A statement from the Rashtrapati Bhavan announced the appointment of Dr. CV Ananda Bose, a former civil servant, as the new governor of West Bengal.

“The President of India is pleased to appoint Dr. CV Ananda Bose as the regular Governor of West Bengal. The above appointment will take effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. For immediate release,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a press release on November 17.

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Who is Dr. CV Ananda Bose?

Indian politician and former official CV Ananda Bose worked for the Indian Administrative Service. He has held positions as a civil servant, housing expert, author, and public speaker, including Secretary to the Government of India, Chief Secretary, and University Vice Chancellor. He served on the UN Habitat Governing Council and is Chairman of the Habitat Alliance, which has consultative status with the organization.

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Bose received the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and is a member of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. Bose has held positions in the ministries of education, labour, and general administration as well as those of district collector, principal secretary, and additional chief secretary.

Bose founded a number of organisations and movements in the areas of good governance, science and technology, agriculture, rural development, and education, including the District Tourism Council, the Habitat Alliance, and Nirmithi Kendra (Building Center).

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He has represented India at the International Fusion Energy Organization (ITER), France, and the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva. He served as the Atomic Energy Education Society’s chairman. His initiatives have been chosen four times by the UN as “Global Best Practice.” He received the National (Special) Habitat award from the Indian government.

He served as the chairman of the Supreme Court committee investigating the treasures of the “Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple.” Bose has written 32 books, including novels, short stories, poems, and essays, in English, Malayalam, and Hindi.

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Bose had the chance to introduce innovations in good governance that could ensure prompt and efficient delivery of public services to the people after he joined the IAS in 1977. The Nirmithi Kendra (Building Center), which he established in 1985 while serving as the district collector of Kollam, has grown into a national network and is now a part of the government’s housing policy.