Palaniswamy Subramanyan Karthigeyan Indian Foreign Services officer of the 2004 batch has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji.
Presently, Mr Karthigeyan is serving as Deputy High Commissioner in the High Commission of India, Australia.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said, We are working on all newly appointed High Commissioners to take charge as soon as possible, however COVID19 situation in some countries will be a challenge.”
He is a Career Diplomat belonging to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS: 2004). A Post Graduate in Economics from the University of Madras, prior to joining the IFS, he worked in the Public Sector banking industry and also in the private manufacturing sector in India.
He has earlier served in Damascus (Syria) and Male (Maldives). Mr. Karthigeyan also headed the Passport Operations in Bangalore, with jurisdiction over the South Indian State of Karnataka, and was Director (North) during his stint in India. At the end of April 2018, he assumed charge as the Deputy High Commissioner in the High Commission of India to Australia. From October 2019 for few months he was also the Acting HighCommissioner.
Indian Australians will remember him for his approchability and soft mannerism. He spearheaded the “Vande Bharat Mission”, a massive repatriation process initiated by the Indian government amid COVID-19 pandamic.