Arvind Gupta (administrator)

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Arvind Gupta
Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
In office
January 5, 2012 - Incumbent
Preceded by Narendra Sisodia
Personal details
Born (1953-07-10) 10 July 1953 (age 61)
Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh, India
Occupation Civil Servant (Indian Foreign Service)

Dr. Arvind Gupta is Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.[1] A career civil servant, he is Secretary to the Government of India.


Dr. Gupta belongs to the 1979 batch of the Indian Foreign Service. Over the course of his career, he has served in various capacities at Indian diplomatic missions in Moscow, London and Ankara. He joined the National Security Council Secretariat shortly after it was set up in 1998 and served there till 2007.[2] Prior to taking charge as Director General, he held the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair on National Security in the IDSA from 2008 to 2012.[3]

He is also the convenor of Indian Pugwash Society, a think tank.[4] He was a member of the informal group constituted by the Prime Minister of India to revive the action plan on nuclear disarmament presented by Rajiv Gandhi at the Third Special Session on Disarmament of the UN General Assembly in June 1998.[5] He has also worked in the Ministry of External Affairs (India) on different assignments.

Books and Publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Arvind Gupta: Director General". IDSA website. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Raghavan, editor, V.R. (2010). India and global nuclear disarmament. [New Delhi]: Delhi Policy Group. ISBN 9780230327863. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Arvind Gupta Takes Over AS DG, IDSA". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Convenor, India Pugwash Society". 
  5. ^ "India to push Rajiv Gandhi plan for N-free world". Economic Times. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2012.