The controversial CSIR declaration form


“Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India, a premier national R&D organisation, is among the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organisation. CSIR’s pioneering sustained contribution to S&T human resource development is acclaimed nationally. Human Resource Development Group (HRDG), a division of CSIR realises this objective through various grants, fellowship schemes etc.”

This is the description of CSIR in the official website. CSIR has recently landed in a controversy when Associate Professor Dr. Joby Joseph, a faculty at Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad made a Facebook post about an absurd declaration form. The form has to be filled and signed while accepting the research fellowship or associateship. The first controversial part of the form is this particular field which asks the research fellow to sign a field below. You can access the complete form here: (Declaration/Undertaking form)

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CSIR boasts to be one if the “premier Research and Development organisation” in India. While it is okay for a government funding agency to pledge allegiance to the country and constitution, how “scientific” is it to remind “god’s help” in carrying out their research. The complete lack of scientific temper from elite Indian research organisations is sickening. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been constantly flagged by rationalists for offering “special prayers”, “placing replica of Mars orbiter mission” etc at Tirupati Temple. None of this define the scientific temper expected from these institutions.

Another part of this undertaking is the sections where the candidates are asked to sign some twisted fields based on their marital status. The unmarried male candidates are not allowed to marry for second time if ‘alive’ or ‘legally separated’ but could do the same after obtaining permission from “competent authority”. Similar fields have been given to ‘married male’ and ‘female candidates’. How on earth does does ‘marital status’ affect or foster research?

Many research scholars readily condemned this particular declaration.

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