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Dr. Zakir Hussain (February 8, 1897-May  3, 1969) was the third President of India from May 13, 1967 until his death.


Hussain was born in Hyderbad, India,  where his father had migrated from Uttar Pradesh.He went for higher education to Mohammadan Anglo-Oriental College  (now Aligarh Muslim University).He was  know even in those days for his love of knowledge, his wit and eloquence and  his readiness to help his fellow students.


Zakir Hussain, then only 23 and a student  of the M.A. class, was among the small group of students and teachers who  decided to establish a National Muslim University by the name of Jamia Millia  Islamia.Recounting, years later, the  impact of Mahatma Gandhi, he said: “I began my public career at the feet of  Gandhiji, and he has been my guide and inspirer.”


Zakir Hussain’s unceasing quest for  knowledge also took him to Germany in the 1920’s.During his three year stay there, he acquired a deep love for  European art and literature on music and he also got a Doctorate from the  University of Berlin in Economics.


In 1963, he was awarded the highest honour  of the land, the Bharat Ratna for his great service to the nation.After serving as the governor of Bihar from  1957 to 1962, and as the Vice President of India for a term of five years, from  1962 to 1967, Dr.Zakir Hussain was  elected President of India on May 13, 1967.He died in office.