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Ex-Governor passes away

Calcutta, Sept. 24: The former Governor of Bengal, A.L. Dias, died on Sunday morning at the age of 92.

Dias was Governor from 1971-77, which included a period of President’s rule, and took special interest in educational issues, as chancellor of the universities and chairman of the IIM.

He had a distinguished academic background himself, first doing his bachelor’s in economics from Ferguson College in Pune and then going on to the London School of Economics and Magdalen College, Cambridge.

After joining the ICS, he went on to become the food secretary in the Union government in the mid-sixties when the country was passing through a severe food crisis — known as ‘ship-to-mouth’ existence.

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