Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the new High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (24) at the President's House yesterday.
Prior to his current assignment to Colombo, High Commissioner Sandhu has served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of India in Washington D.C. from July 2013.
He has also served as the Consul General of India in Frankfurt from 2011 to 2013. He served in the Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2011 as the Joint Secretary (United Nations) and later as Joint Secretary (Administration) heading the Human Resource Division. High Commissioner Sandhu was at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York from July 2005 to February 2009. He was First Secretary (Political) at Embassy of India in the US.
High Commissioner Sandhu has earlier served as the Head of the Political Wing in the High Commission of India, Colombo from December 2000 to September 2004.
In a distinguished career spanning nearly thirty years after joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1988, High Commissioner Sandhu’s various assignments have included working in the former Soviet Union (Russia) from 1990 to 1992 as Third Secretary (Political) / Second Secretary (Commercial). Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, he was sent to open a new embassy in Ukraine. He served as the Head of Political and Administration Wings in Indian Embassy in Kiev from 1992 to 1994. On his return to India, he served as Officer on Special Duty (Press Relations), Ministry of External Affairs from 1994 to March 1997. He was responsible for liaison with foreign media in India.
Born on 23 January 1963 to a family of educationists, High Commissioner Sandhu studied at The Lawrence School, Sanawar and graduated with History Honors from St. Stephens' College, Delhi. He pursued a Masters Degree in International Relations at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Incidentally, Mr. Sandhu assumes duties as the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka on the eve of the 68th Republic Day celebrations of India tomorrow.
High Commissioner Sandhu is married to Mrs. Reenat Sandhu, who is Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington DC. They have two children.
Ambassadors of Mongolia, Lithuania and Panama also presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s House yesterday.