5 Notable Alumni Of IIM Calcutta You Should Know About

Updated on 21 Aug, 2014 at 1:08 pm


The status of a business school merely doesn’t depends upon its campus, resources and academics alone but the alumni network makes a great difference to the reputation of b-school making it best in class. Let’s shift our focus towards where the famous IIM-C alumni’s are up to, right now.

In the month of September 2013, IIM Calcutta secured 19th spot in Financial Times ‘Masters in Management’ global rankings. It was the very first time that this institution of academic excellence appeared in the renowned list. Adding to everyone’s surprise was the fact that IIIM-C topped in Career rank segment. This rank was totally based on the college’s alumni status in current corporate and academic world. So, let us know about some of the notable personalities who made IIM Calcutta proud and helped in bringing this bright achievement.

5. Venkatesh Shankar

Occupation: American Marketing Professor.                                          


M.B.A. 1984-86

Venkatesh received his bachelors from IIT Kharagpur in 1984 and immediately joined IIM-C for doing post graduation. After earning MBA, Shankar moved to US and received a Ph.D. in Marketing from Northwestern University. Shankar has worked with many of the Fortune 500 companies as a consultant. He regularly writes in various academic and business periodicals.


  • Winner of IIM-C Distinguished Alumnus Award-2013.
  • Vijay Mahajan Award from AMA (American Marketing Association)-2012.
  • Robert B. Clarke Outstanding Educator Award-2006.

Notable Alumni Of IIM Calcutta

4. Ajit Balakrishnan

Occupation: Chairman and CEO Rediff.com.

M.B.A. 1969-71

A Kerala born entrepreneur, Balakrishnan currently lives in Mumbai. He is the founder of a famous Internet company based in India known as Rediff.com. Ajit passed his graduation from University of Kerala and MBA degree from Calcutta. He co-founded a company named as Rediffusion at age of early 22 and surprised the market with Rediff.com in 1995.


  • Chairman of the Board of Governors at IIM-C.

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Notable Alumni Of IIM Calcutta

3. Ramachandra Guha

Occupation: Noted Historian and Author.

Ph.D. 1980 onwards

Titled as ‘The Ecumenical Marxist’, Ramachandra Guha was born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Guha joined IIM Kolkata as a PG student in Sociology. He found his teacher Anjan Ghosh as a real mentor in IIM-C campus. Guha studied theories of different writers such as Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim. Nowadays, you can find Guha’s articles featured in National and International magazines/newspapers.


  • Sahitya Akademi Award for his book ‘India after Gandhi’-2011.
  • Padma Bhushan-2009.
  • R.K. Narayan prize at Chennai Book fair-2003.

Notable Alumni Of IIM Calcutta

2. Amish Tripathi

Occupation: Novelist (author of the Shiva Trilogy).

M.B.A. 1995-97

Amish has written three books in series under different titles, comprising Shiva Trilogy. His first book has become the fastest selling book in the Indian publishing history. Amish joined IIM Calcutta after graduating from St. Xavier College, Mumbai. Tripathi has a twin brother who joined Melbourne University after failing to crack CAT exam. He has an experience of over 14 years in financial industry.


  • Society Young Achievers Award for Literature-2013.
  • India’s New Icons by DNA syndication-2013.
  • Found a place in Forbes Top 100 celebrities list 2012 & 2013.

Notable Alumni Of IIM Calcutta

1. Indra Nooyi

Occupation: Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo.

M.B.A. 1974-76

Born and brought up in Chennai suburb, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi passed her graduation from Madras Christian College in 1974. She joined IIM Calcutta for a Post Graduate Diploma and started her carrier here in India at Johnson & Johnson. In 1978, she got admission at Yale University to study ‘public & private management’. Few days ago, she received a whooping financial jump settling her salary to $18.6 million for the year 2013. She has been ranked at 10th spot in Forbes 2013 list of the 100 most powerful women’s on earth. She simply attributes all her success to her mother and Indian upbringing.


  • Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences-2008.
  • CEO of the year by Global Supply chain Leaders Group-2009.
  • Topped in the Fortune’s list of the ’50 most powerful women’-2010.


Notable Alumni Of IIM Calcutta

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