In terms of how they are seen and the outcomes they really achieve, India’s IITs have always been the unquestionable centres of development, innovation, and advancement in the nation. When it comes to outstanding graduates, the institute is infamous for producing world leaders, tech titans, and industrial powerhouses that have a lot of “street cred.”
Nevertheless, the early IIT cohorts gained more notoriety for their discoveries and accomplishments in the digital era, earning them greater respect from the Indian people.
We are looking at a few famous pioneers, change-makers, and IIT Delhi graduates from the post-1990 era in order to provide some new, applicable models for the internet era.
- Shashank Kumar
This IITD alumnus, who founded Green Agrevolution and FarmsnFarmers and is an advocate for better agro-practices and infrastructure, focuses on a more fundamental service. Shashank Kumar, a 2008 graduate, is not one of the typical group of IIT internet rebels. One of the few Indians who is concentrating on a better and expandable working model to promote efficiency and transparency in the Agricultural value chain is the textile engineering graduate.
Shashank began his investigation of the inherent issues in the agricultural value chain and the dependence on multiple manufacturing channels for their diverse agricultural requirements with FarmsnFarmers. After then, the project acted as a reliable catapult for the introduction of Green Agrevolution and its subsequent expansion.
The endeavour, which doubles as a social company, seeks to address the institutional issues associated with the purchase of agricultural products while increasing a farmer’s revenues and strengthening the sustainability of the overall industry. In addition to Green Agrevolution, Shashank created DeHaat, a concept to make last-mile agricultural service delivery and 360-degree agro-service management easier.
- Sameer Gehlaut
Gehlaut acquired his money through more traditional sectors, in contrast to the other pioneers on this list. Gehlaut, the Chairman and Founder of India Bulls, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, with a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering. Gehlaut, who is the Chairman of the Indiabulls Group, added activities in consumer finance, real estate, and housing finance to his conglomerate.
Sameer Gehlaut formerly worked with the American oil services company “Halliburton” before starting his business with India Bulls. He spent over two years working with them before returning to India to join the family company. Gehlaut acquired “Orbitech Pvt. Ltd.”, a dormant securities firm with a membership in the National Stock Exchange, sometime around 1999. Gehlaut then established an online trading platform and launched India’s first Internet brokerage services with the help of another IIT Delhi alumnus.
Forbes has referred to Gehlaut as “India’s youngest self-made billionaire” in recognition of his achievements.
- Rajat Khare
Even though he is less well-known in the media, after graduating from IIT Delhi, he virtually immediately entered the investing and fundraising world. With a degree in computer science engineering, he has played a key role in the development of several businesses in various industries, the majority of which he finances.
The Luxembourg-based creator of Boundary Holding invests in artificial intelligence (AI) and a number of related industries, including data analytics and machine learning.
Additionally, Rajat Khare has spoken at more than 20 significant conferences and events throughout the globe. This IITD graduate not only promotes entrepreneurship but also works as an investor and has been used as a case study in the Entrepreneurship course offered by INSEAD Business School.
He belongs to The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), the Indian Angel Network, and the IIT Delhi Alumni Association. Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam honoured Khare for encouraging entrepreneurship in India.
- Deepinder Goyal
Deepinder, the founder and CEO of Zomato, didn’t exactly plan on entering the food sector in the way that it did. Deepinder was a consultant with Bain and Company in New Delhi before to founding Zomato. Through his time at Bain, Deepinder developed the concept of online restaurant reviews to meet the demands of professional life while facilitating the exploration of new cuisines and locations.
In 2008, Deepinder quit his job at Bain to launch Zomato (formerly Foodiebay) from his flat. Since then, he has been in charge of strategy and product development. With sophisticated marketing strategies and a substantial market share, the corporation has been highly active in the food sector.
- Sachin Bansal
After a brief tenure at Amazon, Sachin co-founded Flipkart with fellow Amazon.com engineer Binny Bansal for a financial investment of Rs. 4 lakhs. The remainder of the tour is fairly captivating and widely recognised.
Sachin has gained notoriety as the face of e-commerce in India since Flipkart’s founding and rapid expansion, and with good reason: Flipkart’s operations have shaped changes to the country’s retail business. In addition, the enormous $16 billion e-commerce agreement with Walmart provides the business and its founder a new lease on life and a competitive edge against international retail giants like Amazon and Alibaba.