New Delhi: The name of Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra will now be changed and it will now be known as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. The central government has announced to change the name of the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in the name of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The external affairs ministry announced on Thursday that two key institutions linked to India’s foreign policy would be renamed after late external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. This is to pay tribute to late Sushma Swaraj’s invaluable contribution.
The decision to rename the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and Foreign Service Institute, both located in New Delhi, was made on the eve of Swaraj’s birth anniversary on February 14. Swaraj, India’s first full-time woman foreign minister, died of cardiac arrest on 6 August 2019.
The Ministry of External Affairs wrote in a tweet, “We are happy that the government has decided to rename the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. It is a fitting tribute to a great public figure who always inspires us. Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said, “we all remember Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, who will turn 68 tomorrow (14 February). The Ministry of External Affairs misses her especially.”
It may be known that the Haryana government had last month announced the name of the bus station of Ambala city after the former Union Minister late Sushma Swaraj. Transport Minister Moolchand Sharma said that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a proposal in this regard. He said that the name of the bus station will be changed on the birth anniversary of the late Union Minister, which is on 14 February. Sushma Swaraj spent her early years of life in Ambala.