ITANAGAR, June 1 � Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, former Chief Secretary of Assam, was today sworn in as the 19th Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice (acting) of Gauhati High Court Justice K Sreedhar Rao in a brief but impressive ceremony at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhawan here.
Toeing the lines of PM Narendra Modi, Rajkhowa, a retired IAS officer of 1968 batch, took the oath in Hindi in presence of his family members and relatives.
Among others, State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his Cabinet colleagues, Speaker Nabam Rebia, Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga, other elected leaders and senior State Government officers were present at the function.
Seventy-one-year-old Rajkhowa was appointed to the gubernatorial post on May 12 last by President Pranab Mukherjee replacing the incumbent Lt General Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) , who has been transferred and appointed as Mizoram Governor for the remainder of his term.
An MA in Economics from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Rajkhowa (born in 1944), finished his schooling from Jorhat Govt High School, Intermediate in Arts from JB College, Jorhat and BA (Hons) in Economics from Cotton College, Guwahati.
The major work of Rajkhowa, which earned him accolades from historians, scholars, intellectuals, military experts and readers, is Generalissimo Chilarai and his times, a historical biography on the legendary Koch King Chilarai.
Rajkhowa�s other work was his second historical biography called Sankardeva: His life preachings & practices. The book�s topic was Srimanta Sankardeva, a cultural and religious figure of Assamese history.
While on deputation to the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), a Govt of India public sector enterprise, he authored a book, Central Vigilance Mechanism with special reference to PSE�s, besides contributing a number of articles to leading newspapers.