From the Brightest to the Best: Presidents of India from 1947 to 2017

Published: | July 20, 2017
From the Brightest to the Best: Presidents of India from 1947 to 2017
  • There are numerous figures in the Indian History who have driven national development.
  • Indian education has produced some of the greatest leaders and other prominent figures.
  • Learn more about the education of Indian Presidents here.

India has never been short of inspiring examples and motivational stories. There are numerous figures in the Indian History that have driven development and growth in various domains including politics, technology, democracy as well as education.

Be it science, medicine, literature or religion, India has always emphasised the importance of education through the centuries. From the religious learning centres ‘Gurukuls’, ancient universities like Nalanda to former structured education that the nation currently embraces, Indian education has produced some of the greatest leaders, business men, scientists and other prominent personalities.

Our generations have been inspired by highly educated leaders throughout the generations including Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and many others. Similarly, India has had some of the highly educated Presidents ever since the Independence.

Here is the list of Indian Presidents and their Achievements in the Field of Education:

Name of the President


Education Qualification

Alma Mater

Ram Nath Kovind

July 20, 2017 to present

  • Bachelor's Degree in Commerce
  • LLB
  • Kanpur University

Pranab Mukherjee

July 25, 2012 to July 20, 2017

  • M.A. in Political Science

Pratibha Patil

July 25, 2007 to July 25, 2012

  • Master's in Political Science and Economics
  • Bachelor in Law degree

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

July 25, 2002 to July 25, 2007

  • Bachelors in Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering

Kocheril Raman Narayanan

July 25, 1997 to July 25, 2002

  • M.A. in English literature
  • Political Science
  • University of Travancore (Now Kerala)
  • London School of Economics

Shankar Dayal Sharma

July 25, 1992 to July 25, 1997

  • Law
  • Punjab University
  • Lucknow University

Ramaswamy Venkataraman

July 25, 1987 to July 25, 1992

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Master's in Economics

Giani Zail Singh

July 25, 1982 to July 25, 1987

  • Religious Education
  • Shaheed Sikh Missionary College, Amritsar

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

July 25, 1977 to July 25, 1982

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws

Basappa Danappa Jatti (Acting)

February 11, 1977 to July 25, 1977

  • Graduation in Law

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

August 24, 1974 to February 11, 1977

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Post-graduation

Varahagiri Venkata Giri

August 24, 1969 to August 24, 1974

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Education in Law

Mohammad Hidayatullah (Acting)

July 20, 1969 to August 24, 1969

  • Undergraduate degree
  • British Law

Varahagiri Venkata Giri (Acting)

May 3, 1969 to July 20, 1969

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Education in the field of Law
  • Khallikote College, Berhampur
  • University College Dublin

Zakir Husain

May 13, 1967 to May 3 1969

  • Religious education
  • Political Science and Law
  • Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College
  • Aligarh Muslim University

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

May 13, 1962 to May 13, 1967

  • Master's in Philosophy

Rajendra Prasad

January 26, 1950 to May 12, 1962

  • Undergraduate degree in Science
  • Presidency College, Calcutta

Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the Honourable President of India and he will be starting office from the session 2017. Like the other proficient Presidents of India, Ram Nath Kovind is also a highly educated leader who began his political career in 1978. He was also selected for the Allied Services of India after clearing the Civil Services exam, however, he quit to make his career in the field of law.

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So here are the Presidents of India who have left their mark for generations to come. With their dedicated service and patriotism, they continue to inspire the youth of India to work for the homogeneous development of the nation.


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