Raghuram Rajan takes over as RBI Governor
* Raghuram Govind Rajan, chief economic advisor in the Finance Ministry take over as governor of the Reserve Bank of India
* Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved his appointment on August 6, 2013 for a term of three years.
* At 50, Mr. Rajan will be among the youngest to occupy the high office at Mint Street in Mumbai, where he takes over from incumbent Duvvuri Subbarao.
* Mr. Rajan, who joined the Finance Ministry in August 2012, brings with him wide experience as a banker, academician and technocrat, having served institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and taught at the University of Chicago.
* An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a gold-medallist all through, Mr. Rajan was the youngest economic-counsellor and chief economist at the IMF from October 2003 to December 2006.
* His appointment comes at a time when the Indian economy is passing through rough weather and the government and the central bank are not particularly seen to be in sync on ways to handle the situation.