V. C. Pande


Vinod Chandra Pandey (16 February 1932 – 7 February 2005) was an Indian Civil Servant of the Rajasthan Cadre, and was, notably, Cabinet Secretary in 1989–1990. He was a prolific writer and an erudite astrologer.

Vinod Chandra Pandey
11th Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
In office
12 June 2003 – 15 December 2004
Chief MinisterGegong Apang
Preceded byArvind Dave
Succeeded byShilendra Kumar Singh
18th Governor of Bihar
In office
23 November 1999 – 12 June 2003
Chief MinisterRabri Devi
Nitish Kumar
Preceded bySuraj Bhan
(Additional Charge)
Succeeded byRama Jois
Governor of Jharkhand
(Additional Charge)
In office
4 February 2002 – 14 July 2002
Chief MinisterBabulal Marandi
Preceded byPrabhat Kumar
Succeeded byRama Jois
19th Cabinet Secretary of India
In office
23 December 1989 – 11 December 1990
Prime MinisterV. P. Singh
Preceded byT. N. Seshan
Succeeded byNaresh Chandra
Personal details
Born16 February 1932
Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, British Raj
Died7 February 2005(2005-02-07) (aged 72)
Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Alma materAllahabad University

He was born to a family which contributed two other Cabinet Secretaries (B. D. Pandey and Kamal Pandey).

He was Cabinet Secretary from 23 December 1989 to 11 December 1990 under Prime Minister V. P. Singh (and earlier, revenue secretary under him when the latter was Finance Minister). They had earlier studied together at Allahabad University.

He served as Governor of Bihar (1999–2003), Jharkhand (briefly during 2002), and Arunachal Pradesh (2003–04), as an appointee of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

He had been a bachelor. He was a scholar of Hindi, Pali, and Sanskrit, and a prolific writer in Hindi. He died in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, two months after leaving the governorship of Arunachal Pradesh.

Government offices
Preceded by Governor of Bihar
23 November 1999 – 12 June 2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Jharkhand
4 February 2002 – 14 July 2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
13 June 2003 – 15 December 2004
Succeeded by

Further readingEdit

  • Cabinet Secretariat, India
  • Bihar Raj Bhavan
  • Jharkhand Raj Bhavan
  • Transfer to Arunachal Raj Bhavan
  • Arunachal Raj Bhavan
  • Obituary