India’s premier incubator for the sons of the ruling class, The Doon School is ranked amongst the top boarding schools in India. Established in 1935, the Doon School was the result of the efforts, dream and vision of Honorable Mr. Satish Ranjan Das, who was one of most high-flying barristers before India’s independence. The school distinguishes itself by being the one and only institution that was set up as a custom made public school.
Apart from being a member of renowned international groups,The Doon School is also proud in pioneering mountaineering in India. Let’s take a look at some the most famous and notable alumni of this imperial boarding school:
6. Naveen Patnaik
Elected as the Chief Minister of Odisha in 2000, Naveen Patnaik is regarded as one of the most popular and successful CMs the state has ever had.
Patnaik is famous for his clean image, uncorrupted policies and transparent government. Born on October 16, 1946 in Cuttack to Smt. Gyan Patnaik and Shri Biju Patnaik, he studied from Doon School from where he passed with a Senior Cambridge Certificate.
5. Amitav Ghosh
Born in a Bengali Hindu family, Amitav Ghosh, one of the most celebrated authors, did his schooling from Doon School. It was during his schooldays that Amitav was given to writing long poems, some of which got published in the “The Doon School Weekly”.
His first job was with The Indian Express Newspaper in New Delhi. In 1999, he joined Queens College, as a distinguished professor in Comparative Literature. In addition, Ghosh was also a visiting professor in Harvard University’s English Department. In the year 2007, Amitav Ghosh was awarded Padma Shri by the Indian Government.
4. Abhinav Bindra
Indian ace shooter, Abhinav Bindra is the current World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle Shooting. At the 2008 OlympicGames, Abhinav created history by becoming the first Indian to win an individual gold medal in the Olympics.
Born to a Punjabi Sikh family Abhinav is also one of the proud alumni of the prestigious Doon School. Only a few are aware that at the age of 15, Abhinav was the youngest participant in Commonwealth Games held in the year 1998.
3. Bunker Roy
Prof. Sanjit ‘Bunker’ is the Indian social activist, educator and founder of Barefoot College. After conducting a number of surveys in almost 100 draught prone areas, he established the Social Work and Research Centre in the year 1972.
The core mission of the organization soon changed from water and irrigation to empowerment and sustainability. Roy received his formal education from the Doon School (1956-62). He was also the Indian National Squash Champion in 1965, 1967 and 1971 as well. Roy was selected as one of the TIME 100 most influential personalities in the world in 2010.
2. Tarun Tahiliani
A widely accepted name in the fashion industry, Tarun is a noted Indian fashion designer and co-founder of Ensemble which is India’s first multi-designer bouquet. His range of clothing is famous for epitomizing designs, quality and sophistication. Tarun studied at the Doon School from where he passed out in the year 1980.
Today, he is best known for his knack for creativity and his ability to beautifully infuse Indian craftsmanship and European tailored silhouette. He has also successfully accomplished various interior designing projects for major hotels, such as The Sofala in Goa, and famous restaurants, like the Aish at the Park in Hyderabad.
1. Rajiv Gandhi
Born to the most famous political family of India, Rajiv Gandhi became the youngest Prime Minister of India in 1984, after he took over the office after the assassination of his mother and the then Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
He was educated at the elite Doon School in Dehradun. Before entering into politics, Rajiv worked for the state owned Indian Airlines as a professional pilot. Initially, Rajiv exhibited no serious interest of joining politics, but it was only after the demise of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi, that he was politically pressurized to enter into politics.
Well, the list doesn’t end here!Do you know other famous celebrities who have Doon School as their alma mater?If yes, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.