Dr. Zakir Husain

Here we listed out some interesting facts about The Educationist Dr. Zakir Husain, with his Biography, Profile, Facts, Timeline, Awards, Achievemnet, etc

Born: 8 February 1897
Birth Place: Hyderabad, India
Nationality: Indian
Died: 3 May 1969, New Delhi, India
Education: Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Delhi, MAO College, more
Parents: Fida Husain Khan, Naznin Begum
Spouse(s): Shahjehan Begum
Founded: Jamia Milia Islamia
Known as: Former President of India
Awards: Bharat Ratna

  • A great educationist, Dr. Zakir Husain was born on February 8, 1897 at Hyderabad in a Pathan family settled originally in Qaimganj in the district of Farukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, Later his father, Fida Husain khan shifted to Hyderabad alongwith the family.
  • Fida Husain Khan was a lawyer and had seven sons. Zakir Husain was the third son.
  • Zakir Husain was only nine years old when his father passed away and he had to stay with a relative to complete is primary education from the Government School at Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad.
  • His mother died in 1911 during the breakout of plague at Qaimganj.
  • Zakir Husain was a shy but intelligent student; he passed his matriculation examination in 1913 and joined the Aligrah Muslim University. In College he took part in debates and also developed his writing skills.
  • He was a popular student in College, While doing his M.A. he met Gandhiji who had come to visit the Aligarh Muslim University as a part of the non-co-operation movement campaign.
  • Zakir Husain, who was only 23 then, was one of the students who walked out of the Aligarh Muslim University with about a thousand other students in response to Gandhiji’s call of non-co-operation. Gandhiji this became his guide and a great source of inspiration to him.
  • Later Zakir Husain went to Berlin in Germany and returned to India with a Ph.D. degree in Economics. On his return, with the help of distinguished  people like Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Ansari and the Ali brothers he founded an institution, which came to be known as the Jamia Milia Islamia.
  • In 1926, Dr. Zakir Husain was made the Vice-Chancellor of the institution and he spent the next 22 years of his life building up the institution into a distinguished centre of learning which advocated more work-centred, rather than study centered, education. “Earn while you learn” was his moto.
  • It was his experience at the Jamia Milia as well as his deep study of the philosophy of education, which enabled Dr. Zakir Husain to take charge of the scheme of Basic National Education, when it was launched in
  • Zakir Husain was the President of the Hindustani Talimi Sangh, Sevagra, from 1938 to 1948.
  • After the partition in 1947, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad requested Zakir Husain to take up the Vice-Chancellorship of the Aligarh Muslim University, a position that he continued to hold for eight years till 1956, serving on the University Education Commission and subsequently the Press Commission.
  • The Government of India awarded him the ‘Padma Vibhusan’ in 1954 for his excellent works in the field of education.
  • In 1956, Dr. Zakir Husain was elected to the Rajya Sabha and later became the Governor of Bihar. In 1962 he was elected to the office  of Vice-President of India.
  • As Vice-President he visited several countries like Ehiopia, Sudan, United Arab Republic, Tunisia and Morocco and in 1965 he visited places like Kuwait, Jordan, Turkey, and Greece on a goodwill trip. During his  tour to Afghanistan in 1966 he met Khan Abdull Ghaffar Khan (also known as Frontier Gandhi).
  • In 1963 Dr. Zakir Husain was awarded the highest honour of the country the “Bharat Ratna” for his great service to the nation.
  • He was also awarded the D.Litt. (Honoris causa) by the Universities of  Delhi, Calcutta, Aligargh, Allahabad and Cairo.
  • Zakir Husain showed keen interest in literary and academic work. He translated Plato’s “Republic” and Cannnon’s “Elementary Political Economical” into Urdu.
  • His convocation addresses have been collected and published under the title, “The Dynamic University”. He published a book on Mahatma Gandhi in German language and wrote several stories for children.
  • Always dressed in his black sherwani and white churidar pyjama, Dr. Zakir Husain presented a sophisticated, cultured    He had various hobbies and had a beautiful collection of cactii, fossils, paintings and  specimens of calligraphy.  Like Jawaharlal Nehru he too loved roses.
  • On May 13, 1967 Dr. Zakir Husain became the third President of India. He died of a sudden heart attack on May 3, 1969, while in office.
  • He was buried on the grounds of the Jamia Milia University, the University for which he devoted the maximum number of years of his life.

A great educationist Dr. Zakir Husain

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