Puneet R Kundal, an IFS of the 1996 batch is a son of the soil, and feels closely connected to Jammu, the city in which he was born and brought up. Having a civil services background he has closely watched the working of the officers, and was inspired to join the Indian Foreign Service when his father, a former bureaucrat was posted in Bhutan. Kundal says right from his childhood his parents showed great faith in him, and this was the reason he was able to pursue his dream. Kundal passed his 10th, and 12th standard from Presentation Convent School, Jammu and Diwan Badrinath School respectively, and later joined the BITS Pilani for civil engineering. Thereafter, he joined the prestigious JNU where he completed masters in Sociology.
After joining the IFS, Kundal says he has been posted in six countries while he has visited dozens of countries in his job, and says that though the nature of his work is extremely challenging but it is a passion for him. Despite living abroad, Kundal’s bond with Jammu remains as strong as ever. His most beautiful memories are visiting the Bahu fort, and passing through the Tawi bridge.
“In IFS you can not remain rooted in one place but the connection one has with his own soil always remains strong”, he adds.
When asked about the thing which he would like to see changed in Jammu and Kashmir, Kundal says that ‘Chalta Hai’ attitude is one thing which he would like to end. Only those country prosper where the chalta hai attitude is not present, he says, adding that the city and the state can progress only if proper discipline, and rule of law is accepted in letter and spirit. “The people need to give up this attitude only then things will improve”, says Kundal. He also opines that to channelize the energy of the youth, the parents should have faith in their kids, allow them to dream, and give them freedom to ask questions.
Mentoring our children in a proper manner is very important as it will ensure that their talent is brought forth, and harnessed to the maximum, believes Kundal.
Asked about what kind of food he prefers, the young IFS officer had no doubt that it was mother’s food which was the best in the world, and he enjoyed it to the most. Kundal also believes that his parents played a key role in shaping his personality, and recently when he visited his school for an event, he told the parents their about the importance of giving freedom to the kids so that they can pursue their dreams.
Puneet R Kundal :A Profile
Puneet R. Kundal, IFS officer of 1996 batch
10th- Presentation Convent School Jammu
12th: DBN Vidya Mandir, Jammu
B.E Civil- BITS Pilani
MA Sociology- JNU
MA (Human Rights), MA (Arabic)
Embassy of India in Cairo, Muscat, Delhi, Brussels and Kathmandu
Presently posted as Director in the office of MEA, New Delhi
In the month of July will be posted as Consul General of India to Cape Town, South Africa