List of Mayoites

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Alumni of Mayo College and now Mayo College Girls School are often referred to as Old Mayoites, they include statesmen, writers, athletes, businesspersons, and diplomats. Well-known Mayoites include:


Name Profession Notability
Jaideep Mehrotra Artist He started his sojourn since 1967 and has 18 solo shows and more than 30 Groups to his credit.

Civil Servants[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Ravindra Nath Mathur DGP, Assam (IPS 1973) Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service
Ajay Vikram Singh Bagsuri Secretary of Defence Secretary of Defence Govt of India.
Ashok Pal Singh Joint Secretary (Batch of 1976) Joint Secretary, Government of India. Indian Postal Service
K.C. Verma Secretary (Security) Served as Director General, Narcotics Control Bureau and Director Research and Analysis Wing, India
Naresh Dayal Additional Secy. Ministry of Environment & Forests, Delhi.
Divyanshu Mittal Deputy Head of Sports One World Week 2014.
Probir Sen Director, India International Centre Member of the Indian Administrative Service. Served as Principal Secretary, Commerce & Industry in the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, former Chairman & Managing Director of Air India & Indian Airlines
Shri Krishan Chander Sehrawat Retd. ADJ District Courts, Served in Prosecution Department of Govt. of India Haryana
S.R. Mohanty Member, IAS Managing Director, Industrial Development Corporation of Madhya Pradesh
Thakur Umaid Singh IAS officer Ex-Director tourism Rajasthan, Director Industries Rajasthan


Name Profession Notability
Dr. Bentval Ravindra Prabhu Researcher Awarded the Queen's Award for Forestry by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace
Vikram Najappa Naturalist
VP Singh Badnore Member of Parliament and Chairman, Task Force, Forest & Wildlife Management, Rajasthan He is known for presenting a comprehensive report on the revival of Sariska which also deals with the saving and protection of Tigers in Rajasthan. He has recently been given the position of the Chairman of the Steering Committee to implement the report.


Name Profession Notability
K. Natwar Singh, Cantab. Indian Foreign Service,Member of Parliament Has Been Awarded Padma Bhushan. Served as Ambassador to Pakistan and as Minister of External Affairs
Gurjit Singh IFS Officer Ambassador of India to Ethiopia and Djibouti, Permanent Representative of India to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. He has been associated with the implementation of India’s Africa Policy culminating in the successful India-Africa Summit in May 2011 in Addis Ababa. Currently, India's ambassador to Indonesia, Timor-Leste and the ASEAN . Author of 'The Abalone Factor' on India-Japan business relations and ' The Injera and the Paratha' on developing the India Ethiopia engagement.
Jitendra Daulat Singh IFS Officer Ambassador of India to Norway
Inderjeet Singh Masuda IFS Officer Ambassador of India to Morocco
Raja Narendra Singh of Sarila, Cantab. Royalty, IFS Officer He has served as the ADC to Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Governor General of India, was India's Ambassador to Spain, Brazil, Libya, Switzerland and France.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla IFS Officer 1979 batch of Mayo - current Indian Ambassador to Thailand.
Sanjay Singh IFS Officer Ambassador of India to Iran


Name Profession Notability
Dr. Sushil Wadhwani Banker Bank of England Monetary policy Committee. Former London School of Economics Reader (7 years), he was appointed a full-time independent member of the Monetary Policy Committee after various private sector roles including Director, Equity Strategy at Goldman Sachs.
Dr. Yashwant Thorat Banker Served as Chief General Manager & Executive Director, The Reserve Bank of India & as Managing Director of NABARD
Dr. Rakesh Mohan Banker Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Media and journalism[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Vir Sanghvi Editor Editor, Hindustan Times, Talk-Show Host[1]
Charu Sharma Anchor Sports anchor on television
Ashok Mahadevan Editor Editor in Chief of Readers Digest, India
Tunku Varadarajan Editor Editor, Newsweek
Siddharth Varadarajan Editor Editor, The Hindu and Visiting Professor of Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley[2]
Dhiren Bhagat (Oxon) Journalist, Poet Died at 31 in Tokyo. Wrote for the Spectator (London), the Sunday Observer, the Indian Post, and the Illustrated Weekly of India, the Telegraph, the Hindustan Times, the Indian Express, India Today, Sunday, Harpers and Queen, and the London Magazine. Also wrote short stories and poetry.[3]
Manvendra Singh Member of Parliament, Editor Ex Assistant Editor, Indian Express
Jairaj Singh Editor Editor of Time Out, Delhi



Name Profession Notability
Jaswant Singh Politician Finance Minister of India (1996 & 2004), External Affairs Minister of India (1998) & Minister of Defence for India
K. Natwar Singh (Cantab.) Indian Foreign Service & Politician He was Member of Parliament, has received Padma Bhushan. Served as Ambassador to Pakistan and as Minister of External Affairs
Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh Army Officer Has been awarded PVSM, AVSM and was the Governor of Assam
Rajendra Narayan Singh Deo Politician Former Chief Minister of Orissa
Deepender Singh Huda Politician Member of Parliament, Rohtak
Nawab Aimanuddin Khan Politician Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Manvendra Singh Politician Member of Parliament
Dalip Singh Judeo Politician Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Sumayal S. Shrestha Politician Voting member of Constituent Assembly, Federal Republic of Nepal, daughter of Smt. Kohinoor S. Shrestha
Jitendra Singh Politician AICC Secy & Maharaja of Alwar
V.P. Singh Politician Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
HH Maharaja Bhanu Prakash Singh of Narsinghgarh Politician Former Governor of Goa, former Union Minister.
Kunwar Bhim Singh Mandawa Politician Member of Legislative Assembly, Deputy Home Minister Rajasthan, 1962. Member of Parliament, Jhunjhunu.(Lok Sabha) 1980.
Thakur Ganpat Singh Politician Member of Legislative Assembly, Ajmer, 1951.
Bhawani Singh of Pokhran Politician Member 1st Lok Sabha (1952)[4]


Name Profession Notability
Vikram Chandra Writer Wrote Red Earth & Pouring Rain (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, and the David Higham Prize for Fiction), Sacred Games, etc. (Senior Lecturer in English at the University of California Berkeley[5]
Indra Sinha, Cantab. Writer Author, Animal's People, short-listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Winner of 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Europe and South Asia; The Death of Mr Love; The Cybergypsies (non-fiction); Tantra (non-fiction); Kama Sutra (Translation)
Ruchir Joshi Writer Author of The Last Jet-Engine Laugh and of Electric Feather, India's first anthology of erotica.[3]
Sudeep Chakravarti Writer Author of Tin Fish, a novel set in Mayo College,[6] and two important non-fiction works Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country (2008, 2009; Viking/Penguin) and Highway 39: Journeys through a Fractured Land (2012; 4th Estate, an Imprint of HarperCollins)
Raja Narendra Singh of Sarila, Cantab. Royalty, IFS Officer Wrote a book titled "The Shadow of the Great Game, Untold Story of India's Partition" which throws light on some aspects of the partition not known earlier. Has also recently published his autobiography entitled "Once a Prince of Sarila".[7]
R Chandrasekhar Writer Author of The Goat, the Sofa, and Mr. Swami and The School of Core Incompetence [8]
Lt. HH Maharaja Rana Sir Shri Rajendra Singhji Dev Bahadur Of Jhalawar, Oxon. Royalty, Writer Born 15 July 1900, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and at Oxford University, served as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army, keen photographer and poet, he composed poetry under the pen name of ‘Sudhakar’ and Urdu Shairi using the name of ‘Makhmoor’
Airavat Singh Writer Wrote 'Op Kartikeya- Round Five in South Asia'. The book is a military thriller set in the Indian Sub-continent & describes events leading up to a war between India & Pakistan in 2005.
A.S. Bhatia Writer Wrote "Mayo College-The heritage school".
Maroof Raza Defence Analyst, Writer, Educationalist He has authored two books, "Low-Intensity Conflicts" & "Wars and No Pace over Kashmir" He was Defence Correspondent at NDTV as well as Associate Editor of the Indian Defence Review. Currently, he is Middlesex University's Regional Director (South Asia) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the War Studies Department of King's College, London. He graduated from St. Stephens College, King's College London & Cambridge University

Armed Forces[edit]

  • Brigadier Apji Randhir Singh (b 1905): Winner of the Gold Medal at Sandhurst, United Kingdom
  • HH Maharao Shri Bhim Singh II: Honorary Brigadier in the Indian Army and also Honorary Colonel of the 17 Poona Horse. During the Second World War he was a member of the Viceroy's War Council. Up-Rajpramukh of Rajasthan State 1948/1956. He has also served as India's alternate delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1956
  • Lt. Gen. Nathu Singh Rathore: The first Lt. General of the Indian Army. He was favoured by Field Marshal Claude Auchinleck to be the first Indian Army Chief, but declined the position to Jawaharlal Nehru because he felt it would not be fair to supersede his senior General Cariappa.
  • Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, PVSM, AVSM: Governor of Assam
  • Lt Gen Aditya Singh: C in C, Andamans, C in C Southern Command
  • Lt Gen Randhir Singh (Retd.)
  • Lt Gen Yadav
  • Lt Gen Surendra Kulkarni
  • Lt. Gen (Retd) Karan Singh Yadava, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM (1968 Batch)
  • Lt. General Surendra Kulkarni, VSM
  • Lt. HH Maharaja Rana Sir Shri Rajendra Singhji Dev Bahadur 1929/1943 (Of Jhalawar), born 15 July 1900, educated at Mayo College, Ajmer and at Oxford, served as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army, keen photographer and poet, he composed poetry under the pen name of ‘Sudhakar’ and Urdu Shairi using the name of ‘Makhmoor’
  • Maj Gen Vikas Kapur
  • Maj Gen Rajender Yadav
  • Maj Gen Satya Narayan Yadav
  • Maj Gen Bhawani Shankar Das (Batch of 1972, B.T. House)
  • Brigadier Thakur Pratap Singhji: V.S.M., A.D.C., Served in the Indian Territorial Army and later entered politics and served as a Member of Legislative Assembly from Jaitaran Constituency
  • Air Mshl (Retd) GS Kochhar
  • Lt. Gen K Umrao Singh of Chomu, GOC of Siliguri based 33 Corps
  • Brig Alok Singh Kler. Armoured Corps. (Batch of 1979). Presently posted at Delhi.
  • Colonel P P Singh (Batch of 1982)

Commerce and Industry[edit]


  • Ravi Kant: Managing Director of Tata Motors
  • Rohit Arora: Managing Director of GEA Group, India. (IIT Bombay, Pennsylvania State and Boston University)
  • Anand Sagar Bhatia: Former Executive Director of the State Trading Corporation of India & Former Chairman of the Cement Corporation Of India (CCI)
  • Arjun Mirdha: President & CEO of JCB North America

Energy & Petrochemicals



  • Anil Patni: General Manager, Corporate Affairs at Bharti Walmart

Alcoholic Beverages and Distilleries

  • Lalit Khaitan: Chairman & Managing Director of Radico Khaitan.[9]
  • Karan Grover: Director, Grover Vineyards Ltd.[10]

Information Technology

  • Saurav Adhikari: President of Corporate Strategy at HCL Technologies
  • George Jacob: Group Vice President of CRM, Oracle Corporation, Fremont, California

Finance & Banking

  • Yogen Dalal: Venture Capitalist, Managing Director of the Mayfield Fund, PhD, Stanford University, BTech, IIT-Bombay,[11][12]
  • Gautam Vir: CEO, Development Credit Bank (Graduated from IIM-A and worked at Bank of America and Citi)[13]
  • Arvind Sethi (Oxon): CEO and MD, Tata Asset Management Ltd.[14]
  • Pranaam Wahi: Country Head, DSB.
  • Aishwarya Katoch: Director of IndiaBulls.
  • Arun Sahu: Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Japan, in Tokyo.
  • Harpal Dugal: Former CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, India and now CEO of Dubai financial group
  • Surendra Daulat Singh: former Banker (BBME, Grindlays Bank etc.), C.E.O. Executive Search
  • Pradeep Saxena: Ex Managing Director & CEO, ING Barings, India
  • Pankaj Karna: Founder & Managing Director, Maple Capital Advisors, Ex-Partner & Head M&A, Grant Thornton & Director Rabobank, India
  • PJ Nayak: Chairman and Managing Director, Axis Bank[15] and Counrty Head Morgan Stanley[16]
  • Parminder Soin: Managing Director, UBS AG Wealth Management, Singapore
  • Aditya Mishra: Head of Indian Subcontinent/ NRI Banking at Credit Suisse, London [17]

Advertising & Marketing

  • Arvind Wable- Executive Director & CEO (Delhi & Singapore offices), DraftFCB+Ulka Advertising (Indian arm of Foote Cone & Belding Advertising), Graduated from St. Stephens College, Delhi School of Economics & IIM-A
  • Param Saikia: CEO of JWT Malaysia
  • Pradeep Mansukhani: COO at Brand Marketing India. (IIT Kharagpur, IIM Bangalore) Erstwhile CEO Sales & Marketing at Marico, Head Marketing at the Consumer Banking Division of Standard Chartered India
  • Mohit Beotra: Head, Emerging Business at Airtel. Erstwhile head of Lowe Lintas, North India
  • Bunty Peerbhoy: Chairman of MAA Bozell Communications
  • Anvar Alikhan: Executive Creative Director and Head at JWT Hyderabad
  • Vivek Bali: Vice President and Business Head, Reliance Retail Ltd
  • Neeraj Nayar: Founder & Chairman The FAB Awards London and President, Contagious Communications
  • Rahul Bhandari: Former Director Frontline Group ($1bn Magazine Distbn.), erstwhile GM of Sanyo, UK, erstwhile Director at [Lucas Aftermarket, erstwhile Director of Granada Computer Services, Director Technicolor, CEO Winde Transcar BV. MBA from London Business School



Film and theatre[edit]

Vivek Oberoi at Sailor Today Awards

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Goldie Behl at Suzanne Roshan's The Charcoal Project Launch.
Name Profession Notability
Ajay Mehta Hollywood Actor He has appeared in many TV shows, including Eli Stone, Sex and the City, Numb3rs, CSI: NY, Modern Family and Outsourced, etc. He played Citigroup CEO, Vikram Pandit, in the television movie Too Big to Failand, and as the leader of India in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Tinnu Anand Actor, Film Director He has worked in more than 100 Bollywood movies.
Vivek Oberoi Actor Know for Shootout at Lokhandwala, Omkara (2006 film), Yuva, etc.
Rishi Kapoor Actor He is a very well known actor and is the son of Raj Kapoor.
Sagarika Ghatge Actress Know for her role in Chak De India
Aamir Raza Hussain Director, Actor Well known Theatre Personality, Recipient of the Padma Shree Award
Goldie Behl Director, Producer He has Directed and written Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai and Drona (2008 film). He has also Produced London, Paris, New York.
Aditya Lakhia Actor and Director Has appeared in Lagaan, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, etc.
Samir Karnik Director, Producer Has Directed Heroes (2008 film), Yamla Pagla Deewana, Kyun! Ho Gaya Na..., etc.
Heeraz Marfatia Filmmaker He Directed Birju,[19] which won awards at Sundance Film Festival & the Berlin Film Festival
Imran Mashkoor Khan Actor Has worked in Millee, Kulvadhu, Dil se Dosti and 50 Day War a production by Aamir Raza Hussain
Karan Kundra TV Actor Lead role in Kitni Mohabbat Hai
Pradip Krishen Filmmaker Married to Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy, Krishen read at St Stephens College, New Delhi and at Oxford before teaching History at Delhi University
Ashok Tyagi Filmmaker Dean (Cinema) Asian School of Media Studies.
Rahul Singh Actor Mayo College Batch of 1990
Aditya S.Chopra Assistant Director(MOD)


Name Profession Notability
Justice Kamaljeet Singh Garewal Judge Sitting Judge at United Nations
Justice Raghuvendra Singh Rathore Judge Rajasthan High Court
Mr. Sharat S. Javali Advocate Supreme Court of India
Justice Dalip Singh Kunadi Judge Rajasthan High Court
Justice Ashutosh Mohanta Judge Haryana High Court
Ashok Sagar Lawyer Lawyer specializing in Indirect taxation, Supreme Court of India and Senior Partner of Kachwaha & Partners, a prominent New Delhi based law firm.
Mr. K. C. Sehrawat A.D.J. Retired from Judiciary Dept. of District Courts in Haryana; Legal Advisor to many Firms/Companies & Industries, Support member of Prosecution Team of Sr. Advocates in Supreme Court
Ranjeev C Dubey Lawyer Managing Partner N South, Advocates, a leading Gurgaon based full service law firm.

Indian police services[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Ravindra Nath Mathur IPS officer Director General of Police (IPS 1973), Assam - Presidents Police Medal for Distinguished Service
JK Dutt IPS officer Head and Commander [20] of India’s National Security Guard.[21] Awarded the Police Medal for Gallantry in 1977, Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 1988 and the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1997.
Late Jaspal Singh Director Police Training Institute at Hyderabad
K. C. Verma DGP Director Research and Analysis Wing and Narcotics Control Bureau [22]
Ajay Saxena IPS officer Inspector General of Police, Uttaranchal Police
Arup Patnaik IPS officer Additional Director-General, Commissioner of Police, Mumbai Maharashtra. Police Medal for Meritorious Service and President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service
Ajay Kumar IPS officer (IPS Batch of 1967) Winner of the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Service
Omendra Bhardwaj Police officer (IPS Batch of 1970) Director General of Prisons Rajasthan
Rajesh Nirwan IPS officer (IPS Batch of 1986) Inspector General of Police, Jaipur - Special Operation Group
Amar Pratap Singh Director He was the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation when the 2G Spectrum case had taken place.[23]

Sportspersons and athletes[edit]

Name Profession Notability
Lokendra Singh Ghanerao Captain Indian Polo Team Captain at the World Cup
Apji Vijai Singh Polo player Represented India in Polo tournaments in Australia, Brunei, Nigeria and USA
Arun Lal Cricketer Test Cricketer and Sports Broadcaster[15]



Chhavi Rajawat at the World Economic Forum on India 2012.jpg

Chhavi Rajawat at the World Economic Forum on India.
Name Profession Notability
Jiggs Kalra Chef Celebrity Chef[25]
Raghuvendra Rathore Fashion Designer Comes from the Royal Family of Jodhpur[26]
Dr. Amit Goyal Scientist, Inventor Named as one of the world's Top 100 Innovators by MIT. Among the numerous national and international awards he has received the "Pride of India" Gold Award (sponsored by the NRI Institute) from the Ambassador of India in 2007.
Rajan Suri Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree from Cambridge University and MS and Ph.D from Harvard University. He is an emeritus Professor of Industrial Engineering.
Thakur Ranbir Singh Executive Secretary of Bharatiya Natya Sangh 1962/1965, Vice Chairman of Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy for two terms, Cultural Advisor to the Government of Mauritius 1976/1981
Atul Khanna Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland Founder and Chairman of the Board of Systems Biology Worldwide, he was awarded by the President of the Republic of Finland.[27]
Karan Grover Architect Award-winning Architect [28]
Sanjay Puri Architect Award-winning Architect [29]
Vineet Gupta Architect Director of Planning, Boston Transportation Department [30]
Pratyoosh Chandan Designer Award-winning Designer [31]
Chhavi Rajawat Sarpanch Soda Village
Anirudh Chaudhry Secretary Haryana Cricket Association. Also Treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India

Cited references[edit]

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  2. ^ "Biography of Siddharth Varadarajan on Charlie Rose". 2006-02-28. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ a b Mordant Masterpiece; Tehelka; September 12, 2012
  4. ^ "Members Bioprofile: First Lok Sabha". Lok Sabha website. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  5. ^ The writer as a loner; By Aishwarya Mavinkurve; July 14, 1998; Indian Express Newspaper, Vikram Chandra's Website
  6. ^ Tin Fish: Recreating the wonder years; Shantanu Dutta, 27 Oct 2007; merinews Power to People, Tin Fish by Sudeep Chakravarti; Published July 2005; Penguin Books India
  7. ^ Raja Narendra Sarila's biography
  8. ^ Ranjeev Dubey: Corporate Lawyer and columnist, Author of 'Bullshit Quotient: Decoding India's Corporate, Social and Legal Fineprint' (Hachette, 2012) and of 'Winning Legal Wars' (Macmillan, 2003)
  9. ^ Lalit Khaitan's biography from Bloomburg Businesswekk Website
  10. ^ Profile of Mr. Karan Grover of Grover Vineyards Ltd. Website
  11. ^ Yogen's biography from the Mayfield Website
  12. ^ "Yogen's Interview in the Wall Street Journal (Mint)". 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  13. ^ Wall Street Journal Interview with Gautam Vir[dead link]
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  24. ^ "Biography of Siraj Husain, Director's Page, Indian Institute of Astrophysics". Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
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  29. ^ dated Feb 11, 2012
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