Foreign Service Institute India
Foreign Service Institute (
FSI) Indiais the institute in New Delhiwhere Indian Foreign Serviceofficers are trained. The Institute functions under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The Institute is headed by the Dean of the Foreign Service Institute, who is an officer of the Indian Foreign Service of the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. Other officers manning the institute are - two Joint Secretaries, a Deputy Secretaryand an Under Secretary; but this composition may change from time to time. The institute also houses the quarters for the Officer Trainees of the Indian Foreign Service and other officials.
The Foreign Service Institute was established by the Government of India in 1986 primarily to cater to the professional training needs of the trainees of the Indian Foreign Service. The training programme of the Indian diplomats goes on for about a year, during which they are taught various aspects of India's foreign policy, international relations, Indian history and culture, Indian and the world economic scenario, communication and interpersonal skills, and the like, before they take up posting within the Ministry of External Affairs and sent abroad later.
The FSI's activities were later diversified to include courses of interest to all levels of officers of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and also to other officers of the civil services of India. The Institute also conducts courses for Diplomats of other countries. This course is known as a Professional Course For Foreign Diplomats(PCFD). This forms a part of the 'training diplomacy' of the government. The FSI moved to its new building in 2007 in the old JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) campus in New Delhi.
Deans Of The Foreign Service Institute
1 A. N. D. Haskar 1988 - 1990
2 Kiran Doshi 1991 - 1992
3 S. M. S. Chadha 1992 - 1995
4 Lalit Mansingh 1995 - 1996
5 Dilip Lahiri Jan 1997 - Nov 1997
6 M. Venkataraman Nov 1997 - Nov 1998
7 Bhaskar Mitra (Acting) Nov 1998 - Dec 1998
8 Dalip Mehta Dec 1998 - Jun 2002
9 Santosh Kumar Aug 2002 - Oct 2004
10 Atish Sinha Dec 2004 - Nov 2006
11 Surendra Kumar Dec 2006 - Feb 2008
12 Ajay Chaudhri Mar 2008 - Till Date
Indian Foreign Service
* [http://fsi.mea.gov.in Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi]
* [http://mea.gov.in Ministry of External Affairs, India]
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