India's Ambassador to the US, Dr. S Jaishankar was appointed as the Foreign Secretary on 28 January 2015. He will have tenure of two years from the date he assumes charge.
The decision of appointing Jaishankar as the Foreign Secretary was taken by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jaishankar replaced current Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh whose tenure was curtailed by nearly seven months. Singh’s two-year tenure was to end in August 2015. She was appointed as Foreign Secretary in 2013.
Jaishankar’s appointment came few days before he was supposed to retire. He was due to retire on 31 January 2015.
Jaishankars’s Achievements as Ambassador to US and China
• He as the Ambassador to the US is credited for rebuilding India-US ties after the Devyani Khobragade incident.
• From 2004-07, he served as Joint Secretary in-charge of the Americas and is regarded as one of the architects of the Indo-US nuclear deal that saw a breakthrough during the US President Barack Obama’s visit to India.
• Jaishankar as Ambassador to China is credited for his deft handling of tensions between New Delhi and Beijing over the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in 2013.
• He is the India’s longest serving Ambassador to China.
His father Dr. K. Subrahmanyam was India’s most prominent defence strategist. He advised several governments as the long-time Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Analysis.
Who: Dr. S Jaishankar
When: 28 January 2015