New Delhi: Low-profile S Y Quraishi,
brings with him rich experience as a thoroughbred civil
servant of more than 35 years to become the first Muslim Chief
Election Commissioner of India.
63-year-old Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi, who will have a
little more than two years as CEC, has already served the
Election Commission for more than four years and has a solid
grounding in the institution that has earned a name for
conducting free and fair elections.
A product of St Stephen`s College in Delhi, Quraishi
joined the IAS in 1971 and had worked in the governments both
Centre and state levels.
He had earned distinction for his study of modern
Persian, Arabic and German languages before joining the civil
service. Later in his career, Quraishi received a Ph.D for his
thesis on "Role of Communication and Social Marketing in
Development of Women and Children".
Quraishi is known for his scholarly work on innovative
approaches to issues faced by the Muslim community.
Before his induction into the Commission in 2006,
Quraishi held the post of Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs
in the Centre.
He had held several key positions in the government and
had made special contribution in the areas of social sector
reforms covering health, education, population, drug abuse and
civil society action.
Quraishi is an expert on gender and HIV/AIDS and is
known for his extensive work in the field of population, women
and child development, youth and adolescent issues. UN and
other international organisations have availed his experience
in these areas.
He has a number of books, articles and talks to his
credit on issues related to democracy, elections and social
sector issues. He had authored two path-breaking papers
`Islam, Muslims and Family Planning in India` and `Islam and