C. V. Ananda Bose

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C. V. Ananda Bose
Born Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala
Residence New Delhi
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Education PhD in Habitat & Environment
Alma mater BITS Pilani, SB College and KE College
Occupation Indian Administrative Service,
Former Secretary to Government of India level Director General of National Museum, New Delhi,
Former managing director of NAFED,
Former Chairman of Coconut Development Board,
Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary to Chief Minister, District Collector.
Awards United Nations Global Best Practice
Singapore Government Award for Urban Green Management Excellence
Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship

C. V. Ananda Bose is an Indian civil servant who served in the Indian Administrative Service.[1] He is notable for not yielding to the corrupt system of the Indian bureaucracy. An eminent administrator, writer, orator and innovator, Dr C. V. Ananda Bose pioneered pathbreaking administrative innovations in rural development, affordable housing, eco-tourism development, redressal of public grievances, women's empowerment, development of weaker sections of society and promotion of art and culture. The innovations have found expression in various developmental programmes that have been executed at the district, state and national levels in India.

It was in the area of low cost housing that Dr Bose pioneered a movement that won international acclaim. He set up the first Nirmithi Kendra (Building Centre) in the country in the Kollam district which became the institutional mechanism for the propagation of cost-effective, environment-friendly (CEEF) building technology. This was positively evaluated by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India (1993). Based on the Kollam model, the Government of India launched the National Building Centre Movement to replicate Nirmithi Kendras (Building Centres) in every district of the country. The Nirmithi Movement was adjudged by the United Nations as one of the Global Best Practices in the field of sustainable human settlement development.

Early in his career, Dr Bose introduced the 'Gramotsava' programme in Kerala wherein the local people were encouraged to actively participate in the village development planning. The initiative, launched in the Kasargode district of Kerala in the 1980s, was subsequently implemented in 200 panchayats across the state.

Dr Bose also founded The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) in the Kollam district during his tenure as Collector. The Council generated high tourism interest in the region and created new job opportunities for the local people. The Government of Kerala subsequently set up similar councils in all 14 districts of the state. DTPCs have made perceptible contributions in positioning Kerala as 'God's Own Country'.

He later pioneered an Eco-Village Programme in the Mannanan Village of the Kottayam district of Kerala wherein the family clusters were encouraged to pursue activities such as organic farming, soil and water conservation through traditional methods, floriculture, horticulture, vermiculture, generation of energy from non-conventional source, homestead forestry, etc., with institutional support, governmental assistance and financial support from different agencies.

As Chairman of the Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai, Dr Bose introduced and reinforced the concept of alternative education wherein people could pursue studies in disciplines in which they did not have prior academic background. He founded the Institute of Alternative Education. He also launched the ASTER Project (Application of Science & Technology in Educational Reforms) which sought to alter the mode of academic delivery through the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

As managing director of Nafed, Dr Bose initiated a few innovative programmes which helped control the price spiral during 2009–10. Christened as 'Farm Gate to Home Gate', this innovation sought to buy agricultural produce directly from the farmers for distribution among the consumers taking only marginal profit. Spurred by the success of this pilot programme in New Delhi, the Easy Market Scheme was envisaged for price control in the rest of the country.

As the Administrator of the National Museum, Dr Bose launched a 100-day programme which spelt out specific measures to revamp and revitalise the institution. Most of the improvements suggested were achieved in 60 days, such as opening the closed down galleries, modernising the display and lighting, launching outreach programmes to take the Museum to the community, arranging children's programme to ignite young minds to the greatness of India's national heritage, organising international exhibitions and launching the People's Museum Movement, to mention a few.[2]

Pursuit of excellence was always central to Dr Bose's role in public administration. His contributions were seldom circumscribed by the call of duty. Instead, he has been engaged in continuous research and field experimentation in developing the most appropriate, people-first solutions. He also took key steps to synergise the various government programmes and schemes to create comprehensive, sustainable and inclusive administrative mechanisms that have since been replicated in multiple domains.

In recognition of this remarkable turnaround of the Museum management and the perceptible makeover of the institution, Government of India asked Dr Bose to continue with this mission even after his retirement from service.


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Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship 1994 awarded by Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund,New Delhi,for Habitat Management UN-Habitat Global Best Practice 1996 for Building Centre Movement UN-Habitat Global Best Practice 2002 for GNN (Sustainable Habitat Development) "Special Habitat Award, 1989" instituted by Government of India and HUDCO for outstanding contributions to Housing in India. Bremen Partnership Award 2001, Germany – for efficient use of Natural Resources. Cities Asia Urban Green Management Excellence Award, 2001 – RIET –PSAE, Singapore. Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Award 1996 for outstanding contribution in the field of propagating Science & Technology in Rural Development. Dr. Pam Davar Award 1997 – for Rural Technology. Akshaya Award 1998 for outstanding contributions in promoting traditional architecture (Vastu) and heritage. Management Leadership Award (TMA) 1997 – Gold Medal Government of India’s nominee for the IYSH MEMORIAL PRIZE Japan Government of India’s nominee for Hassan Fathy Award, Egypt. Rajiv Gandhi National Award for Excellence in Management UNCHS – Awards for Excellence – Good Practice selection for transparent governance P.N. Panicker Award for Social Commitment – 1999 Finalist of the World Habitat Award, UK Finalist of the Water Globe Award – Austria Finalist of the Whitley Award– UK Best Speaker Gold Medal by Kerala University 100 Prices (15 Gold Medals) in Debate and Literary Competitions at National and State Level.