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IIT philanthropists who made the world a better place to live in

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  • Feb 24, 2013, 16:25 PM IST
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New Delhi: Lakhs of aspiring engineers take the IIT JEE to get into the premier institution. An engineering degree in IIT would assure a promising career with a huge salary package. But there are few IITians who returned to their roots to share their social responsibilities.  Let’s meet these gentlemen who left a lucrative career to serve the society.

 

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    Prem Das Rai

    Sikkim’s king indentified his talent at a very young age. He was sent to study in IIT and then in IIM. He even got himself a lucrative job in a multinational company. But he was indebted to the land he was born in. He returned to Sikkim to do something meaningful. He opened a computer institute and gave the state a first brush with the technology. He used his knowledge to enhance agricultural facilities in the state. Meanwhile, he joined a party in 1993. Later, he became an MP too.

    Rai was associated in training people of Sikkim in IT and agricultural technology.

    “We should not only be an engineer, we should be a social engineer who is sensitive toward our society,” he said.

     

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    A film director with 87 patents

    The director of Bollywood movie ‘Chatgaon’, Devvrat Pain is an IITian. After IIT he worked in NASA and has 87 patents to his name. He invented a tiny camera, which is still being use in telephones and telescopes. His professional switch is an interesting story.

    “While I was a research scholar in California, I was a regular at theatre. Even after I started working for NASA, the theatre remained inside. In 2008, I quit NASA and converged my energies to cinematography.  Then the Chatgaon happened. I watched 300 movies on the set to learn from them.”

     

     

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    The spiritual engineer

     Sage Mukudanand chose to work for god than some corporate. An IIT engineer and an IIM graduate shun a lucrative career to be a servant of god. He says “I became a sadhu to understand the engineering of human mind.  Engineers don’t believe in saints. So I became a sadhu with an engineering degree. I tried to give a reason and logic of spiritualism.”

    Many companies including Oracle invites him to his lecture its employees.

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    Engineer turned Farmer

    Madhvan was an engineer in ONGC. He completed his education from IIT. But his real love was farming. In 1989 he started farming and used technology in agriculture. First he incurred huge losses. H went to Israel, got training and started innovating new techniques in agriculture. Soon he became a successful farmer. His fields were once visited by former president APJ Abdul Kalam.

     

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