Ram Nath was born on 1st October 1945 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh in a farmer’s family. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and LLB from DAV College.
Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for civil service exams. He cleared in his third attempt and chose allied services instead of IAS.
He started practicing Law and was a Central Government Advocate in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979.
In 1978 he became Advocate on record of the Supreme Court of India. He practiced in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for about 16 years.
As an advocate, he provided free legal aid to the weaker sections of the society, women and the poor under the Free Legal Aid Society, Delhi.
Kovind also served as a Personal Assistant to the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai in 1977-1978.
He joined the BJP in 1991 and became the President of the BJP ‘Dalit Morcha’ and ‘All India Koli Samaj’. He also served as the National spokesperson of the party.
In 1994 he was elected as a Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh and served a total of twelve years as an MP in two consecutive terms.
As Member of Parliament, he served on the Parliamentary Committee for the welfare of Scheduled Caste/Tribes, Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Law and Justice.
Kovind focussed on education in rural areas by establishing schools in U.P and Uttrakhand.
Ram Nath Kovind was also into Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta. He also represented India at the United Nations and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.
On 8th August 2015 he was made the Governor of Bihar.
As a Governor he was praised for constituting a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in appointment of undeserving teachers, mis–management of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities.
Ram Nath Kovind succeeds Pranab Mukherjee as the 14th President of India on 20th July, 2017.