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Rajendra Singh Pawar
Rajendra Pawar at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg
Pawar at the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit 2008
Born (1951-03-06) 6 March 1951 (age 71)
Nationality India
Alma materIIT Delhi
ChildrenUdai Singh Pawar, Urvashi, Unnati
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2011)

Rajendra Singh Pawar (Padma Bhushan awardee[5]) is an Indian entrepreneur, Chairman and Co-Founder of NIIT Limited[1], a leading global talent development corporation, established in 1981. He also founded NIIT University[6], a not-for-profit university in Neemrana, Rajasthan, in 2009.

Early life and education

Pawar was born on 6 March 1951. He completed his schooling from Scindia School in Gwalior. He graduated from the IIT, Delhi in 1972 and was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University in 2005.[7]


Pawar founded NIIT Limited with Vijay Thadani in 1981 with investment from Shiv Nadar.[8]

Pawar is a member of the National Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development. He heads the Quality Committees of various Industry bodies, including the South African President's International Advisory Council (PIAC) on Information Society.[9]

He has led several ICT industry initiatives and played a significant part in shaping the IT policies of the Government of India.[10] Pawar has worked closely with the country's educational institutions. He is on the Board of Governors of India's first[4] global business school, the Indian School of Business; and the Scindia School.[3]

Personal life

His wife, Neeti Pawar, is a philanthropist. Pawar has three children, a son Udai Singh Pawar, who is a techie turned film director, and two daughters Urvashi and Unnati[11]

Awards and honours


  1. ^ a b "NIIT Board of Directors". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ "NIIT University Leadership". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Board of Governors". The Scindia School. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "ISB Governing Board | Indian School of Business | Indian School of Business (ISB)". Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. ^ "List of Padma awardees for 2011". Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Founders".
  7. ^ a b "Govt announces Padma Awards". 25 January 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Nair, Radhika P. "NIIT pioneered IT education in India". The Economic Times. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  9. ^ "ICS- Institute of Chinese Studies : Advisory-board".
  10. ^ ET Bureau (27 April 2011). "NIIT's Pawar appointed Nasscom chairman - Economic Times". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  11. ^ Singh, Kishore (20 January 2013). "Breakfast with BS Rajendra Pawar". Business Standard India. Business Standard.
  12. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 October 2015. ()