Exposing Corruption at CSIR – The Report that Got Me Fired
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.