The Commission plans to develop a world class facility and faculty at IIIDEM on Election Management and related democratic processes : Dr S Y Quraishi
The Foundation Stone of new campus of India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management was laid by Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, Chief Election Commissioner of India, today at Dwarka, New Delhi in the presence of Election Commissioners Shri V. S. Sampath and Shri H.S. Brahma and Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC countries. They included Mr.Fazel Ahmad Manawi, Chairman, Independent Election Commission, Afghanistan, Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, Chief Election Commissioner, Bangladesh, Dasho Kunzang Wangdi, Chief Election Commissioner, Bhutan, Mr. Neel Kantha Upreti, Chief Election Commissioner, Nepal, Mr.Ibrahim Waheed, Commissioner, Election Commission, Maldives, Mr. Justice (R) Muhammad R. Essani, Member, Election Commission Pakistan and Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya, Commissioner of Elections, Sri Lanka. Shri Tejendra Khanna, Hon. Lt. Governor of Delhi was the Chief Guest at the event. All the Guests planted saplings at the site. The new campus of IIIDEM is proposed to be constructed on a plot of Five acres (approx. 20,000 sq. mts) in Sector 13, Dwarka which has been allotted by DDA. ECI has already short-listed ten architects, for making design concepts, models and presentations. The final selection of architect is expected shortly. The project envisages construction of a State of the Art Campus with green-building compliance (5-star GRIHA) and will create a world-class facility with state of the art training and conference facilities, hostel, library and resource centre. The funds to the tune of Rs 48 crores have been approved for 2011-12 and 2012-13 for construction of the new campus. The Lt Governor of Delhi, Mr Tejendra Khanna lauded the Election Commission’s initiatives and wished the Institute all success. South Asian Election Commissioners present on the occasion, extended whole-hearted support to the new Institute and desired to avail the facilities. Election Commissioners Shri V S Sampath and Shri H S Brahma, were also present besides senior officials of the Commission, diplomats and other dignitaries. Dr S Y Quraishi said that the personnel engaged during elections in India has gone upto 11 million and all of them need to be trained for a zero-error election. He said that the Commission plans to develop a world class facility and faculty at IIIDEM on Election Management and related democratic processes. Training courses of IIIDEM are being conducted in the interim premises of this Institute at Election Commission of India. IIIDEM, since its launch in June 2011 has hosted 32 courses for about more than 500 election officials and other stakeholders in all aspects of Election management. Training courses are already lined up at IIIDEM in the coming weeks for the upcoming Summary Revision and General Elections in some of the states. Besides the national training programmes, IIIDEM has also conducted five courses for Kenyan, Maldivian, Bhutanese and Afghanistan election officials and Nigerian Election Commissioners. There are requests for such courses from Nepal and Fiji. Over the ten months of its existence, IIIDEM has become a hub for national and international training courses, seminars and workshops. Standard training modules for international participants have already been developed by a renowned team of Indian and International experts.