Prithviraj Chavan retained the Minister of State in the Prime Minister Office, 2009. Prithviraj Chavan got two more ministries with independent charge - Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, which were earlier handled by a Cabinet minister. He also retained charge of Ministry of Personnel, Public grievances and Pensions. Chavan is also Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.
His earlier success motivated two young BITSians – Sarat Babu and Ashok Vardhan Rao who were seen contesting for the first time from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh respectively in 2009.
"My first love is science and technology but work in the PMO [Prime Minister's Office] is important”, says Chavan, when he was asked to rank in terms of importance the five ministries entrusted to him. Minister Chavan graduated from BITS with an Electrical & Electronics degree. He pursued higher studies at the University of California, Berkeley and spent some time working in the field of aircraft instrumentation and designing audio recorders for anti-submarine warfare in the US before returning to the rough and tumble of domestic politics.
He made his first move in the new government and promised that Right to Information Act (RTI) will be improved in India.