 200 crores to the employees and hence earned the place in this list of crazy folks who had been a part of IIT. After being fired from Housing.com, he established another venture, Intelligent Interfaces (II), which apparently did not work well and he had to shut it down. If sources to be believed, he is in dilemma nowadays and might join some simple job.
Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal
Previously worked for Amazon.com, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal had an idea to start their own e-commerce project in India. It was then, this duo formed Flipkart, which is now considered among the top 3 e-commerce websites of the country. Both of these founders are the alumni of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. In a country like India where people from different culture, customs and religion have different preferences, choices and penchants, the launch of Flipkart was indeed an admirable move.
I am not sure how many of you already knew about Rahul Ram’s educational background, but yeah, he made it to the list of those IITians who made it big. The bass guitarist and vocalist of the well-known band, Indian Ocean, Rahul Ram holds a Master degree in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur and a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University. He even applied for the post of Chemistry teacher in 30 high schools in the West Indies, out of which he got only 3 replies. 2 of them weren’t interested and while the third one set up the interview. However, the whole session of that interview was just to persuade him that he doesn’t want this job, and, if he still does, either he is a CIA agent or a lunatic.
Nitin Saluja & Raghav Verma
The duo, Nitin Saluja and Raghav Verma, who started their journey as techno geeks, uplifted their career graph with the launch of ‘Experiments with Chai- Chaayos’. While working with Opera Solutions, Nitin Saluja, an IIT Bombay graduate, came up with the concept of this seemingly crazy idea of setting up a ‘Chai Adda’ and was introduced to Raghav Verma, an IIT Delhi graduate by a mutual friend. This is how these techies took this simple concept to a very high stature and we got the opportunity to taste some of the unique Chai such as Aam Papad Chai, God’s Chai, Sulemani Nimbu, Desi Chai and much more.
Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of Ola Cabs, became the inspiration for young start-uppers after registering his name in the list of youngest billionaires of India. After holding a B. Tech degree in Computer Science from IIT Bombay, he worked with Microsoft Research for almost 2 years and then chased his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and rest is history!
This man doesn’t need any introduction, or does he? No, he surely doesn’t.
The man who first came into the limelight for his agitation for Jan Lokpal Bill, Arvind Kejriwal, changed the conventional scenario of Indian politics by registering the win over two veteran political parties i.e. Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party by a large margin of 67 out 70 seats in Delhi assembly elections and became the Chief Minister of Delhi. Kejriwal holds a mechanical engineering degree from IIT Kharagpur and also served as the Joint Commissioner of Income tax in New Delhi at very young age. To fight corruption in the country, he has performed agitations and fasted for two weeks as well. Later, to continue his fight against corruption, he formed a political party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
These big names have proved that hard work with the ability to think out of the box is the key to lead a successful and remarkable life. They have made it clear with the fact that taking the risk can be an invention to a new revolution.