Dr. Arvind Gupta, IFS (79), is appointed as the Deputy National Security Advisor of India and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat for a period of three years. He is currently the Director General in the Institute of Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA). Before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1979 he served at the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (1976) and at the State Bank of India (1976-79), apart from being a Visiting Member at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (1974-76). Dr.Gupta is a Ph.D in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University and M.Sc. in Physics from Delhi University.
He joined as Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) on 5th January, 2012.