India is a democratic country and it is known for its vast diversities based on regions, religions, languages, castes, and cultures. The constitutional book of India is made in such a way that it stands for unity in all these diversities. To protect and practice this constitutional values, we elect Members of Parliament (MPs) at the national level and Member of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) at state levels. Apart from these, we have the President of India and the Supreme Court to guide and protect these values parallelly. Every five years, we choose these MPs and MLAs who take oath on the constitution. The executive head of the country is mainly Prime Minister who is mainly in charge to take care of all irregularities in reaching out the constitutional and fundamental rights to each and every citizen of India.
There are no specific educational qualifications required to be a prime minister. However, the eligibility criteria required to be the Prime Minister of India is that you need to be an Indian citizen, a member of Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha.
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In a democracy, we have the right to choose anyone as our Prime Minister as long as he or she is an Indian citizen. The positive about this is that every citizen is given equal rights, equal chances, and equal values to be PM. But the negative about this is that anyone can be chosen as our PM. An educated, economist or lawyer or engineer can be governed by the uneducated PM.
In today’s modern world, the only criteria to judge for any civilized society is education. Education is the sword of any civilized person to judge between wrong and right. Education helps to know our Fundamental and Constitutional Rights. Education helps to know our purpose of existence in this world. Education helps to guide others and to be guided by others in the right way. And without education, the only option left is to become the part of the crowds without any direction.
Now a day’s, people are becoming uncivilized progressive person. They will say of every good and progressive thing without knowing it. In the last 70 years, we have chosen 14 Prime Ministers. Let’s analyze our all PM on this basic criterion of Educational Qualification.
Jawaharlal Nehru (Law)
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India received his early education at home. He went to London to pursue his further education. He studied Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge. He also studied law.
Lal Bahadur Shastri (Batchelor Degree)
The second Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, was the bachelor’s degree from Kashi Vidya Peeth in Varanasi.
Indira Gandhi (Citation of Distinction)
The first female Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, has also got the Citation of Distinction from the Columbia University.She has also received education from institutes like Ecole Nouvelle, Bex (Switzerland), Ecole Internationale, Geneva, Pupils’ Own School, Poona and Bombay, Badminton School, Bristol, Somerville College, Oxford.
Morarji Desai (Graduate)
Morarji Desai, the fourth Prime Minister of India, did his early education from St. Busar High School. He completed graduation in 1918 from the Wilson Civil Service of the then Bombay Province.
Charan Singh (Civil Lawyer and Graduate)
Charan Singh was the Prime Minister for 170 days. He graduated in science and completed his post-graduation in 1925 from Agra University. He was also a civil lawyer.
Rajiv Gandhi (Mechanical Engineer)
Rajiv Gandhi took over as the PM after his mother’s death. He completed his schooling at Welham Boys’ School and Doon School. He did the course on Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge, and Imperial College, London.
VP Singh (BA, BSc, LLB)
VP Singh was the Prime Minister from December 2, 1989, until November 10, 1990. He graduated from Allahabad and Poona University.
Chandra Shekhar (MA in Political Science)
He was Prime Minister for less than a year. He did his Bachelor of Arts degree from Satish Chandra PG College in Uttar Pradesh and did MA in Political Science from Allahabad University.
PV Narasimha Rao (BSc, LLB)
He did his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Osmania University. He did his Master’s degree in Law from Hislop College.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (MA in Political Science)
He did his graduation from Gwalior’s Victoria College(now Laxmi Bai) with a distinction in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. He received MA in Political Science degree from DAV College, Kanpur.
HD Deve Gowda (Diploma in Civil Engineering)
HD Deve Gowda was the 11th Prime Minister of the country. He did diploma in Civil Engineering from LV Polytechnic.
Inder Kumar Gujral (MA, B.Com)
Inder Kumar Gujral was the 12th Prime Minister of the country, He completed a M.A., B.Com. degree. He has also completed Ph.D.
Manmohan Singh (MA, D Phil)
Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister of India, is one of the most educated among all the Prime Ministers in India. He got his earlier studies from Punjab Universities. He did BA(Hons) in Economics from Punjab University, Chandigarh in 1952. He also stood first in MA(Economics) in 1954. He also studied D Phil at Cambridge and Oxford University
Narendra Modi has been in controversy over his educational qualification. He is said to have a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from School of Open Learning at the University of Delhi and a Master of Arts degree in political science from Gujarat University. There has been a lot of issue going on his degree being fake.