Exposing Corruption at CSIR – The Report that Got Me Fired

Exposing Corruption at CSIR - The Report that Got Me Fired
By Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai | June 30, 2016
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By Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai

In 2009, while in India on a Fulbright fellowship, I was appointed as the first Outstanding Scientist Technologist of Indian Origin (STIO) at the Additional Secretary level of the Indian Government, the highest Scientist Level H posting possible, by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India with the directive to unleash innovation across the nearly 40 labs of the Council for Indian Science and Research (CSIR).

In October of 2009, based on my observations, I released an honest and detailed report with the sincere aim to promote transparency and dialog to address the significant and fundamental issues that were barriers to Indian innovation. Within hours of releasing this report, my email and communication with the nearly 4,500 scientists across CSIR was terminated. I was fired, evicted from my house, and threatened with arrest, forcing me to leave India, and derailing my mission to serve my motherland.

Below are the report authored by me on the mess at CSIR titled CSIR-TECH - Path Forward and an article on Nature India titled Innovation demands Freedom. The article published by Nature India was taken down by its editor after pressure from the Indian government. You can download both these files by clicking on the images.

Report on CSIR by Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai. Click to download PDF.

The report on CSIR that got Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai fired and which led to harassment by officials and government agencies which resulted in having to flee his motherland. Click on image to download PDF.

Article in Nature India on Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai. Click to download PDF.

Article in Nature India on Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai and his message that innovation demands freedom, which was later removed under pressure from the Indian government. Click on image to download PDF.