India gets its first IIT-IIMer as MP

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Prem Das Rai
New Delhi, Jun 2: Prem Das Rai, the lone member from Sikkim elected to the 15th Lok Sabha is the first ever IIT-IIMer to become a Member of Parliament (MP). Rai, 54, hopes to contribute his bit in changing the way Parliament and MPs are viewed in the country.

This IIT-Kanpur and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus right now is getting himself accustomed with the new job. "First, I need to look at the benchmarks of what constitutes a good MP. We are at a crossroads. People this time have voted for stability but they have also voted for better parliamentarians and parliamentary processes," said Rai to the media. Prem Das Rai belongs to Sikkim Democratic Front party.

Though he admits that he had entered an uncharted territory, Rai believes that his IIT and IIM skill set would be handy in Parliament. Rai, after completion of MBA in 1978 joined an American Bank in Calcutta. But a meeting with the then Governor of Sikkim, B B Lal, changed the course of his life. He urged Rai to go back to Sikkim and serve the state. Rai later joined the state government enterprise and now the first MP with an IIT and IIM background is all set to serve the nation.

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