Physicist Arrives As Deputy Head At India's High Commission

Christina Leadlay
Published: Wednesday, 04/20/2005 12:00 am EDT

The High Commission of India introduces its new Deputy High Commissioner, Niraj Srivastava, who arrived on Feb. 10 to take over from Parbati Sen Vyas. She departed a week later, Feb. 18. Mr. Srivastava has enjoyed 22 years in India's foreign service, a career which might seem surprising for someone with a Bachelor's degree in Physics. "As you go along in university," explains Mr. Srivastava, "your interests appear later to you. Students change their majors in college, sometimes even after two years. After finishing college, I realized that my interest was in international affairs," he says, noting how the recruitment exam for the Indian foreign service is a common entrance exam with a wide range of subjects, so that those who have academic backgrounds in engineering, mathematics or physics ­ anyone with an undergraduate degree ­ has the opportunity to write the challenging test. This is how Mr. Srivastava turned to diplomacy.

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