Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, FSI of MEA renamed after Sushma Swaraj

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The union government has announced that the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and Foreign Service institute will be renamed after former external affairs minister Late Smt. Sushma Swaraj. In a series of tweets, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed that the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra will be renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and Foreign Service Institute as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

This announcement was made in the light of the sixty-eighth birthday of Sushma Swaraj on 14 February.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2016. The decision to construct it was taken by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, while the foundation stone was laid by former PM Manmohan Singh in 2011. The Kendra is dedicated to the welfare of the Indian diaspora. It has been developed as a hub of activities for sustainable, symbiotic and mutually rewarding economic, social and cultural engagement between India and its Diaspora. Activities, seminars, events, workshops pertaining to the Indian Diaspora are organised at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, now renamed as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.

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Sushma Swaraj Bhawan

The Foreign Service Institute is the institute in New Delhi where Indian Foreign Service officers are trained. The institute, which functions under the ministry of external affairs, caters to the professional training needs of the trainees of the Indian Foreign Service who are inducted into the service via UPSC every year. The website of the institute has already been updated to reflects its new name, Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

Website of Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service

Reacting to this announcement by the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson twitter handle, Governor Swaraj, husband of Sushma Swaraj tweeted in gratitude from him.

Sushma Swaraj was a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, had been the youngest cabinet minister in the history of India, the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi and of course one of the longest standing woman politicians of the country.  As a Union Minister in the NDA government, she handled various portfolios and brought radical and important changes in the ministries. She was known as one of the most responsive ministers while handling the Ministry of External Affairs and also known as one of the most popular foreign ministers ever.

Renaming the institutions after a giant like Sushma Swaraj is a tribute to a brilliant leader like her.

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