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Zakir Hussain: Proponent of freedom, secularism and education

Former President Dr. Zakir Hussain was born (February 08, 1897) in Hyderabad and received education at Itawa and Aligarh (from AMU, then called Anglo Muslim Oriental College). He remained pro-active in student politics and later rescinding the college, joined ‘freedom movement’ in association with Mahatma Gandhi,. He was the firm believer in involvement of youth/students in the protest against British rule.

Dr. Hussain was the frontline educationist who founded (1920) National Muslim University which later was known as Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi, a premier centre educational institute. He was appointed as the vice chancellor of AMU (1948) and later became the President of India in 1967. Dr. Zakir Hussain was bestowed with (1963) ‘Bharat Ratna’- the highest civilian award recognizing his contribution to secularism, communal harmony and the education infrastructure. He died on May 3, 1969 and buried in the premises of Jamia Milia Islamia.

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