THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala, D Babu Paul died at a private hospital here on Saturday.
As per the report, he had been admitted to the hospital last week for heart-related ailments.
The funeral will take place at Kuruppampady Jacobite Church near Perumbavoor at 4 pm on Sunday.
Babu Paul is survived by children Mariam Joseph and Cheriyan C Paul. His wife Anna Babu Paul passed away in 2000.
Babu Paul entered government service at the age of 21 and then cleared the civil service examination. However, he took voluntary retirement from the service at the age of 59.
77-year-old Babu Paul was a noted administrator and writer. His works include, ‘Vedashabda Ratnakaram’, a Bible dictionary of 4,000 4,000 titles and 6 lakh words.
He had received numerous awards for his Bible dictionary, which includes, Honorary Doctorate from Damascus St. Efraim University; Gundert Award presented by International School of Dravidian Languages for the best dictionary in Dravidian language; Guruvayoor Nair Samajam Award; Alexander Marthoma Award; N V Sahitya Puraskaram; Samskara Deepam Award by Indian Institution of Christian Studies, and a fellowship conferred by the same; Christian Literary Award.
He has written various other English and Malayalam books. His Autobiographical Service story 'Katha Ithuvare' was published in 2001.
Babu Paul published his first book at the age of 19. The book ' Oru Yathrayude Ormakal' was written in memory of his trip to Europe to participate in the International Student's Conference.
He was a member Ombudsman for local self-government institutions of Kerala during 2000-2001. Presently, Paul was a member of the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB).
Before being appointed as the additional Chief Secretary from 1998-2000, he had served as the Vice Chancellor of Kerala University, Transport Commissioner, Chairman, Cochin Port Trust, Finance Secretary among others.
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