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Shri R. Swaminathan
Shri R. Swaminathan has been reappointed as Part-time Non-Official Director on the Board of BHEL w.e.f. 01.12.2018.
He is a retired Indian Foreign Officer (IFS) of the 1980 batch. He was Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at the time of his retirement.
He holds a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Civil Engineering from the Madras University, Masters Diploma in Industrial Engineering from the National Productivity Council (NPC) and a Diploma in Arabic language from the American University in Cairo. As part of his Industrial Engineering Masters, he did a thesis on Turnkey Project Management Information Systems at the BHEL power project in Parli, Maharashtra in 1979.
Ambassador Swaminathan has extensive experience in international relations including economic and commercial diplomacy, project management, Development issues including international aid and LoCs, public diplomacy, administration, Atomic Energy, passport and consular services and Arab issues in a long career of 35 years.
As Secretary to the Government of India, he was responsible for all the Latin American countries and Canada as well as Consular, Passports and Visas Divisions in MEA. He was also the Director General of Inspections of MEA. Prior to this, he was Ambassador to Austria and Montenegro; Governor of India to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Permanent Representative of India to UNIDO, UNODC, Outer Space Organization and other UN Offices in Vienna. He has also served as Indian Ambassador to Egypt and the Arab League, Joint Secretary and Chief Passport Officer of India and Joint Secretary for Projects in MEA. He served in the IAEA Secretariat in Vienna heading the Policy Planning and Coordination Division. He was Counsellor and Head of the Commercial Department in the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Indian Embassy in Bhutan, Secretary of the Atomic Energy Commission and Deputy Secretary in the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, First Secretary in the Indian Embassy in France, Second Secretary in the Indian Embassy in Qatar and Third Secretary in the Indian Embassy in Egypt. Prior to joining IFS, he was Assistant Director/Consultant at NPC.
Important achievements in his career include launching of the Passport Seva Project, one of the largest e-governance initiatives of the Government of India, Outsourcing of passport and visa services in Indian Missions, evacuation of a large number of distressed Indian Nationals from Libya, Egypt and Iraq, part of the IAEA Secretariat which received Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and the first ever Free Trade Agreement for India which was concluded with Sri Lanka.