The Indian Institute of Technology is a haloed brand when it comes to the education sector in India and for that matter, abroad as well. One might think that this hallmark of engineering colleges called the ‘IIT’, churns out engineers year after year, but the truth is, there is much more to IIT and IITians than engineering.
Be it politics, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and even entertainment, IITians have made their mark and carved a special niche for themselves.
The new age apostle against corruption, Arvind Kejriwal is a graduate from IIT Kharagpur. After working for the Indian Revenue Service, Mr. Kejriwal found his calling in politics with the revolutionary Aam Aadmi Party. The rest as they say is history.
Jairam Ramesh, an economist and politician is also an IIT alumnus. His most significant contribution to the country goes by the name of Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad. In the past he has taken roles such as the Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Environment and Forests etc.
The incumbent Minister of Defense, Manohar Parikar was a student of IIT Bombay. He is the first IIT graduate to become the chief minister of any state.
There are various examples of IIT graduates who chose to build their own dreams rather than working on someone else’s dream. Sachin and Binny Bansal, two guys who set out to transform the online market space are now names to reckon with. Their endeavor Flipkart is now a phenomenal platform that generates 1.5 crore rupees every day.
Snapdeal, a leading online market co-founded by Rohit Bansal is another such example.
Bluegape stands out because of its sheer creativity. 3 years ago, no one would have thought that selling personalized posters could turn out to be a lucrative business, but Sahil Baghla and Ayush Varshney, alumni of IIT Kanpur proved otherwise when they took their personalized merchandise business from a dorm room to a turnover of 5 crores.
The entertainment industry can also boast of names for IITs. Chetan Bhagat, who is considered as the voice of young India is a graduate from IIT.
Rahul Ram, the bass guitarist in the band Indian Ocean is also an IITian. Miles away from engineering, he found his heart and soul in music.
Arunabh Kumar, the mind behind Qtiyapa a viral online spoof channel, is also an IITian. He embraced his passion to make people laugh.
Swami Ramanand, an IIT K scholar, chose the road to philanthropy and now works as a teacher with Ramakrishna Mission.
Like they say, just pursue your passion and strive to excel with it. In all these cases, they followed their passions, they looked beyond their prestigious engineering degree and they reached where they wanted to reach.