New Delhi: Indian Foreign Service officer Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.
Currently, Doraiswami is an additional secretary in-charge of international organisations and summits at the headquarters of the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.He is expected to take up the assignment in Dhaka soon.
Prior to his current assignment, Doraiswami earlier served as the Indian ambassador to the Republic of Korea and later was also posted in Uzbekistan.
He joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), the top administrative services of the Indian government, in 1992. Before joining the government service, he used to work as a journalist.
Doraiswami has a master's degree in history from the Delhi University and can converse in Chinese and Urdu and also knows a smattering of French.
Before that he was in charge of the Bangladesh and Myanmar desks. In that sense, he is well conversant with Bangladesh developments and contributed many ideas to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.
By birth Mr Doraiswami is a Tamilian from South India, but he can speak and understand Bengali language because his mother was a Bengali and wife also can understand Bengali. Both of them spent few years in North Bengal of West Bengal.He was private secretary to former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and contributed valuable input when Dr. Singh came to Dhaka for a bilateral visit.
He is also fluent in Chinese language and was posted in Beijing in 1996. He became protocol officer and then served in Permanent Mission in New York as political counsellor.
He also served in Foreign Ministry in the SAARC desk and therefore has a profound knowledge in diplomatic affairs of South Asia.