The Vice President of India, Mohd Hamid Ansari has condoled the passing away of former Governor, A R Kidwai on Wednesday.
In a message, he said that Kidwai upheld the highest Gandhian values and served the Nation as a freedom fighter, an able administrator, a Member of the Parliament and an educationist.
“I am deeply grieved to learn about the demise of A R Kidwai, former Governor of Bihar, Haryana and West Bengal. In a life dedicated to public service, Kidwai upheld the highest Gandhian values and served the Nation as a freedom fighter, an able administrator, a Member of the Parliament and an educationist,” he added.
He was born in 1920 in Baragaon village of Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh to Father Ashfiqur Rehman Kidwai and mother Nasimunnisa.
Dr Kidwai started his professional career as the Professor and head of Department of Chemistry and Dean of Faculty of Science at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Kidwai then went on to become the Chairman of Union Public Service Commission-UPSC, Government of India from 1974 to 1977. He was Governor of Bihar twice, from 1979 to 1985 and 1993 to 1998, and Governor of West Bengal from 1998 to 1999.
He was Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University from 1983 to 1992 and has also been the director of the Jammu & Kashmir Bank. Kidwai was a member of the Rajya Sabha from January 2000 to July 2004. He was the Governor of Haryana from 7 July 2004 to 27 July 2009. After Pratibha Patil’s resignation as Governor of Rajasthan in June 2007, he was asked to take over that position as well, serving as Governor of the state until S K Singh took office on 6 September 2007.
In addition to his political career, he has been a champion for promoting research and development and elevating the status of women by education and self-reliance. He continues to serve as the Chairman of Institute of Marketing and Management, New Delhi and President of Vocational Education Society for Women