M. N. Buch civil servant

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M. N. Buch
Morning Tree Plantation by Chairman MN Buch.jpg
M. N. Buch planting a tree
Born(1934-10-05)5 October 1934
Died6 June 2015(2015-06-06) (aged 80)
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Man of Vision Award
Aga Khan Award
UNEP Award
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Mahesh Neelkanth Buch[1] was an Indian civil servant and urban planner, considered by many as the architect of modern Bhopal.[2][3][4] The Government of India honored him, in 2011, with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, for his services to the nation.[5]


Our Constitution mandates free and fair elections, wrote M. N. Buch, It allows, in fact encourages, different political parties to present their ideology, broad policy framework, specific programmes and agenda of government.[6]

Mahesh N. Buch was born on 5 October 1934, in Sahiwal, pre-partition Punjab. He had his schooling in Lahore and later at Rajkumar College, Rajkot.[7] He graduated in Economics from the St. Stephen's College, Delhi University in 1954 and moved to Pembroke College, Cambridge University for his post graduate studies which he completed in 1956.[8] In 1957, he joined the Indian Administrative Service in the Madhya Pradesh cadre. During 1967–68, he served as the Parvin Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of the Princeton University. In 2002, he was conferred the title Doctor of Science (DSc) from the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University.[7][8] He held several important portfolios in his career such as Principal Secretary in Madhya Pradesh.

Buch took voluntary retirement from the government service, as the Principal Secretary of the State Government, in 1984,[9] and founded the NGO, the National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment, Bhopal[10] for which he served as the Chairman.[11]

Buch died on 6 June 2015 succumbing to a paralytic attack which followed cardiac problems.[12][13] He was married to Nirmala, a government servant who worked as the adviser to the Chief Minister under the Uma Bharati government[14] and the couple had a son, Vineet. The family lived in Bhopal at the time of his death.[7]

Positions held

In a democracy, no one person can be a decision maker. The decisions have to be taken collectively. Democracy works on the basis of the interest of various groups and the number of compromises that must be made, wrote M. N. Buch in his article, Excellence in Administration , This is the reality of administration in India.[15]

M. N. Buch held several government positions of authority during his civil service such as the post of the District Collector, District Magistrate, Director, Government Secretary and the Commissioner of various departments such as Tribal Welfare, Housing, Forests and Town country planning.[2] Some of the other positions are:

  • Vice Chairman - Delhi Development Authority[2][9]
  • Director General of the National Institute of Urban Affairs[2][9]
  • Vice-Chairman - National Commission on Urbanization[2][7]
  • Chairman - Lutyens Bungalow Zone Committee of the Government of India [2]
  • Chairman - Committee on the Heritage Zone of Mehrauli[2]
  • Chairman - Empowered Committee for the New Vidhan Sabha building in Madhya Pradesh[2]
  • Chairman - Board of Governors ABV – Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior[2]
  • Dean - Centre for Governance and Political Studies[16]
  • Chairman - National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment[9]
  • Chairman - Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management[7]

Personal traits and legacy

Buch has been reported to be a straight-talking, no nonsense bureaucrat.[9] He was credited with the initial efforts in the modernization of Bhopal.[2] The organization he founded, the National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment, focusses on the sustainable development of settlements in a holistic manner.[17]

Awards and recognitions


M. N. Buch has written four books on urban planning.[19]

  • M. N. Buch (2008). When the Harvest Moon is Blue. Har Anand Publications. ISBN 978-8124114094.
  • M. N. Buch (1993). 978-8172030049. Stosius Inc/Advent Books Division. p. 81. ISBN 978-0863113765.
  • M. N. Buch (1991). Of man and his settlements. Sanchar Pub. House. p. 342. ISBN 978-8172030049.
  • M. N. Buch (1987). Planning the Indian City. Vikas Publications. ISBN 978-0706933963.

M. N. Buch has also been a writer of articles, which have been published in many leading publications; a few of the articles are:[20]


  1. ^ "M.N. Buch". Penguin India. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "NCHSE bio". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Urban planner". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Architect of modern Bhopal and ex-bureaucrat M N Buch passes away". Yahoo News. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Padma". Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Article". Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Book" (PDF). Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Veethi profile". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "MPBusiness line". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  10. ^ "NCHSE". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Bharati". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Former bureaucrat MN Buch passes away in Bhopal". Hindustan Times. 6 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Former bureaucrat MN Buch passes away in Bhopal". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Nirmala Buch". Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Excellence in Administration" (PDF). Retrieved 7 August 2014.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "VFI". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  17. ^ "NCHSE about us". Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  18. ^ a b c "Pune biennale". Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  19. ^ Amazon list.
  20. ^ "List of Articles". Retrieved 6 August 2014.

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