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Famous Indians who have studied abroad

From politicians and journalists to actors and writers, have a look at the famous Indians who have received their higher degrees from the world's top universities.

Barkha Dutt, Columbia University

Burkha Dutt is an Indian television journalist, who emerged as a prominent figure after her frontline war reporting on the Kargil Conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999. She has obtained a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.


Anil Ambani, University of Pennsylvania

Business tycoon Anil Ambani, who is a chairman of Reliance Group is the highly educated billionaire. He did Business Administration at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

According to the Forbes, around 46 per cent of Asian students enrolled in the class of 2020.


Dr. Manmohan Singh, Oxford University

Dr. Manmohan Singh who is an India economist and politicians has received his D. Phil degree in Economics from Oxford University.

He has occupied various governmental positions such as - Chairman of the Planning Commission, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Advisor of the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and many others. Also, he has served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014.


Randeep Hooda, University of Melbourne

Randeep Hooda is an Indian actor, who received his Bachelor's in Marketing and Master's in Business Management from the University of Melbourne.

In the year 2009, Hooda was a guest contributor to "In The Script", a column published by Asian Correspondent. His article titled "Racism against Indians in Australia ...". Hooda wrote about his experience in Australia, where he was subjected to racial discrimination.

In 2011, Hooda began writing a blog for Hindustan Times.


Urjit Patel, Yale University

Urjit Patel is an Indian economist is currently serving as 24th Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) since September 2016.

He received his doctorate in Economics from Yale University. As per DNA reports 2015, there were around 175 Indian students at Yale University.


Salman Rushdie, Cambridge University

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is the famous British Indian Novelist and essayist. Salman, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to literature has studied History at King's College, Cambridge University.

According to Cambridge University statistics, in the year 2014-15, there were around 150 Indian students at the University of Cambridge.


Shashi Tharoor, Tufts University

Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician, who is currently serving as a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009. He did his M.A and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University. Also, he was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and completed his Ph.D. at the age of 22.

According to Forbes around 12.4 per cent of Asians got enrolled for the school year 2016-17 at Tufts University.


Raghuram Rajan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Raghuram Govind Rajan is an Indian economist, who served as the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management.