Mr Prem Das Rai, one of the most distinguished alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, is an Indian politician from the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party. He has been associated with the party since its formative years and has helped shaping the party’s manifesto and vision. Mr Rai has held all the key posts in the party including being the party’s General Secretary. In 2009, he earned the distinction of being the first and only Member of Parliament with degrees from both an IIT as well as an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) after being elected to the Lok Sabha from the Sikkim constituency.
Mr Rai continues to work towards the betterment of the Sikkimese people. Being a technology and a management expert, Mr. Rai is credited for introducing IT and Sustainable Eco-tourism to Sikkim. Through social networking, he has facilitated exchange programmes and promoted diversity. He has played a crucial role in strengthening the network of NGOs and creating an environment for a proactive Sikkimese civil society. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship (USA) for making tremendous contributions to Sikkim’s economic and industrial growth.