Prithviraj Chavan ('63-'67) named the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Posted by: BITSAA Newsletter
Proud to be a BITSian Mr. Prithviraj Chavan ('63-67) is now the new Chief Minister of Maharasthra. An engineer by profession he graduated from our alma mater BITS Pilani in 1967 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (1963A4PS494). After a UNESCO scholarship in Germany, he got a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in the U.S.A. He worked as a research engineer in the US aerospace industry for three years. After his return to India, Shri Chavan founded an research facility to develop special purpose computers and military electronic equipment. Shri Chavan is known to enjoy the confidence of both Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi and
Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh. Mr. Chavan is known for his soft smile and a firm handshake that make him an instant hit with the electorate. According to Dean Nattu ('74) - "While Alumni of many Institutions believe in basking in the glory of their alma mater, alumni of BITS Pilani like Prithviraj Chavan believe in adding glory to their alma mater." We wish him the very best on behalf of all BITSians.
"This morning Congress High Command and AK Antony gave me the responsibility of being the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. I will try to take everyone's advice and work for the betterment of
Maharahstra. I accept the post with humility," Chavan said, addressing the media after being named as
the next Chief Minister of the state. Mr. Chavan currently holds five portfolios as a MoSD, the highest by any minister in the UPA government, including
Science and Technology, Earth sciences, Parliamentary affairs, Public grievances and Pension and
Ministry of personnel, which includes the CBI.
Mr. Chavan has been a role model for BITSian's wishing to enter public life. Despite his busy schedule, he has always found time for his alma mater - a distinguished guest at BITSAA Delhi Golden Jubilee Reunions, distinguished speaker at the upcoming first-ever BITSAA Global Meet 2011. The organisers of BGM 2011 remain hopeful that his fondness for BITS Pilani will lure him to the meet at New Delhi coming January, despite his newfound responsibility. BITSAA Chairman Prof. SP Kothari recalls - "When Pritviraj Chavan visited Boston, we hosted him at Mukesh Chattar's
home. I recall picking him up from his hotel at Harvard Square and
taking him to Mukesh's place, as well as spending a little time in
Concord visiting historic sites. Prithviraj Chavan was also very
gracious in having lunch with me in New Delhi at his Club, and the following
year he hosted MIT Sloan MBA students. I find him very steady, organized, and
technology minded. I expect he
will do well in Mumbai." BITSians Manoj Mittal ('85) and Sandeep Agarwal speak fondly of his participation in BITSAA Delhi Silver and Golden Jubilee Meets - "His active participation and support to BITSAA Delhi Chapter Celebrations has been well appreciated. The best part was the accessibility offered by him. Wish him all the best and hope he brings laurels to BITS brand through sheer hard-work, integrity and sincerity".
Prior commitments of Mr. Prithviraj Chavan:
He is a technocrat who worked in the field of aircraft instrumentation and designing of audio recorders
for anti-submarine warfare in the US before returning to India and becoming an entrepreneur in 1974.
It was in early 90’s when Prithviraj Chavan bumped into Rajiv Gandhi. "We have many technocrats in the country”, said Rajiv Gandhi, "but we don’t have many who can get elected and join politics. You have that potential!” That is when Mr. Chavan decided to join politics and was elected to the India parliament in 1991.
In 1991, elected to Lok Sabha (Tenth); 1991-96 Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Science
and Technology, Electronics, Atomic Energy; 1992-93 Member, Standing Committee on Science and
Technology; 1994-96 Member, Standing Committee on Finance and Planning Member, Standing
Committee on Rural and Urban Development; 1995-96 Member, Committee on Public Undertakings;
1995-96 Member, Committee on Subordinate Legislation; 1996 Re-elected to Lok Sabha (Eleventh)
Secretary, Congress Party in Parliament; 1996-97 Member, Public Accounts Committee Member,
Standing Committee on Energy Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance; June 1997
onwards Special Invitee, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Planning and Program Implementation
and Science and Technology Literary, Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments, Twelfth Lok Sabha
Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Member, Committee on Government
Assurances (resigned on 20 November 1998)1998-99 and April 2002-Feb.2004 Member, Committee
on Finance; 2000-01 Spokesperson, All India Congress Committee (A.I.C.C.); April 2002 Elected to Rajya
Sabha; Aug. 2002-Feb. 2004 Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Defence; May 2004
onwards Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.
Full Story :Link