City : Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Venue : Ambedkar Auditorium, VIT University, Vellore
Date : 17th April, 2017
The idea of undertaking simultaneous elections is being seriously considered as a potential solution to the problem of evident frequent electoral cycles in India, which end-up negatively impacting several developmental and administrative activities.
Several prominent political leaders and organisations have consistently voiced their opinions for the above idea at various forums.
A forum called Conclave on Electoral Reforms has been conceptualized to engage citizens, eminent public servants from the Election Commission of India and the civil society to converge on a common platform to holistically analyse the needs and counter arguments on the feasibility of holding Simultaneous Elections in India.
Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath was the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of the Election Commission of India from 2012 to 2015 . To his credit, as Chief Election commissioner, he has smoothly conducted the largest electoral exercise in the history of world democracies - Indian general election, 2014-the 14th general elections in India.
Mr. M.G.Devasahayam is an Economist cum Administrator with a direct and first-hand experience in the working and ethos of Indian Army, Civil Services, Government, Public and Private Sector, Political system as well as NGOs, including The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization which works in the area of electoral and political reforms.
Dr. G. Viswanathan is the Founder and Chancellor of VIT University. He served as a Member of Parliament and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. He is the President of the Education Promotion Society for India.
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Uddeshya, an NGO founded in 2011 by a group of like minded youngsters, is the driving force behind Parliament Direct. Driven by its motto of "Empowering Youth-Fueling Change", Uddeshya has grown to become a multifaceted organization that takes various initiatives with the ultimate aim of empowering the youth to become leaders and ambassadors of change through a system of leadership development initiatives, outreach programs, awareness campaigns, large scale national youth conferences and motivational sessions. At Uddeshya, we empower communities, encourage good citizenship, critique policies, tackle youth based issues such as Substance Abuse, HIV and Sexual Abuse, push for electoral integrity, and most important of all, give young change-makers a platform to lead.Learn More
This initiative is powered by VIT University, which is a progressive educational institute founded by Dr. G Viswanathan with the vision to impart futuristic technical education and instill high patterns of discipline through their dedicated staff, who shall set global standards, making their students technologically superior and ethically strong, who in turn shall improve the quality of life of the human race. The campus has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with students from all corners of the globe. Experienced and learned teachers are strongly encouraged to nurture the students. The global standards set at VIT in the field of teaching and research spur us on in their relentless pursuit of excellence. In fact, it has become a way of life for everyone part of this institute. The highly motivated youngsters on the campus are a constant source of pride and at present VIT’s population is comprising of around 25,000 students. Also, at present VIT is the topmost private Engineering institute of India.
Kunal is a Legislative Policy Analyst and a works with the members of the Indian Parliament as a LAMP Fellow. He is the National Executive Director of Uddeshya India and the Founder and Managing Director of Envision India Skill Foundation.
Paridhi Pandey is currently serving as the Head of the Civic Rights and Duties division of Uddeshya and has authored the Argumentative Analysis Note on Feasibility of Holding Simultaneous Elections in India.
Aquib Ajani is currently serving as the Lead for the Office of IT in Uddeshya India. He is also serving as the Co-Chairperson of the VIT Vellore Chapter of Uddeshya.
Jaison George is currently serving as the Joint Secretary of the National Executive Board of Uddeshya India. He is also serving as the Co-Chairperson of the VIT Vellore Chapter of Uddeshya.
Divyansh Parashar is currently serving as the Director of Human Resources of the VIT Vellore Chapter of Uddeshya.
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