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Smt Archana Ramasundaram, an IPS Officer of 1980 batch, is a post graduate in Economics from the University of Rajasthan where she also worked as a Lecturer before she was appointed to the Indian Police Service and allotted to Tamil Nadu Cadre. After successful completion of training from the National Police Academy, Hyderabad, she joined duty in Tamil Nadu in 1982 and served as Asst Supdt of Police in Coimbatore, Madurai and Salem. Consequent to her promotion, she worked with distinction in several posts such as the Supdt of Police, Nilgiris District, AIG Hqrs and also as AIG (Technical Services).

2.      She took study leave for two years from 1989 to 1991 and earned the Master of Science Degree in Criminology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. She was selected among the best international Students for having secured the highest Grade Point Average. After returning to Tamil Nadu in August, 1991, she worked as the SP (Prohibition Enforcement Wing), Vellore Zone where she took strict action against a large number of bootleggers and prohibition offenders. She later worked as the SP (Vigilance and Anti-corruption) at Chennai. She was awarded the Police Medal for Meritorious Services in August, 1995. She was promoted to the rank of DIG in 1995 in which she worked in various capacities such as DIG, Hqrs, DIG (Civil Supplies) and DIG (Training) and DIG of Police, Vellore Range.

3.      In 1999, she was selected for deputation to Central Govt and posted as the DIG in the Central Bureau of Investigation at New Delhi. The officer served for seven years in the CBI during 1999-2006 and handled several important cases successfully. She was promoted to the rank of the Joint Director in 2002. She was also awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services in the year 2005 during this stint.


4.      Smt Archana Ramasundaram, after completing her tenure successfully in CBI, went back to Tamil Nadu in May, 2006. Soon after that, she was promoted as the Additional Director General of Police where she served in various capacities such as ADGP (Economic Offences Wing, ADGP (Admn), ADGP (Crime Branch CID) and ADGP (Training) etc. She also held additional charge of the TN Police Housing Corporation. She was promoted to the rank of DGP in November, 2012 and posted as the DGP/Chairperson, Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services' Recruitment Board.

5.      In May, 2014 she came on central deputation for the second time and joined as the Additional Director, CBI. In June 2015, she was promoted and posted as the Director General, National Crime Records Bureau at New Delhi.

6.      On 3rd February, 2016, she assumed charge as the Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and earned the distinction of being the first woman to head a para-military force in India. SSB is primarily mandated to guard Indo-Nepal (1751 Kms) and Indo-Bhutan (699 Kms) borders and has also been declared the Lead Intelligence Agency for these two borders.  Her prime responsibility as the SSB Chief is to promote a sense of security amongst the people living in border areas and to prevent trans-border crimes. 

 7.      Smt. Archana Ramasundaram is married to Shri S. Ramasundaram, an IAS officer (retd.). The couple have two sons.


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