Past Governors detail

Shri Nityanand Kanungo
Governor of Gujarat
From 01/08/1965 To 06/07/1967
Date of Birth : 04/05/1900
Date of Demise : 02/08/1988
Place of Birth : Cuttack Orissa
Family Status : At present not available
Details of the life sketch of
Shri Nityanand Kanungo

Shri Nityanand Kanungo was born in Cuttack (Orissa) on May 4, 1900 and was educated at Ravenshaw College (Cutrtack) and University College (Calcutta). From 1937 to 1939 and again from 1946 to 1952, he was a member of the Orissa Legislative Assembly and a Minister for Home, Law, Industries and Agriculture, Government of Orissa 1937-52.

Shri Kanungo was the Secretary of the local branch of All India Spinners' Association in 1941 and Agent, All India Village Industries Association in 1946. He was the Chairman of the Textile Enquiry Committee in 1952. He has been a member of various organizations like the Servodaya Sangha, Folk Dance Association (Wardha), Institute of Art and Industries (Calcutta), Arts and Crafts Society (Bombay), Executive Committee of the All India Handicrafts Board and Executive Board of the Sangeet Natak Academy. He was also the Director of the State Co-operative Bank, Orissa.

Shri Kanungo was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kendropara constituency in 1952. In September, 1954 he was appointed Union Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry. From August, 1955, he was Minister of Industries and in June, 1956 was designated Minister of Consumer Industries. In 1957, he was again returned to the Lok Sabha and was appointed Minister of Commerce. Shri Kanungo was a member of the Indian Delegation to the International Labour Conference in San Francisco (1948) and was the Leader of the Delegation to the Conference of the International Rice Commission held in Djakarta in 1952.

Shri Kanungo presided over the ‘Eccafe' session at New Delhi in March, 1951. He led the Indian Delegation to ‘Gatt' session at Geneva in 1959. He was the Leader of the Indian Economic Mission to Italy in April, 1961.

In the 1962, General Elections, Shri Kanugngo was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Cuttack constituency, Orissa. He defeated his nearest rival by a margin o nearly 24,000 votes. He was a Minister for Commerce and Industries, and after the bifurcation of that portfolio, Minister in turn for Commerce and later for Industry. He finished up as Minister for Civil Aviation.

His social activities are Experimental Education and Rural Sociology and his favourite pastime is walking. Study of aesthetics and sociology is the subject of his special interest, Swimming and reading are his hobbies.

He had traveled abroad widely and had visited U.K., U.S.A., Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Ceylon, France, Switzerland and Italy.

He was the Governor of Gujarat from 1 st August, 1965 to 6 th December, 1967.