Pratibha Patil: President, India, 2007-2012
Pratibha Devisingh Patil was born on December 19, 1934 in Maharashtra, India. She obtained her Master's degree in Political Science and Economics at Mooljee Jetha College, and then also earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai. She started her professional career by practicing law in her home district court in Jalgaon and took special interest in issues related to improving the lives of Indian women. In 1961, she was elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, then subsequently became a member of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Parliament of India) from 1985 to 1990 where she served as Deputy Chairwoman from 1986 to 1988. In 1991, Patil was elected as a member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha (House of the People). In 2007, Pratibha Patil was elected President and she became the 12th President of India and first woman to hold the office. Immediately prior to her election as President of India, Patil served as the Governor of Rajasthan. She is a part of the United Progressive Alliance party. Post presidency, Patil set up Vidya Bharati Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, an educational institute serving schools and colleges in Amravati, Jalgaon, and Mumbai in Maharashtra. She also set up Shram Sadhana Trust, an organization which runs hostels for working women in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune, as well as Bambhori Engineering College in Jalgaon. She has two children, a son and a daughter.
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