After being outrightly rejected in the assembly election in four major states, Congress is in the search of a new face to the project as a PM candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2014. Chairman and Indian entrepreneur of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani is one of the probable candidates. Here are the detailed profile, biography, personal information, educational qualifications, and Nandan Nilekani achievements.
After a successful career as CEO of Infosys, Dr. Manmohan Singh appointed Nandan Nilekani as Chairman of UIDAI, a post of Cabinet rank. Since Congressmen realize that there is no magic of Rahul Gandhi among the voters as it has been proved in the last assembly elections, Sonia Gandhi said that PM candidate for Congress would be declared soon.
It means Sonia, too, had realized that Congress needs some new face. Seeing the success of Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi assembly election, Congress is like to project another IITian Nandan Nilekani, who not only has a clean image but also much qualified and comparatively young.
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Profile and biodata of Nandan Nilekani, Chairman Adhar Card
Nandan Nilekani was one of the co-founders of Infosys. After completing his electrical branch from IIT, Mumbai, he appeared in an interview for a job in Patni Computers and was interviewed by N.R. Narayana Murthy in 1978. After 3 years serving for Patni Computers, he, Mr. Narayan Murthy, and 5 other employees left Patni computers and started his own Company and named Infosys. Mr. Nanadan Nilekani was made CEO of Infosys in 2002 and served till April 2007. His closeness with the current Prime Minister and his ability made him Chairman and Indian entrepreneur of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is considered the biggest social project on the planet, and this post was equivalent to Cabinet rank.
Age and date of birth of Nandan Nilekani – Date of birth 2nd June 1955, and his current age is 58 years.
Place of birth and address – He was born in a small town Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka but presently living in Bangalore.
Nandan Nilekani twitter profile – One can follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/NandanNilekani
Website 0f Nandan Nilekani – www.nandannilekani.in
Nandan Nilekani facebook fan page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nandan-Nilekani/140895259296
Early life, educational status, and family of Nandan Nilekani
Nandan Nilekani was born in a Konkani family. His father, Mr. Mohan Rao, worked as General Manager of Mysore and Minerva Mills, and his mother Durga was a housewife. Initial schooling of Nandan Nilekani was from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School and St. Joseph High School Dharwad and later graduated in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai. Nandan Nilekani is married, and his wife is Rohini Nilekani, with whom he met the first time in a quiz contest in IIT. His son and daughter Nihar and Janhavi are already graduated from Yale University.
Career, awards, and achievements of Nandan Nilekani
As mentioned above, he joined Patni Computers after his engineering and later left along with Narayan Murthy and five others and established his own company, Infosys. In 2009 he was made Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He is also among the governors of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and the president of NCAER (the premier independent applied economics research institute in India). He is on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum Foundation and the Bombay Heritage Fund. He wrote a book Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation.
Nandan Nilekani as Prime Minister candidate of Indian National Congress in Lok Sabha 2014
In the so-called semi-final that is Assembly election 2013, it is obvious that Congress has been rejected, and there is no sign of any positive impact of Rahul Gandhi. Hence it may not be the right time to project him as Prime Minister. Further, the extraordinary performance of the Aam Admi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal also posted a message that people are in search of a fresh face with a clean image.
Some speculations have been revealed by Times of India and various other news sites that Congress is planning to project Nandan Nilekani as Prime Minister candidate of the party. He is well educated, able, and comparatively young and has all the characteristics to attract voters, especially the young ones. This can be the last trial of Congress to regain its faith in voters. However, we have seen how a great economist Dr. Manmohan Singh failed badly when entered politics. Will Nandan Nilekani will face the same fate, or he can really lift the image of Congress and India. Will Sonia Gandhi agree to it? Can Nandan Nilekani, if selected as PM candidate of Congress, combat the wave of Narendra Modi. Time will say, and we will be updating every bit of the Lok Sabha election 2014 updates.