London: Former Chief Election Commissioner of India SY Quraishi has been awarded a prestigious UK-based fellowship for 2015 considering his important contributions in the field of electoral reforms.
Joanna Newman, vice-principal (International) at King's?College London, made the announcement at the inaugural India Skills and Education Innovation Conference 2015 here on Wednesday.
"Dr Quraishi is highly respected for his important contributions to electoral reform and has also overseen the implementation of critical social sector reforms in India".
"I congratulate Dr Quraishi on his nomination and acceptance of this exciting opportunity and look forward to greater success in the King's-FICCI relationship in the years to come," Newman said.
The fellowship, now in its third year was created as part of a collaboration between FICCI and King's India Institute to help develop relationships that would benefit staff, students and researchers within the college and engage with policymakers, media representatives and business community in the UK and Europe.
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.
Quraishi has served as the CEC of India for six years between 2006 and 2012 and presided over some of the largest elections ever in history.
His fellowship in the UK will coincide with the country's own elections, scheduled for May 2015.
"FICCI has a long tradition of supporting advancement of knowledge in the wider community, and this association is a further step in that direction," FICCI secretary-general A Didar Singh said.
"We are delighted Quraishi has taken up the Fellowship as it continues our proud tradition of thought-leadership in policy-making in this scheme, which started with Ambassador Shyam Saran and former Chairman of Shell in India Vikram Mehta in last years," Didar added.