India’s 14th President – Ram Nath Kovind:
“भारत के 14 वें राष्ट्रपति – रामनाथ कोविंद”
Ram Nath Kovind (born 1 October 1945) is the newly elected President of the Republic of India. He was a former Dalit leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, served as the Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017 and was a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006. Kovind won the 2017 Indian presidential election and will assume office on 25 July 2017.
Education of Ram Nath Kovind:
President Kovind was born in Paraukh village in the Kanpur Dehat district, Uttar Pradesh. His father Maikulal was a landless Kori (a Dalit weaving community) who ran a small shop to support his family. He was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters. He was born in a mud hut, which eventually collapsed. He was only five when his mother died of burns when their thatched dwelling caught fire. Mr Kovind later donated the land to the community.
After his elementary school education, he had to walk each day to Khanpur village, six kilometres away, to attend a junior school. Nobody in the village had a bicycle. He holds a Bachelors degree in commerce and an LLB from DAV College, (affiliated with Kanpur University)
After graduating in law from a Kanpur college, Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the civil services examination. He passed this exam on his third attempt, but he did not join as he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS and thus started practising law. He was Central Government Advocate in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and served as a Central Government standing counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993.
In 1978, he became an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India. He practised in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years until 1993. He was also enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the bar council of Delhi. As an advocate he provided free legal aid to weaker sections of society, women and the poor under the Free Legal Aid Society in New Delhi. He also served as the personal assistant of Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai in 1977-1978.
He joined the BJP in 1991. He was President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and President of the All-India Koli Samaj.
On 8 August 2015, the President of India appointed Kovind as Governor of Bihar. On 16 August 2015, the acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court, Iqbal Ahmad Ansari, administered the oath to Kovind as the 36th Governor of Bihar. The function took place at Raj Bhawan, Patna.
As Governor, he was praised for constituting a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in promotion of undeserving teachers, miss-management of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities