DR. ZAKIR HUSSAIN
Context: The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, paid homage to Dr Zakir Hussain, former President of India, on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
ABOUT DR. ZAKIR HUSSAIN Hailing from Hyderabad, Dr. Zakir Husain Khan (8 February 1897 – 3 May 1969) was an Indian economist and politician who served as the third President of India, from 13 May 1967 until his death on 3 May 1969. He previously served as Governor of Bihar from 1957 to 1962 and as Vice President of India from 1962 to 1967. He was also the co-founder of Jamia Milia Islamia, serving as its Vice-chancellor from 1928. Under Husain, Jamia became closely associated with the Indian freedom movement. In 1956–58 he served on the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, in 1963. During his presidential tenure, Husain led four state visits to Hungary, Yugoslavia, USSR and Nepal. With the main objective of providing facility for higher education in Ilayangudi, a college was started in his honour in 1970. The Engineering College of Aligarh Muslim University is named after him.
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