On Engineer’s Day 2021, let’s take a look at celebrities who hold an engineering degree. This list includes the likes of Jeetendra aka Jeetu Bhaiya to Taapsee Pannu, who famously played the character of engineer in 3 Idiots. For the unversed, India celebrates Engineer’s Day on September 15 every year. The day is commemorated in the remembrance of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, India’s iconic engineer.
In the past couple of decades, Indian youth has been spoon-fed stories of famous celebrities with rags to riches stories. While nothing must be taken away from the accomplished made by a self-made person, we must cherish stories of academically inclined celebrities.
Only when we look for such stories, will we be able to see the abundance of academically and intellectually accomplished celebrities. So, without further ado, on the occasion of Engineer’s Day, let’s take a look at famous personalities that hold an engineering degree.
1) Sushant Singh Rajput
Not a single aspect of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s life remained hidden after his untimely death in 2020. The actor famous for his charming smile and playing a slew of challenging characters, was also academically accomplished.
One such accomplishment includes him achieving an All India Rank of 7 in the AIEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination.
Any engineering aspirant would know that AIEEE was once upon a time, one of the most challenging engineering entrance exams. He later went on to pursue mechanical engineering, but parted ways to pursue his calling – acting.
2) Jitendra Kumar
Jitendra Kumar has become synonymous to ‘all things engineering’. The actor was flung to fame after he played the character of Jeetu Bhaiya, an inspiring teacher in TVF’s web show Kota Factory. Earlier, he had also played the character of Jitendra Kumar, a senior developer in another cult classic web show Pitchers.
However, little do many know that Jitendra studied civil engineering in the prestigious and highly coveted Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. At the mecca of Indian enginners, he was pushed by his college senior to perform an ad-lib, and the rest is, as they say, history.
3) Taapsee Pannu
The ‘Thappad’ actress needs no introduction to anyone who lives over the rock as her work speaks volumes for itself. Known for her brave movie choices, and her strong opinions, Taapse is also a proud engineer.
The actress holds a computer science degree from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, New Delhi. A perfect example of beauty with brains, she also revealed once that she developed a mobile application with her friends. Speaking to News18, she said that her app – FontSwap – let users change the font in iPhone.
She further claimed that she started her modeling career after her engineering and also ended up rejecting a job at multinational IT company Infosys.
4) Arvind Kejriwal
Although politicians are not necessarily thought as celebrities – they yield just as much influence as Bollywood celebrities would. Arvind Kejriwal is a polarizing figure in political landscape. The current Delhi Chief Minister came into prominence during the Jan Lokpal Bill struggle.
Since then, he has worn the garb of a clean and transparent political figure, with public interest his priority. But do you know that he also has had a serious academic background behind him? He’s done his graduation in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
5) Ashwini Vaishnaw
The newly appointed Railways and IT Minister made a lot of buzz thanks to his academic background. Before climbing the rungs of the political landscape, and making a name for himself in politics, he was an IT professional.
Mr. Vaishnaw did his graduation from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He further went on to pursue MBA from Wharton School, USA, and joined the Indian Administrative Services. How’s that for a resume!