Defence Minister, India
Mr. Parrikar graduated in metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978. Before being inducted into the Council of Ministers of the Union Government, he was Chief Minister of Goa. He is the first IIT graduate to become the Chief Minister of any Indian state. IIT Bombay awarded Mr. Parrikar with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001.
As the chief minister of Goa, he was instrumental in initiating various social welfare schemes like Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana, which provides financial assistance to senior citizens, the Cyberage Scheme which provides computers to students, Chief Minister Rojgar Yojana, etc. Known to be a man of action and principles, Shri Parrikar is known as ‘Mr. Clean’ in Goa.