The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and King’s College London today announced that the next FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow would be Dr. S Y Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India. The Fellowship was set up as part of a collaboration between FICCI, India’s apex business chamber, and the King’s India Institute at King’s College in London. The FICCI-India Institute Visiting Fellow will help to promote and develop a relationship that will be of enormous benefit to staff, students and researchers within the college and engage with policy-makers, media representatives and the business community in the United Kingdom and Europe.
This is the third year of the Fellowship. Fellows are persons of eminence in the fields of business, public policy, government, media and the likes. Each Fellow delivers lectures, conducts panel discussions, guides and mentors students, interacts with policy and business networks in the UK, and works on a policy research paper.
Dr. S Y Quraishi served as the Chief Election Commissioner of India for 6 years between 2006 and 2012 and presided over some of the largest elections ever in history. Dr. Quraishi introduced a number of innovative electoral reforms in his role as Chief Election Commissioner, including innovations to control so called money power in elections, which 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.