Jindal was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Amar and Raj Jindal, who came to the United States as immigrants from Punjab, India.
Jindal attended Baton Rouge Magnet High School, graduating in 1988.
always had his
eye on, first of all, where he
wanted to go, and second, how he
was going to get there," said a former teacher.
competed in tennis tournaments, started a computer newsletter, a retail candy business, and a mail-order software company.
free time working at the concession stands during LSU football games.
was one of 50 students nationwide admitted to the elite PLME program at Brown University
, guaranteeing him a place in medical school.
was interested in public policy.
also completed a second major in biology.
graduated in 1991 at the age of 20, with honors in both majors.
Jindal was named a member of the 1992 USA Today All-USA Academic Team.
was accepted by both Harvard Medical School
and Yale Law School
, but studied at New College
, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.
He received an M.Litt. degree in political science with an emphasis in health policy from the University of Oxford in 1994 for his thesis "A needs-based approach to health care" He turned down an offer to study for a D.Phil. in politics, but instead joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
was raised in a Hindu household, but converted to Christianity while in high school.
first year at Brown University
was baptized according to the Roman Catholic rite.
family attends weekly Mass at Saint Aloysius Parish
in Baton Rouge.
Jindal's mother, Raj (Pal) Jindal, is an information technology director for the Louisiana Department of Labor and served as Assistant Secretary to former State Labor Secretary Garey Forster during the administration of Governor Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. Prior to immigrating to the United States, his parents were both lecturers in an Indian engineering college.
According to Jindal
mother was already four months pregnant with him when they arrived from India.
Jindal has a younger brother, Nikesh, who is a registered Republican and supported his brother's campaign for Governor.
Nikesh went to Dartmouth College and then Yale Law School, where he graduated with honors.
He is now a lawyer in Washington, D. C. Jindal's nickname dates to his childhood identification with a sitcom character.
has said, "Every day after school, I'd come home and I'd watch The Brady Bunch.