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Dr. Zakir Husain



Dr. Zakir Husain


Name : Dr. Zakir Husain
3rd President of India
In office
13 May 1967 – 3 May 1969
Date of birth : 8 February 1897
Date of Death : 3 May 1969
Place of birth : Hyderabad, India
Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Father : Fida Hussain Khan

Zakir Hussain , was the third President of India from May 13, 1967 until his death on 3 May 1969. He was born at Hyderabad on February 8, 1897, he came of a Pathan family of the upper middle-class, settled at Qaunganj in the District of Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. His father, Fida Hussain Khan, went to Hyderabad, studied Law and had a most successful career.Unfortunately, he died when Dr. Zakir Hussain was only ten years old. He was educated at Islamia High School in Etawah (U.P.) and at the Anglo-Muhammadan Oriental College, where he was a prominent student leader. He went to the University of Berlin in Germany for higher studies in 1923, returning with a doctorate in Economics three years later. He rejoined the Jamia Millia in February-March, 1926 and became the Shaikhu Jamia (Vice-Chancellor). He was the President of Hindustani Talimi Sangh, Sevagram from 1938 to 1948.

In November 1948, Dr. Zakir Hussain was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University. He was also nominated a member of the Indian Universities Commission. The World University Service made him the Chairman of the Indian National Committee and in 1954 he was elected the World President of the organization. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha and made the Indian representative on the Executive Board of the UNESCO from 1956 to 1958. He remained the Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education, till 1957, a member of the University Grants Commission till 1957, a member of the University Education Commission in 1948-1949 and of the Educational Reorganisation Committee of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. In 1957 he was appointed the Governor of Bihar. After serving as the Governor of Bihar from 1957 to 1962, and as the Vice President of India from 1962 to 1967, Hussain was elected President of India on May 13, 1967. In his inaugural speech he said that the whole of India was his home and all its people were his family. Dr. Zakir Hussain was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1954 and Bharat Ratna in 1963. He is the first Indian President to die in office on the 3rd day of May, 1969.

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