Bhairav Dutt Pande (born 17 March 1917) [1] was a member of the Indian Civil Service and Union Cabinet Secretary of the Government of India under Indira Gandhi. He served as the Governor of West Bengal (1981–1983), and Punjab (1983–1984), and the Administrator of Chandigarh for a brief period.[2][3][4]

Born in Almora, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Pande served as a Cabinet Secretary to the Union Government from 2 November 1972 to 31 March 1977.[5] When President's rule was imposed on Punjab, he served as the Governor of the state.[6]

Pande was married to Vimla Pande.[7] They had three children: Arvind Pande, former IAS and CMD, SAIL, renowned environmentalist, Dr. Lalit Pande and Ratna Pande. Arvind's wife is Mrinal Pande[8] His brother-in-law, Vinod Chandra Pande, was also a former Governor and Union Cabinet Secretary.[7]

He was one of the last living members of the Imperial Civil Service, having entered in the 1939 batch.[9]

The Government of India awarded Pande the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 1972, for his contributions to Indian society[10] and the Padma Vibhushan in 2000.


  1. ^ "Grace without measure - Indian Express". Archive.indianexpress.com. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  2. ^ Administrators Chandigarh Official website.
  3. ^ Governors 1947-
  4. ^ "Pande takes top post for two years". Telegraph. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cabinet Secretariat - Cabinet Secretaries Since 1950". Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Daunting task before Punjab Governor B.D. Pande and his advisors". India Today. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Grace without measure". Indian Express. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Payal Arora (2012). Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas. Ashgate Publishing. p. 206. ISBN 9781409488729. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette, 17 October 1939
  10. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.