New Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee today told the Officer Trainees of the 2016 batch of the Indian Foreign Service that they must always remember that they are representatives of India, one of the oldest civilizations of the world that has taught people how to live together, develop together and advance together.
The President was speaking to a group of Officer Trainees of the 2016 batch of the Indian Foreign Service when they called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (1 June 2018).
The President congratulated the Officer Trainees for choosing the Civil Services as a career and said the Foreign Service offers them the unique opportunity and privilege to represent the country and project its civilizational and cultural heritage and interact with counterparts the world over for achieving the nation’s developmental goals.
Mukherjee said that as they had chosen to serve their country as its diplomatic representatives, it was important for them to remember that it was India that brought the gift of the greatest concept of universal acceptance to the world and gave the slogan of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam to humanity.
The President said that a diplomat is required to always be well informed on the widest range of relevant subjects. He or she needs to have a thorough knowledge of the economic and social dynamics of their country and also remain aware and alert about the areas in which India could engage with other countries for the benefit of its people.
The President said that it is important to cultivate a deep interest and understanding of the countries where they are posted in order to explore all opportunities for strengthening India’s bilateral relations with its Government and people.