Dr. Zakir Husain Short Biography – Childhood, Achievements & Facts

Dr. Zakir Hussain was the third President of India, a great educationist and thinker and top of all a staunch follower of Gandhian principles and philosophy.

 Dr. Zakir Hussain was born at Hyderabad on  February 8, 1897. His father’s name was Fida Hussain  Khan. After completing his early education at the Islamia  High School at Etawah, he joined the Anglo Muhammadan Oriental College (Now Aligarh Muslim University)  for higher education. In 1918 he cleared his graduation (Honours). But he quit study on the call of Mahatma Gandhi during the Non-cooperation Movement. Later in  1920 Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Zakir Hussain and many other teachers and students founded the National Muslim  University which turned out to be the  [amia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi. Dr. Zakir Hussain served that educational centre as a teacher for two years from 1920 to 22. He went to  Germany to gain higher educational goals in 1923. He returned to India in  1926 with a doctorate degree in Economics from the Berlin University. He joined the [amia Milia in 1926 as its head and revived its dignity and fortunes which declined considerably in his absence. He dedicated many years of his life to establish it as a top-ranked educational centre and succeeded in it. He poured his immense educational experience in formulating the Basic National Education Scheme which was launched in 1938.  He propagated the teachings and ideals of Mahatma  Gandhi and Hakim Ajmal Khan in the university and nurtured the Indian youth with the spirit of nationalism and patriotism. In this way, he served his country in the national movement through the tool of education. He remained the President of the Hindustani Talimi Sangh,  Sevagram from 1938 to 1948. He was appointed Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University in November 1948. 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 Organisation. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha. He was also the Indian representative on the Executive Board of the UNESCO  from 1956 to 1958. He also served the Central Board of  Secondary Education as its chairman and remained the member of the University Grants Commission. At this time, he had become an eminent educationist, enjoying pan India popularity and worldwide fame. He was appointed the Governor of Bihar in 1957. He remained on this post till 1962. In 1962, he was elected the Vice President of India. After completing his five-year term as the Vice-President of India in 1967 with great constitutional dignity and grace, he was elected the President of  India. But he could not complete his five-year term as the  President of the Republic of India as he passed away on May 3, 1969. Dr. Zakir Hussain was a great intellectual mind, an eminent educationist and a nationalist leader who dedicated his life to the field of education.

  • Dr. Zakir Hussain was the third President of India and the first Muslim to occupy the top constitutional post of India.
  • He was one of the founding members of the Jamia Milia Islamia University.
  • In 1954, he was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan. He was decorated with the Bharat Ratna, the top civilian honour of India in 1963.
  • He translated Plato’s ‘Republic’ and Cannon’s ‘Elementary Political Economy’ into the Urdu language.

One Response

  1. Thanku sir/ma’am..
    Sir plz provide the brand ambassadors of india 2018 list. Thanku..

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