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Remembering Dr Zakir Husain, an educationist, intellectual and the third President of India

Thursday - February 8, 2018 2:42 pm , Category : WTN SPECIAL

Great minds are not born very often. Dr Zakir Husain was one of the personalities who fought against all odds in his childhood and contributed in the development of modern India.
Born on February 8, 1897 in Kaimganj, Farrukhabad, his father died when Dr Zakir Husain was ten years of age and mother passed away three years later. He got his PhD degree in Economics from the Frederick William University of Berlin.
He led a small group of students and teachers and together they founded the National Muslim University at Aligarh in October 1920. Five years later, they shifted the university to Karol Bagh before finally shifting it to Jamia Nagar in New Delhi, where it eventually was re-christened as Jamia Milia Islamia University. For more than two decades , he served as Vice Chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia, making it one of the prominent place of learning. He spent his entire life working for the cause of education and value of secularism. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest national honor.

He breathed his last on May 3, 1969 thus becoming the first Indian President to die in office.

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