Governor, Odisha

Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Governor, Odisha
Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Governor, Odisha
Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Governor, Odisha


Prof. Ganeshi Lal was sworn in as Hon’ble Governor of Odisha on 29th May 2018. He was administered the oath of office by Hon’ble Chief Justice of High Court of Orissa Shri Justice Vineet Saran in a function held at Abhishek Hall of Raj Bhavan.  

Prof. Lal was born at Sirsa, Haryana on 1st March, 1942 and holds a degree in English Honours. He further went on to gain a post-graduate degree in Mathematics. He was brilliant in studies and stood First Class First in FA, BA and MA Class and was a Gold Medallist.

After completing his education, he joined academic profession and served as Professor in different Government Colleges in Haryana between 1964 and 1991.

Since 1962 Prof. Lal is actively associated with Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and held posts in Hisar, Rohtak Wing of RSS.

On his political assignments Prof. Lal was associated with grassroots organisations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is a former State President of Haryana BJP, a former Chairman of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Haryana and former National President of BJP Disciplinary Committee. 

During Emergency period in the country in 1976 Prof. Lal was sent to jail. He also actively participated in Ram Janmabhoomi Movement.

Regarding his Executive and Legislative Position, Prof. Lal was elected as MLA from Sirsa constituency in 1996, and became a Minister in the Haryana Vikas Party (HVP)-BJP Government in Haryana from 1996-99.

Prof. Lal is married to Smt. Sushila Devi.

Former Governor List

1Kailash Nath Katju15-Aug-4720-Jun-48
2Asaf Ali21-Jun-485-May-51
V. P. Menon (Acting)6-May-5117-Jul-51
-2Asaf Ali18-Jul-516-Jun-52
3Fazal Ali7-Jun-529-Feb-54
4P. S. Kumaraswamy Raja10-Feb-5411-Sep-56
5Bhim Sen Sachar12-Sep-5631-Jul-57
6Yeshwant Narayan Sukthankar31-Jul-5715-Sep-62
7Ajudhia Nath Khosla16-Sep-625-Aug-66
Khaleell Ahommed (Acting)5-Aug-6611-Sep-66
-7Ajudhia Nath Khosla12-Sep-6630-Jan-68
8Shaukatullah Shah Ansari31-Jan-6820-Sep-71
Sardar Jojendra Singh (Acting)20-Sep-7130-Jun-72
9Gati Krushna Misra1-Jul-728-Nov-72
10Basappa Danappa Jatti8-Nov-7220-Aug-74
-9Gati Krushna Misra21-Aug-7425-Oct-74
11Akbar Ali Khan25-Oct-7417-Apr-76
Shiva Narayin Sankar (Acting)17-Apr-767-Feb-77
12Harcharan Singh Brar7-Feb-7722-Sep-77
13Bhagwat Dayal Sharma23-Sep-7730-Apr-80
14Cheppudira Muthana Poonacha30-Apr-8030-Sep-80
S. K. Ray (Acting)1-Oct-803-Nov-80
-14Cheppudira Muthana Poonacha4-Nov-8024-Jun-82
Ranganath Misra (Acting)25-Jun-8231-Aug-82
-14Cheppudira Muthana Poonacha1-Sep-8217-Aug-83
15Bishambhar Nath Pande17-Aug-8320-Nov-88
16Saiyid Nurul Hasan20-Nov-886-Feb-90
17Yagya Dutt Sharma7-Feb-901-Feb-93
-16Saiyid Nurul Hasan1-Feb-9331-May-93
18B. Satya Narayan Reddy1-Jun-9317-Jun-95
19Gopala Ramanujam18-Jun-9530-Jan-97
20K. V. Raghunatha Reddy31-Jan-9712-Feb-97
-19Gopala Ramanujam13-Feb-9713-Dec-97
-20K. V. Raghunatha Reddy13-Dec-9727-Apr-98
21C. Rangarajan27-Apr-9814-Nov-99
22M. M. Rajendran15-Nov-9917-Nov-04
23Rameshwar Thakur18-Nov-0421-Aug-07
24Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare21-Aug-079-Mar-13
25S.C. Jamir21-Mar-1320-Mar-18
Satya Pal Malik (Additional Charge)21-Mar-1828-May-18
26Prof. Ganeshi Lal29-May-18Till now