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MEA is all set to hire academics and private sector researchers

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The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is planning to recruit people from the academic and private sectors for the first time in its history. The recruited consultants would assist Indian diplomats in taking appropriate foreign policies. This is being done to introduce new thinking in the system.Subrahmanyam_Jaishankar_2014

As reported by media outlets, the Parliamentary standing committee on External Affairs met to discuss recruitment structure and capacity building of IFS cadre.

The Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and other top officials of the MEA reportedly informed that for the first time ever, the ministry will advertise for positions in its public policy division aiming at hiring talented people from the academic world and private sector.

“Though there are lateral recruitments from army and other such organisations into the MEA, it is for the first time it plans to advertise seeking talent from outside government,” committee chairman Shashi Tharoor was reported as saying.

The MEA hopes to bring in four researchers on a consultant basis for works attached to the PPR (Policy Planning and Research) Division, as per media reports. The minimum qualification would be an M. Phil degree in the relevant area of international relations. The final selection would be based on an interview.

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Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj holds meet for Indian diaspora

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today led a panel discussion on delivering consular services to Indian diaspora as part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD).

“Brainstorming diaspora engagement. EAM @SushmaSwaraj leads 2nd PBD panel discussion on Delivering Consular Services,” ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The PBD, a conclave of the Indian diaspora organised by the ministry, has undergone a change from this year onwards.

Started in 2003 and anchored by the erstwhile Ministry of Overseas Indian affairs (MOIA), it was an annual event that celebrated the Indian diaspora’s success and deliberated on issues confronting them.

However, from this year, with the merger of the MOIA with the external affairs ministry, the celebratory event has been turned into a biennial affair with the intervening year being devoted to “a lot of thinking and a lot of thought process”, according to Sushma Swaraj.

People who migrated from territories that are currently within the borders of India, as well as their descendants, are termed as Indian Diaspora. The diaspora is currently estimated to number over twenty million.

“People would study the various issues and come up with various recommendations so that the problems of the diaspora could be solved,” she said in her keynote speech at the signature 14th PBD event held here on January 9. (IANS)

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