Former Indian election commissioner Quraishi honoured by UK

Former Indian election commissioner Quraishi honoured by UK’s Students’ body

London May16 Former Indian election commissioner Dr. S.Y. Quraishi was awarded honorary fellowship by the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU) to acknowledge his contributions in shaping the present and future of India.

Dr. Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner of India addressing audience. Dr. S.Y. Quraishi seen sitting in the first row ( Photo courtesy: NISAU)

Dr. Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner of India addressing audience. Dr. S.Y. Quraishi seen sitting in the first row ( Photo courtesy: NISAU)

In a statement, the NISAU, which is a youth-led movement that is aimed at changing the way India and its culture is viewed in the UK and attempts to unify the voice of Indians in the UK, through students and alumni, said: “The National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK (NISAU) has awarded its Honorary Fellowship to former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. S Y Quraishi, to celebrate and acknowledge his contributions in shaping the present and future of India.”

Dr. Virander Paul, Deputy High Commissioner of India bestowed the Honorary Fellowship upon Quraishi at an event organised by the 100-Foot Journey Club and the NISAU to discuss elections and electoral reforms in India.

The students’ body represents Indian and Asian students in the UK, both home-grown and from India.

Sanam Arora, President of NISAU  with Dr. S.Y. Quraishi  ( Photo courtesy: NISAU)

Sanam Arora, President of NISAU with Dr. S.Y. Quraishi ( Photo courtesy: NISAU)

Sanam Arora, President of NISAU said on the occasion, “NISAU is delighted to confer our Honorary Fellowship on Dr. S.Y.Quraishi for his contributions to the betterment of Indian society. Dr Quraishi is such an inspiration and this occasion has been made even more special by the Deputy High Commissioner of India Dr Paul bestowing our Fellowship upon him.

“We are humbled to associate NISAU with Dr Quraishi.”
Priyanka Mohan, Executive Officer of NISAU, added “We are privileged to bestow the NISAU Honorary Fellowship on Dr. S Y Quraishi for his exceptional contributions towards the advancement of the Indian society. Dr Quraishi is a fellow alumnus as well, given his association with Kings College London. We are so humbled and delighted.”
The Hundred Foot Journey Club is a new initiative of the High Commission of India and the London School of Economics South Asia Centre launched on the May 10th.
The club has been launched in view of the proximity of the HCI and LSE. It will host academic events and other activities of mutual interest.

It will organise at least six events annually, including panel discussions, film screenings etc. either at LSE or India House/Nehru Centre.

The event ‘Elections in the World’s Largest Democracy’ was the second event organised by the 100-foot Journey Club, in association with the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK.

According to Benaisha Mehta, General Secretary of the Union, the event was held at the High Commission of India in London on May 13th.

Born on June 11, 1947, in Delhi, 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.

An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (M.A. History, 1969), he received a Ph.D in Communications and Social Marketing from the Dept. of Social Work, Jamia Milia Islamia, University in Delhi, 1992.

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi with members of NISAU  ( Photo courtesy: NISAU)

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi with members of NISAU ( Photo courtesy: NISAU)

He figured in The Indian Express’s list of 50 Most Powerful Indians of 2011 and 2012 and India Today’s High and Mighty Power List in 2012.
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.
In its statement, the Union said: “Honorary Fellowship of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union is the highest honour that can be bestowed onto a non-member by the Union. The individual will have made significant and long lasting contributions to India, Indian Culture and/or the welfare of Indian students in the UK, or elsewhere.
“It is awarded in recognition of, but is not limited to: a. distinction in the arts, literature, science, business or public life; or b. exceptional service to NISAU.”
“With NISAU striving for the betterment of the society and working towards development and change, the organisation is proud to honour Dr. S Y Quraishi for his immense contribution to the welfare of people and extensive work in the fields of gender, women and child development, youth and adolescent issues,” the statement added.