Director of IIT Bhilai receives prestigious award on National Voters’ Day
On the occasion of the 12th National Voters' Day, the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), led by Prof Rajat Moona, Director, IIT Bhilai, as chairman, received a Best Electoral Practices Award from the Honourable Minister of Law and Justice of India, Shri Kiren Rijiju. Hosted by the Election Commission of India in New Delhi, the theme of this year’s event was “Making Elections Inclusive, Accessible and Participative”.
The “Special Category Award” was given to the TAG, which comprises of Prof G Siva Kumar, Professor IIT Bombay, Sri H Krishnamurthy, Chief Research Scientist (Retd) IISc Bangalore and Sri RS Mani, Deputy Director General of NIC, as members, and Prof Moona as Chairman. The group has led the IT initiatives required for the smooth functioning of the Election Commission of India.
Prof Moona, Director of IIT Bhilai, has also been one of the technical experts at the forefront of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) related developments, under the purview of Technical Experts Committee (TEC). His efforts have previously been appreciated by the Rajya Sabha and he has already won wide recognition for democratizing the electoral process through the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), to reduce the possibilities of malpractices.
Prof Moona was highly honoured on hearing the award’s announcement and said, “We have put in our best efforts at democratizing the voting process in this country to eliminate any kind of malpractices.” He also said, “We are constantly researching and developing the latest tools and secure coding for EVMs and VVPATs, linked with the Aadhar card. These advancements will set a paradigm to ensure careful planning and testing of any latest technology to be used for the years to come.”