Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is one of India’s major political parties. It boasts several prominent members who are alumni of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).
These individuals have leveraged their educational background and leadership skills to make significant contributions to the party and the nation.
From serving as cabinet ministers to holding influential positions in the government, these IITians in BJP and Politics have left an indelible mark on India’s political landscape. In this article, we will explore some of the notable IIT graduates who have aligned themselves with the BJP and examine their roles within the party and the country.
Famous IITians in BJP and Politics
IIT Delhi Notable Alumnus
Jayant Sinha is at the top of the list of IITians in BJP and is a well-known Indian politician. Sinha is a Member of the Indian Parliament. He was formerly the Minister of State for Finance and the Minister of State for Civil Aviation in the Government of India. Currently, Sinha is the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance and a member of the Public Accounts Committee for 2019–20.
Sinha studied at St. Michael’s High School, Patna and St. Columba’s School, Delhi. He passed the JEE while in the 11th grade on his first attempt in 1980 and was admitted to the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. After graduating from IIT Delhi in 1985, Sinha enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a Master of Science in Energy Management & Policy in 1986.
Later, Sinha also attended Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA with Distinction in 1992.
Among all the prestigious awards and honours he has received, he was also awarded the IIT Delhi’s Distinguished Alumni Award in October 2015. Sinha’s wife’s name is Punita. The two met at IIT and got married in 1986. They have two sons.
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"We are determined to maintain and strengthen our competitiveness in the field of technology education." -Jayant Sinha(IITians in BJP and Politics)
Former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
IIT Bombay Notable Alumnus
Manohar Parrikar, one of the most famous IITians in BJP was born on 13 December 1955. The Indian politician and IITian was a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was a former member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. He served in many prestigious positions in Politics. He was the Chief Minister of Goa from 14 March 2017 until his death. He was also the Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014 and from 2017 to 2019. He also served as the Minister of Defence from October 2014 to March 2017. he died in 2019, and in January 2020, he was posthumously awarded Padma Bhushan.
Parrikar was the one to give the name of Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate before the 2013 BJP parliamentary elections convention in Goa. He served in the National Democratic Alliance government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Defence Minister of India from 2014 to 2017.
He completed his graduation degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay), in 1978. Thus, he was one of the most famous IITians in politics and was an IIT Bombay alumnus. He was seconded by RSS to
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the objective of fighting the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party.
"We must have zero tolerance towards error." - Manohar Parrikar (IITians in BJP and Politics)
IIT Bombay Notable Alumnus
Sudheendra Kulkarni is another IITian in politics who is from BJP. He is also a columnist. Kulkarni was educated at Jadhavji Anandji High School in Belgaum district, Karnataka, India. He went on to study metallurgical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
Kulkarni, a former member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1996. Of this ideological switch he said, “People like me were living in an illusory land. I realised very late in my life that the Marxist ideology is not suitable in India – in fact, I would say it is unsuitable for any corner of the world.”
As a member of the BJP, he was associated with the India Shining campaign and rode on the inaugural Delhi–Lahore Bus. He helped former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee write his speeches. He also played a role as a strategist in 2008 for Lal Krishna Advani.
"It takes two to make peace."- Sudheendra Kulkarni (IITians in BJP and Politics)
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