Bio-sketch of Former Chief Election Commissioner of India

Dr S.Y. Quraishi pic
  1. Born on June 11, 1947, in Delhi, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1971 and after holding several strategic and key positions, rose to become the 17th Chief Election Commissioner of India, the world’s largest democracy.

 2. He figured in The Indian Express list of 50 Most Powerful Indians of 2011 and 2012

    He also figured in India Today’s High and Mighty Power List 2012.

 3. Education, Research and Training:

i)  M.A (History) St. Stephen’s College Delhi University  1969

ii)  Ph.D  Deptt. of Social Work J M I University, Delhi  1992 (Role of Communication and Social Marketing in Dev. Of Women and Children)

iii)Special Course in Media & Public Relations  with British Information Service (C.O.I) London, 1980).

iv) Management Issues in International Health, Management Sciences for Health, Boston, USA, 1986.

v)  Certificate in Persian,  German and  Arabic, 1968-1969.

4.  A Professional and Proactive Public Servant:

(i)  Chief Election Commissioner of India, July 2010- June 2012

(ii)   Election Commissioner of India, June 2006- July 2010

(iii)   Secretary, Govt. of India Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, 2005-2006

(iv)  Director General, National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), 2004-2005

(v)  Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Steel 2003-2004

(vi)   Director General, Doordarshan ( National Television) January, 2002-Sept. 2003.

(vii)  Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Haryana September, 2000-December, 2001.

(viii) Commissioner & Secretary, Irrigation and Power Departments Haryana, 1997-1999

(ix)   Joint Secretary, Youth Affairs, Govt. of India, 1992-1997

(x)    Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (Nehru Youth Centres Organisation) 1993-97

  (Xi) Director, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, 1994-97

xiii)  National Coordinator, Youth Action on AIDS (Oct. 1993 -March 97).

5. An Ambassador of Democracy: Chief Election Commissioner of India

As the Election Commissioner and Chief Election Commissioner of India (2006-2012), he introduced a number of innovative electoral reforms, established an Expenditure Control Division and a Voter Education Division in the Commission. By this he controlled money power elections and brought about a participation revolution among voters. He also founded the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management to professionalize election management and share it with the emerging democracies of the world.  Delivered lectures on democracy and elections at numerous fora worldwide including a number of universities like Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina in the US and Cambridge and London in UK.

He has been recently appointed on the Board of Advisors of  International IDEA (Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance) Stockholm with effect from December 2012. He was also a Member of the Advisory Committee to assist and advise the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, headed by Mr Kofi Annan (2010-12).

Observer of elections in Russia and South Africa. Also in Kenya as a member of Commonwealth Observers Group ( feb-mar 2013), Azerbaijan ( oct, 2013). Delivered the Keynote Address at GEO 13, the world assembly of Election Commissioners at Incheon, S Korea.

6. Great Promoter of Youth Development: He founded the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development at Sriperumbudur (TN) and was its first Director from 1993 to 1997. This has now been declared an institution of national importance. He developed India’s National Perspective Plan for Youth-2020. As a Consultant to UNICEF, he developed an approach and strategy paper for the ‘Draft National Plan on Youth in the Service of Children’ that extensively covered gender issues. He was Chairman of the Committee to draft ‘SAARC Youth Charter’ which later was endorsed as “SAARC Resolution on Youth” in the SAARC Summit (1995).  He was a key Member of the Project Advisory Board for the UNDCP-ILO Project- “Developing Community Drug Rehabilitation and Workplace Prevention Programmes in India” under the Ministry of Welfare, Govt. of India. Introduced a new strategy- YUVA, Youth United for Voter Awareness that created participation revolution in Indian Elections.

7. Awards and Honours:

He has received several prestigious awards in recognition of his contribution to civil society and human development issues. Some of these are:

‘Nehru Fellow- Award    from Nehru Children’s Museum, Calcutta as a part of 300 years of Calcutta1 celebrations (the only Civil Servant in a galaxy of international awardees for innovative and outstanding work in the field of child welfare).

Secular India Harmony Award, 1988, given by the. Vice-President of India for the United Children’s Movement, New Delhi, “(for outstanding – contribution for human understanding).

Silver Elephant – the highest National. Award   of Indian Scouts and Guides given by the President of India (1995), in recognition of service of most exceptional character to the movement.

Defender of Democracy by Chauthi Duniya Group of Newspapers 2011

8. Dr. Quraishi is well known in India and abroad as a development thinker and for his inclusive style of leadership and for bringing harmoniously together wide varieties of groups and institutions for achieving the common objectives of development.  He has travelled widely to represent India at international conferences and dialogues.

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