List of governors of West Bengal

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Governor of West Bengal
পশ্চিমবঙ্গের রাজ্যপাল
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রাজভবন, কলকাতা
Raj Bhavan, Kolkata
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Jagdeep Dhankhar

since 30 July 2019 (2019-07-30)
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Kolkata
AppointerPresident of India
Term lengthFive Years
Inaugural holderChakravarthi Rajagopalachari
Formation15 August 1947; 72 years ago (1947-08-15)
The state of West Bengal in India

The Governor of West Bengal is a nominal head and representative of the President of India in the state of West Bengal.He is the Head of State of West Bengal. The governor is appointed by the president for a term of five years. His official residence is the Raj Bhavan. Jagdeep Dhankar became the governor on 30 July 2019.[1]


In 1911 the Imperial capital of India was moved from Calcutta to Delhi and as some compensation to Bengal the lieutenant governor with council gave place to a governor with a council thus completing the circle and reverting to the position which had been obtained 200 years ago. In 1947 India achieved independence and the title of Governor of Bengal remained.

Powers and functions[edit]

The Governor enjoys many different types of powers:

  • Executive powers related to administration, appointments and removals,
  • Legislative powers related to lawmaking and the state legislature, that is Vidhan Sabha or Vidhan Parishad, and
  • Discretionary powers to be carried out according to the discretion of the Governor.

Ex officio Role of Governor[edit]

In his ex officio capacity, the Governor of West Bengal is Chancellor of the universities of West Bengal (at present 16) as per the Acts of the Universities. The Universities are: University of Calcutta; Jadavpur University; Presidency University, Kolkata; University of Kalyani;Rabindra Bharati University; Vidyasagar University; University of Burdwan; North Bengal University; Netaji Subhas Open University; Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology; Aliah University; Bankura University; Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University; Diamond Harbour Women's University; University of Gour Banga; Kazi Nazrul University; Raiganj University; Sidho Kanho Birsha University; Sanskrit College and University; West Bengal University of Teachers' Training, Education Planning and Administration; Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya; Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya; West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences; West Bengal University of Health Sciences and West Bengal State University. For Visva Bharati, the Governor is the Pradhana (Rector).

The Governor is also the Chairman / President of some organizations such as Victoria Memorial Hall, Indian Museum, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Calcutta Cultural Centre (Kolkata Kala Kendra), Special Fund for R&R of Ex-servicemen, West Bengal Rajya Sainik Board, Sri Aurobindo Samiti, Indian Red Cross Society - West Bengal State Branch, St. John Ambulance Brigade No. II (West Bengal) District, Bharat Scouts and Guides and the Bengal Tuberculosis Association.

Governor of West Bengal’s Welfare Fund, has the governor as its chairman. Contributions from this Fund are given to the needy people for meeting, to some extent the cost of their treatment. Besides the above, at his discretion, the Governor, accepts the position of Chief Patron/Patron or other posts in the honorary capacity, in various organizations that are rendering yeoman service to the society in different fields.

List of governors[edit]

Sl. No. Name Took office Left office
1 Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari 15 August 1947 21 June 1948
2 Kailash Nath Katju 21 June 1948 1 November 1951
3 Harendra Coomar Mookerjee 1 November 1951 8 August 1956
4 Phani Bhusan Chakravartti 8 August 1956 3 November 1956
5 Padmaja Naidu 3 November 1956 1 June 1967
6 Dharma Vira 1 June 1967 1 April 1969
Deep Narayan Sinha (acting) 1 April 1969 19 September 1969
7 Shanti Swaroop Dhavan 19 September 1969 21 August 1971
8 Anthony Lancelot Dias 21 August 1971 6 November 1979
9 Tribhuvana Narayana Singh 6 November 1979 12 September 1981
10 Bhairab Dutt Pande 12 September 1981 10 October 1983
11 Anant Prasad Sharma 10 October 1983 16 August 1984
Satish Chandra (acting) 16 August 1984 1 October 1984
12 Uma Shankar Dikshit 1 October 1984 12 August 1986
13 Saiyid Nurul Hasan 12 August 1986 20 March 1989
14 T. V. Rajeswar 20 March 1989 7 February 1990
(13) Saiyid Nurul Hasan 7 February 1990 12 July 1993
B. Satyanarayan Reddy (additional charge) 13 July 1993 14 August 1993
15 K. V. Raghunatha Reddy 14 August 1993 27 April 1998
16 Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai 27 April 1998 18 May 1999
17 Shyamal Kumar Sen 18 May 1999 4 December 1999
18 Viren J. Shah 4 December 1999 14 December 2004
19 Gopalkrishna Gandhi 14 December 2004 14 December 2009
Devanand Konwar (additional charge) 14 December 2009 23 January 2010
20 M.K. Narayanan 24 January 2010 30 June 2014
D. Y. Patil (acting charge)[2] 3 July 2014 17 July 2014
21 Keshari Nath Tripathi 24 July 2014 29 July 2019
22 Jagdeep Dhankar[3] 30 July 2019 Incumbent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "sworn in as Bengal Governor". Zee News. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
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