Thursday, September 26, 2013

IFS is back in UNESCO; Ruchira Kamboj to replace senior IAS VS Oberoi as India’s Permanent Representative

Ruchira Kamboj, IFS
IN YET another key foreign posting, the government has appointed Ruchira Kamboj, a 1987 batch IFS and incidentally, the topper of her batch, as India’s new Permanent Representative to UNESCO. With this, IFS will regain some lost ground, as Ms Kamboj is replacing an IAS officer of…1979 batch, Vinay Sheel Oberoi who has held the Paris-based post, usually reserved for career diplomats, since September 2010. Oberoi, a product of Doon School and Delhi School of Economics, is already empanelled as Union secretary to government of India (GoI), and will soon get a posting in New Delhi.
Kamboj is currently Chief of Protocol to the GoI, the first woman officer to hold that position. A joint secretary-ranked officer in the ministry of external affairs (MEA), Kamboj will get the rank of an ambassador in Paris. That she can speak French fluently will be a help. She had earlier served in Indian missions in Mauritius and Paris as well. She was also the head of High Commission of India, Cape Town, South Africa, and was the deputy head in the office of the Secretary General in London-based Commonwealth Secretariat. Kamboj had also served as a counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to UN, New York, where she played a key role in initiating reforms and expansion of the UN Security Council.
A product of Delhi University, she is married to New Delhi-based businessman Diwakar Kamboj. He has business branches in New York too. Mr Kamboj is a product of Mussoorie’s Wynberg Allen School and London School of Economics.
In her Facebook page, Ms Kamboj has a photo with the caption saying: “With my best friend forever—Sara…”. Sara is Kamboj’s daughter.


  1. She is not the topper of the 1987 batch. That is amir subhani. Please correct error, she may have been first in IFS

  2. She is indeed the topper of the Indian Foreign Service(1987 batch) and the lady topper of the combined civil services examination for that year.