Shankar Dayal Sharma was the ninth president of the country who served from 1992 to 1997. He was appointed as the governor of Andhra Pradesh in 1984. After the elections in Punjab, Sharma was made the governor of Punjab in 1985.
He also became the eighth vice-president of India and ex-office chairman of Rajya Sabha from September 3, 1987, till he assumed the office of the president in 1992 till 1997.
As we remember Shankar Dayal Sharma on his birth anniversary, here’s looking at student life of the ex-president
- He combined his love for study with sports and politics from his student days in Allahabad.
- A good athlete, a cross-country runner, and a champion swimmer, he flirted with journalism in his student days and jumped into politics during the days of the Quit India movement.
- Sharma pursued his higher education at Agra and Lucknow universities. After earning a doctorate in law at the University of Cambridge, he attended Lincoln’s Inn in London and Harvard University.
- Sharma was awarded the Chakravarti gold medal for social service by Lucknow University.
- In 1940, he began his legal practice in Lucknow and soon after joined the Indian National Congress. Sharma’s involvement in the national movement for independence led to his arrest, and he was imprisoned for eight months.
Shankar Dayal Sharma died on December 26, 1999, in a hospital in New Delhi. He was 81.