IIT Delhi Notable Alumni: IIT Delhi is one of India’s premier technical institutions. The institute is known for fostering excellence, and competence in the fields of business, politics, academics, sports, and others. The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi has produced a number of warriors in various fields who took the world’s technology and innovation to a higher dimension.

From the Co-founder of Flipkart (Sachin and Binny Bansal) to the Co-founder of Zomato (Deepinder Goyal)there are IITians everywhere. The chain of IIT Institutions from IIT Delhi to IIT Bombay and other top IITs have stabilized their positions in the excellence domain.

This article provides insight into the life stories of the famous IIT Delhi notable alumni from various fields who revolutionized the world in one way or another with their brilliance. With rigorous academic programs, IIT Delhi has unlocked the potential of students to serve in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship, academia, and public service. These exceptional individuals, from Chetan Bhagat to Kiran Bedi, have armed a strong foundation from their alma mater, to make significant contributions, not only within India but on a global scale.

13 Most Popular IIT Delhi Notable Alumni

Police Officer and Social Activist

Kiran Bedi is a figure with multi-dimensional talents and achievements. She has been a politician, a social activist, a police officer, an author, and a national tennis player. Also, Kiran Bedi was the former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Kiran Bedi’s achievements and contributions warrant acknowledgment in the context of her notable career. Kiran Bedi earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Government College for Women in Amritsar and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. It was her exceptional career in the Indian Police Service (IPS) that became a turning point in her life. She became the first woman to join the IPS in 1972.

She became a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party of India, in 2015.  She was known for her fearless and straightforward approach. Bedi introduced many reforms in the Tihar Jail during her tenure.

23rd governor of RBI, Chief Economist IMF

Raghuram Rajan is another brilliant alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi). He achieved global recognition for contributions to the field of economics and finance. Raghuram Rajan completed his undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi, from 1981 to 1985. And completed MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rajan’s notable achievements revolve around the fields of academia, policymaking, and international finance. He was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He served as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from 2013 to 2016. It was during his tenure that he garnered all the name and fame from the reforms he implemented to stabilize the Indian economy.

Co-founder of Zomato

Deepinder Goyal, the co-founder of Zomato, and also the CEO of Zomato makes it to the list of the famous IIT Delhi notable alumni. Among the famous businessperson, leaders, and authors, Deepinder Goyal, is the one to revolutionize the world of Food. He not only made a top position in the list of IIT Delhi people but also made a place in every common person’s heart via their taste buds.

After completing his education at IIT Delhi, Co-founder of Zomato, Deepinder Goyal worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Later in 2008, he co-founded Zomato, an online food delivery and restaurant discovery platform. Goyal transformed Zomato into a billion-dollar company, making it a household name in India and beyond. And today over 70 million people use Zomato to decide where to eat through 1.5 million listed restaurants across 24 countries worldwide.

Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Flipkart

Sachin Bansal, another renowned name in the list of Famous IIT Delhi people. Where others revolutionized the food sector, he revolutionized the world of e-commerce or say online shopping. From 2000 to 2005 Sachin Bansal completed his Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

In 2007, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal co-founded Flipkart as an online bookstore. Co-founder of Flipkart, Binny Bansal is also an IIT Delhi alumnus. Sachin Bansal served as the CEO and Executive Chairman of Flipkart, before its acquisition by Walmart in 2018. This marked one of the largest e-commerce acquisitions in history. They together took the company to extraordinary heights. Even after quitting Flipkart, they both continue to be named in the Forbes list of Richest Indians and the Most Influential Indians, placing in the top 100. 

Founder of PartyGaming

Anurag Dikshit, an Indian Institute of Technology Delhi alumnus, made an impression in the world of online gaming at the age of 26. Anurag Dikshit is the architect behind the online poker company PartyGaming. It is an online gambling company.

Venture Capitalist and Co-founder of Sun Microsystems

Vinod Khosla, an Indian American billionaire businessman and venture capitalist is an IIT Delhi notable alumni. He made an impression in the fields of venture capitalism and technology. Vinod Khosla completed his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from 1972 to 1976.

Vinod Khosla is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. And also the founder of Khosla Ventures. He has also been on the list of Forbes 400 wealthiest persons in America. He delved into venture capitalism and ended up founding Khosla Ventures in 2004. Vinod Khosla supports GiveIndia and has recently pledged $10 Million towards helping India combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Visionary Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Indiabulls

Sameer Gehlaut is an entrepreneur and business leader. He completed his studies at IIT Delhi in 1995, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Sameer Gehlaut is the co-founder and chairman of Indiabulls. He gave new turns to real estate, and stock exchange sectors. Indiabulls Group was founded in the year 1999, by him and his business partners with a vision to transform the real estate landscape in India.

Technology Leader and Business Executive

Padmsree Warrior is an Indian-American technology leader and business executive. She has a remarkable career in many industries. She has held several influential positions in the technology sector, Padmsree Warrior is currently serving as the CEO of Fable (a curated reading platform focused on mental wellness). She served as the leading post of CEO at Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems, Motorola, and at Nio U.S., an electric vehicle manufacturer.

Not only this, she has also been listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes in the year 2014 and among the top 50 women in Tech in the year 2018. She has splendid expertise in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing fields.

Founder of Appdynamics

Jyoti Bansal graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from IIT Delhi. Later he worked for many Silicon Valley start-ups from 2000 to 2007. Then in 2008, Jyoti Bansal redefined the world of application performance monitoring by founding a software company specializing in application intelligence and performance management, called AppDynamics.

That was the beginning of his achievements which continued to bloom around the globe throughout the years. He launched BIG Labs, Harness, and Traceable in subsequent years which pushed him to further heights.

Business Leader and Former Chairman of Unilever

In 1975, Manvinder Singh Banga graduated in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi and went on to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A).

Banga served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Hindustan Unilever. His tenure at Unilever was of 33 years. one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies. He is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Glaxo Smith Kline, Thomson Reuters, and Marks & Spencer.

Entrepreneur and Founder of Lemon Tree Hotels

Patu Keswani contributed to the hospitality industry as a visionary entrepreneur. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi, in 1981 and post-graduation in Business Management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 1983.

Keswani is the founder of the renowned Lemon Tree Hotels, one of India’s leading hotel chains. In 2002, he launched the first Lemon Tree Hotel. And now he operates 84 hotels in 52 cities with 8,300 rooms and over 8,000 employees (as of April 2020).

He brought about the unique concepts and ideas that led him to these heights. He offered opportunities to Indians with disabilities for his hotels. Lemon Tree Hotels has been presented the National Award by the President of India for ‘Best Employer of Persons with Disabilities in 2016 and 2011 and a third National Award in 2012 for being a ‘Role Model in providing a Barrie-Free Environment to Persons with Disabilities.

Political Leader and Former Minister of State

Jayant Sinha completed his Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi in 1985, and a Master of Science in Energy Management & Policy in 1986. 

Jayant Sinha is a Member of the Indian Parliament and formerly the Minister of State for Finance and Civil Aviation in the Government of India. In 2014 and 2019, he was elected twice as a BJP Member of Parliament from the Hazaribagh constituency in Jharkhand, India. Before his political career, he was in the business and consultancy field having 12 years of experience with McKinsey & Company.

Bestselling Author, Columnist, Screenwriter

Chetan Bhagat, the name requires no introduction, at least among the younger generation. It shouldn’t be surprising to know that Chetan Bhagat pursued his academic journey at IIT Delhi, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree. As he delved into his interest in writing, he turned his hobby into a full-time profession and passion.

Chetan Bhagat is known around the country as a bestselling author. In 2004, he worked as an investment banker and scooped out his debut novel, “Five Point Someone,” which became an instant success.

Since then, Bhagat has authored seven novels from both the fiction and non-fiction genres. One Night @ the Call Center, The 3 Mistakes of My Life, Revolution 2020, Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl, Revolution 2020, Half Girlfriend, One Indian Girl, and 2 States: The Story of My Marriage, are some of his writings. Many of these novels have been adapted into successful Bollywood films like Kai Po Che!, 2 States, Three Idiots, Half Girlfriend, and Hello.

He is known for his easy-to-read narrative style. Time magazine rated him among the “100 most influential people in the world”.

IIT Delhi Alumni List

Here is the expanded list of IIT Delhi Notable Alumni from various fields:

Mohit Aronfounder and CEO of Cohesity and co-founder and former CTO of Nutanix
Vikrant Bhargavaco-founder of Partygaming
Yogesh Chander Deveshwarchairman at ITC
Madhu Sudanprofessor of computer science at Harvard University
Subir Sachdevprofessor of physics at Harvard University
IIT Delhi Alumni List