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The Ambassador is the highest-ranking representative of the Government of India in the United States.

Deputy Chief of Mission 

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The Political Department maintains close contact with the US administration, the Congress, the think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. The Department is responsible for dissemination of information on Indian political developments and, in turn towards the Indian government with a comprehensive view of US foreign and domestic policies of interest to India. 

Head of Chancery  

HOC heads the Administration of the Mission.

Press, Information & Culture 

First Secretary (Press, Information & Culture), who is also the Embassy's Spokesman heads the department. This Department provides information on Government of India's policy, as well as general information relating to India. It is also responsible for issuing Press Releases and maintaining regular contact with the American and ethnic media. 

Community Affairs 

This department headed by a Minister coordinates the Embassy's interaction with the community organizations in the US, focusing on the Indian-American community. 

Defense Attachés 

All three wings of the Indian armed forces (Army, Navy and the Air Force) are represented in the Embassy. Senior officers head their respective wings and advise the Ambassador on military affairs. They also maintain close contact with the US Department of Defense and their own counterpart services.


A Minister heads the department and also represents the Indian Finance Ministry in the US. The Economic department deals with finance, monetary and investment issues of India and the US. It provides information on India's investment climate and as well as on India – US economic relations. Apart from handling bilateral economic and finance issues with the US administration, the Department also deals with issues relating to the World Bank and IMF.

Defence Technology 

Defence Technology is represented by a Counsellor. The wing functions in agreed mission areas of defence technology cooperation between the Government of India and countries in North America. The Wing was setup in the year 1988. Presently, the major engagements with USA for defence R&D collaboration are under the framework of: Research Development Test and Evaluation (RDTE) Agreement, Master Information Exchange Agreement (MIEA), Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), Joint Technical Group (JTG) and Senior Technology Security Group (STSG).

Science & Technology 

The Science & Technology (S&T) Department of the Embassy of India, Washington DC serves as pivotal point of interaction and fosters bilateral co-operation on Science, Technology & Innovation between the scientific departments/agencies of the US and India. The S&T Department alongside its US counterparts leverages scientific and technological synergy to build long-term strategic partnership between India and US through sustained interaction, exchange of information, ideas and thoughts. The S&T Department is represented by a Counsellor.
Learn more about the Indian Scientific Departments/Agencies, their autonomous institutions and various programs of interest on Indo-US Cooperation in Science & Technology here


The Commerce department is involved in a broad range of trade issues. It interacts with the US Department of Commerce, US Department of Labor, Office of the US Trade Representative and the US Department of Transportation. It advises US companies looking for information on India's products and export/import rules and regulations, as well assisting Indian businesses on US trade issues. A Minister heads the department.

Consular Department 

This department issues visas to US citizens and to foreign nationals in the US traveling to India. It also provides passport and other consular services to the Indian citizens who live in the US, including limited legal assistance in case of emergency. Returning Indians/visitors to India are also guided about the prevailing health, and custom tariff regulations. A Minister heads the department. 

Indian Space Research Organization 

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Income Tax Overseas Unit

ITOU is represented by a First Secretary. 

Audit Wing

This department is headed by Principal Director of Audit.