Haflong, June 22: Armstrong Changsan of Dima Hasao has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Iceland, the Ministry of External Affairs said. Changsan, belonging to the 1997 batch of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers, is presently the Consul General at the Indian consulate at Osaka-Kobe in Japan. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
Born on 24 January 1969, he obtained his B Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1997. Before taking up his present assignment as Consul General of India to Osaka-Kobe, he served as Deputy High Commissioner of India to South Africa and earlier posted at Indian Missions/ Embassy in Lagos and Tokyo in various capacities. At headquarters, he served in the United Nations Economic and Social Division, dealing with a wide range of issues from climate change to human rights.
He also served as Director/Head of Ministry of External Affairs’ Branch Office and Regional Passport Office, Guwahati. It was during his tenure that he streamlined the passport issuance system, opened the passport seva kendra in Guwahati, and laid the groundwork for the other passport seva kendras all over the North-east, thus rendering valuable service to people in far-flung areas of the NE.
During the same tenure, he was instrumental in the opening of the MEA Branch Secretariat in Guwahati. This office renders valuable service to the students of NE, by attesting or fixing apostille on their documents, for use abroad. As Consul General or head of the Consulate General of India in Osaka-Kobe, his office looks after 23 of 47 prefectures (states) of Japan. During his term, the economic and business engagements between India and western Japan soared. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kobe in November 2016, toured the bullet train factory, and also met the Indian community in Japan. T Armstrong Changsan is married and has three daughters.