Delhi University has been the alma-mater to some of the highly influential members of the society. Be it in politics, media, sports or business, one could witness DU graduates exhibiting a complete dominance over the competitors with utmost ease. With their constant unassailable success in respective domains, Delhi university alumni have carved out a name for themselves at both national and international level. So, without wasting a minute further, let’s have a look at some of the Delhi University Alumni who sculpted a prosperous career for themselves.
Delhi University Alumni who carved out successful careers in the long run
1. Shah Rukh Khan ( Entertainment)
Regarded by many as the King of Bollywood, Badshah Khan, King Khan, Shahrukh is one of the most influential actors the Indian cinema has ever seen and remains one of the greatest alumni of Delhi University. In his career ranging over 26 years, SRK has acted in over 80 films and has won almost 14 Filmfare awards with his extraordinary acting prowess.
He graduated from Hansraj College, DU with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. After completing his education, SRK ventured into the World of Cinema and made his appearance in the TV show Fauji which laid the foundation for his upcoming roles in the Film industry.
Some of his notable films include Baazigar, Darr, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil to Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbtein, My name is Khan, Chak De! India and Chennai Express.
2. Gautham Gambhir ( Sports)
Gambhir is one of the well-known figures in the World of cricket. He completed his graduation from the Hindu College and went on to feature in the Delhi Ranji team, and successively into the Indian cricket team.
His scintillating knocks in the finals of 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup helped India ensure a thumping victory amidst the back-breaking situations. If it hadn’t been for him, probably the outcome we know would have been quite different. He received an Arjuna Award in 2008 owing to his sensational performances across the international circuit.
3. Arun Jaitley ( Politics and Government)
Arun Jaitley is among the leading advocates and Politicians across the country who presently heads the ministry of Finance and corporate affairs. He completed his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, New Delhi. He then went on to pursue a degree in B.Com Honours from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and L.L.B from the University of Delhi. Under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, he held cabinet positions for Law and justice, corporate affairs and commerce industry. He also served as the Minister of Defence under Modi’s governance.
4. Ajaypal Singh Banga ( Business)
Ajaypal Singh Banga is Indian-American official who is the current CEO and President of Mastercard. He completed his B.A. ( Honours) in Economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi and went on to pursue an MBA from IIM- Ahmedabad. The Padma Shri recipient (2016) holds multiple positions under his belt. He is among the Board of Directors of Dow Chemical company, chairman of US India Business Council and an active member of the council of foreign relations.
5. Khushwant Singh ( Literature)
Khushwant Singh( 1915-2014) was an Indian writer, lawyer, politician and a diplomat who received terrific acclaim due to his literary services. He graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi and went to pursue higher education from the prestigious King’s College, London. Khushwant, was a recipient of numerous awards, with Rockefeller Grant (1966), Padma Bhushan(1974), Padma Vibhushan ( 2007) and Sahitya Academy Fellowship (2010) being few of them.
Some of his notable works include The mark of Vishnu and other stories(1954), The company of women (1999), We Indians ( 1993) , Gods and Godmen of India (2012), Ghadar 1915: India’s first armed revolution (1966) , Train to Pakistan (1956), Ranjit Singh, the Maharaja of Punjab ( 1963) , Khushwantnama, the less of my life (2013), Women and men in my life ( 1995), Declaring Love in four languages (1997), A history of the Sikhs(1996) and Not a nice man to know: The best of Khushwant Singh(1993). Among the short stories, the Portrait of a lady and A love affair in London received great acclaim.
Truly, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to study at institutions which were once the study grounds of some of the highly eminent personalities of the nation. The amount of success Delhi university alumni have acquired in their field of service is something that puts them leaps and bounds ahead of their contemporaries. I hope this list inspires all DU graduates and undergraduates to bring out the best from them.