Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 13 : Former Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala, Dr Babu Paul, passed away after a heart ailment at a private hospital here on Saturday early morning. Dr Paul was 78. His wife Anna Babu Paul (Nirmala) died in 2000. He is survived by daughter Mariam Joseph (Niba) and son Cheriyan C Paul (Nibu). His son-in-law is Satish Joseph, son of former DGP M K Joseph, and daughter-in-law is Deepa, daughter of former DGP C A Chali.
Dr Babu Paul joined the government service at the age of 21 as a junior engineer and later cleared the civil service examination. He took the voluntary retirement from the IAS at the age of 59. He was born in 1941 to Rt Rev Paulose Cheerothottam Kor Episcopa, a priest of Jacobite Church and headmaster of MGM High School, Kuruppampadi and Mary Paul, a teacher. His brother K Roy Paul is a former aviation secretary and member of the Union Public Service Commission.
Babu Paul was a member of Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). He also served as a member Ombudsman for local self-government institutions of Kerala during 2000-01. Dr Babu Paul, an Additional Chief Secretary in the rank of Chief Secretary of State, was also served as a Vice Chancellor of Kerala University and a Lecturer in Civil Engineering. The completion of Idukki hydel project was one of his achievements in his service. 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.
His autobiographical service story 'Katha Ithuvare' was published in 2001. He was the writer of the first Malayalam Bible Dictionary 'Veda Sabda Rathnakaran'. He has written various other English and Malayalam books. Babu Paul received numerous awards for his Bible dictionary, ' Veda Shabda Ratnakaram'. He received 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.
Other awards received by Babu Paul include -- Kerala Sahitya Academy Award in 2000, Kerala History Association Award for 'Queen's Story' which is the history of Cochin port, Sophia Award for the total contribution in the field of culture, MAGA Award from the Malayali Association for his contributions to the cultural development of Kerala, M K K Nair Award for exhibiting interest in temple arts, Bar Eto briro Award (The highest a lay man can aspire for in the Syrian Orthodox Church, the only recipient in India), Rajiv Gandhi Award for his excellence in Civil Service. (UNI)