The Centre has appointed diplomat Vikas Swarup as Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs, in the Ministry of External Affairs.
A 1986-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service, Swarup is currently serving as India’s High Commissioner in Ottawa.
“The Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Vikas Swarup IFS (1986), High Commissioner in Ottawa as secretary (CPV&OIA) in the Ministry of External with effect 01, 08, 2010,” said an official statement.
In his diplomatic career, Vikas has been posted in several countries, including South Africa, the United States, Ethiopia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Swarup is also the author of the bestselling book “Q&A” which was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie-Slumdog Millionaire.