India is a parliamentary republic with a multi-party system with seven recognized national parties and more than 40 regional parties in India. A country’s fate more than often relies on its leaders, but in India, there are no educational qualifications required to be an MP or MLA. So most of our politicians are uneducated but there are a few with educational degrees. Among them, here are ten highly educated Indian politicians.
1. Dr. Manmohan Singh:
Our former P.M., Manmohan Singh studied at Hindu College and attended Panjab University. In 1952 and 1954, he got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees respectively in Economics. At the University of Cambridge, he was a member of St John’s College in 1957 and completed his Economics Tripos. He attended the University of Oxford for the D.Phil in 1960. He worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development from 1966 to 1969.
2. Jairam Ramesh:
Economist Jairam Ramesh graduated from IIT Bombay in 1975 with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, Pennsylvania, and received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Public Management. He started studying the Doctoral program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but had to quit due to family emergencies. He is a member of the International Council of the New York-based Asia Society as well as a founder of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He also joined the World Bank for a short period in 1978.
3. P. Chidambaram:
The former Union Minister of Finance of India, P. Chidambaram graduated with a BSc degree in statistics from the Presidency College, Chennai. He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the Madras Law College. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, the class of 1968. He also holds a master’s degree from Loyola College, Chennai.
4. Kapil Sibal:
Kapil Sibal completed his schooling from St John’s High School and later he joined St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He received his LL.B degree from Faculty of Law of the University of Delhi and also completed an M.A. in history. In 1972, He joined the bar association and in 1973, he qualified for Indian Administrative Services. Instead of taking the job, he decided to set up his own law practice. In 1977, he received his LL.M from the Harvard Law School.
5. Subramanian Swamy:
Subramanian Swamy received his Bachelors Honours degree in Mathematics from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He completed his master’s degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and then joined the Harvard University on a full scholarship and earned a Ph.D. in Economics in 1965 while he worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York City. He served as a consultant to the World Bank in 1986.
6. Salman Khurshid:
Salman Khurshid completed his college degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He passed from St Edmund Hall, Oxford in the UK with a B.A. in English and Jurisprudence. He also holds an M.A. in B.C.L. He previously taught as Lecturer in Law at Trinity College, Oxford.
7. Shashi Tharoor:
Shashi Tharoor completed his high school years at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta in1971. He later graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history from St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. In 1975, he pursued graduate studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. From there, at the age of 22, he received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and completed his Ph.D. in International Relations and Affairs. He was given the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and was the first editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs.
8. Ajit Singh:
Ajit Singh was a computer scientist by profession who is one of the first Indians to work with IBM in the 1960s. He holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kharagpur. He completed his M.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
9. Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi:
Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi completed his B.Sc. from Meerut College and M.Sc. from Allahabad University. He also received his doctorate from Allahabad University. The subject of his doctoral thesis was spectroscopy and he later published a research paper in Physics in Hindi, which was a first of its kind. Joshi started teaching Physics at Allahabad University after completing his Ph.D.
10. Jayant Sinha:
Jayant Sinha holds an M.B.A. with from the Harvard Business School. He also holds an M.S. in Energy Management & Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.