25th August 2013
Did Rajiv Dixit ever qualify from IIT Kanpur? Did he get a doctorate from France? Was he ever employed by CSIR? Did he publish anything on anti-gravity?
[Addendum, 16 December 2016: Someone has sent me the RTI that confirms that Rajiv Dixit did NOT qualify from IIT Kanpur. I’ve uploaded the RTI on my server: From Ministry of Human Resources Development | From IIT Kanpur. Now the issues that remain are regarding the doctorate he claims he had from France, and that he was employed by CSIR]
Addendum 22 December 2016: FORGED RTI BEING CIRCULATED by Rohit Dubey]
====ORIGINAL BLOG POST DATED 25 AUGUST 2013====
I chanced upon this amazing talk by Rajiv Dixit today:
This is as close to absurdity as anything I’ve come across in my life. He claims not only that he is a great scientist but that the Max Planck Institute was willing to pay BILLIONS of dollars for his work. And that Government of India was party to this German stealing of Indian research, and so he stopped his research rather than give away his intellectual property to Germany.
I’ve gotten used to the idea of Rajiv Dixit making absurd – and often blatantly false – claims about a number of things. I’ve rebutted some of them on this blog (e.g. this). But this is something we can now directly investigate. After all, his own academic credentials, job history and publications should not be a secret. This is one set of facts which is unassailable.
Rajiv Dixit’s qualifications?
Rajiv went about lecturing in various campuses stating that he was an IIT alumnus.
This website says he had a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad– 1983 -1985. [Sanjeev: but this institute came up only in 2000 – so that can be ruled out].
[Sanjeev: Rajivdixit.com says: उनकी प्रारंभिक व माध्यमिक शिक्षा फिरोजाबाद में हुयी उसके बाद 1984 में उच्च शिक्षा के लिए वे इलाहबाद गए. So how could he get any BTech in just one year?]
The website Rajivdixit.com, however, says this:
वे सैटेलाईट टेलीकम्युनिकेशन के क्षेत्र में उच्च शिक्षा प्राप्त करना चाहते थे लेकिन अपनी IIT कानपूर से B.Tech की शिक्षा आखिरी वर्ष में ही छोड़कर देश को विदेशी कंपनियों की लूट से मुक्त कराने और भारत को स्वदेशी बनाने के आन्दोलन में कूद पड़े | इसी बीच उनकी प्रतिभा के कारण CSIR में कुछ परियोजनाओ पर काम करने और विदेशो में शोध पत्र पढने का मौका भी मिला |
a) This indicates he was doing a B.Tech from IIT Kanpur. That is plausible. But he did NOT complete his B.Tech. That is almost certain, for it is unexpected that a RajivDixit.com website would lie on this matter.
b) As far as the year is concerned, given he started in 1984 and he dropped out in the last year, he would have done three years at IIT Kanpur from 1984-87.
c) He MAY have also obtained a B.Tech from NIT Allahabad during this period – although that is doubtful. Will need evidence.
d) We should rule out any B.Tech from IIIT unless proper proof is offered.
He pursued M.Tech in Satellite Telecommunications from IIT Kanpur and pursued doctorate in telecommunications in France. [Source]
a) The years cited are implausible. Since when has IIT Kanpur started awarding a one year MTech to someone with a 2 year B.Tech degree – assuming he had any B.Tech degree at all? Being November 1967 born, Rajiv Dixit would have been 18 years old by July 1986. IIT does not accept anyone below age 17 – but that’s for a 4 year BTech degree. So how could he complete his MTech by age 18?.]
b) If he did not have any B.Tech degree (as above) then he could not have got an M.Tech degree from IIT Kanpur. I’m not sure if IIT offers admission to M.Tech without a proper bachelors degree.
d) The only plausible scenario is that he dropped out in 1987 from IITK, got a B.Tech (somehow) from NIT by 1988, and enrolled at IITK from 1988-1990 for MTech. But he definitely did not get his M.Tech in 1986. The earliest would be 1990.
Wikipedia says he had a PhD from France. This website says this: Ph.D. from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble City in France – 1986 -1987 [Sanjeev: this means he got his PhD before his 20th birthday.]
- If the year (1987) is right he almost certainly did not get any doctorate. Doesn’t make sense at all. How could a top ranking university in France admit him without a degree (since he could not have completed any degree by 1986 – as we have seen above), leave alone award a doctorate – also before he was 20 years old?
- The only possibility is if he got his doctorate (if any) much later. The earliest I can think of is 1992.
This website says this about his work:
- Scientist in France, satellite telecommunication – 1987 – 1988
- Scientist, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, worked with Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India – 1988 – 1989 [Sanjeev: The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology was established in 2007!]
He is also said to have worked in CSIR [He worked at CSRI (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) as a Scientist but ultimately resigned from his job TO SPREAD THE GREATNESS OF INDIA! [Source]]
In any case, after 1991 he became an active full time swadeshi activist and dropped all science.
1991 में डंकल प्रस्तावों के खिलाफ घूम घूम कर जन जाग्रति की और रेलियाँ निकाली | कोका कोला और पेप्सी जैसे पेयों के खिलाफ अभियान चलाया और कानूनी कार्यवाही की |
1991-92 में राजस्थान के अलवर जिले में केडिया कंपनी के शराब कारखानों को बंद करवाने में भूमिका निभाई |1995-96 में टिहरी बाँध के खिलाफ ऐतिहासिक मोर्चा और संघर्ष किया
a) I have been unable to find any record of any of his higher studies/employment in CSIR/doctorate from France.
b) Why would anyone in CSIR hire someone who had no qualifications – that is not clear.
c) He MAY have worked in France in some capacity. Details are not known.
d) Further, there is a claim made that he conducted research in “foreign countries”. What exactly was that research? Who hired him?
Anti-gravity research is quite common across the world
What about anti-gravity? Well, there have been numerous efforts in this regard well before any Indian (CSIR) effort. Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-gravity
I searched the world’s scientific journals and found at least 3000 journal articles with reference to ‘anti-gravity’ but none was authored by any Rajiv Dixit. (I found one Rajiv Dixit who has recently started publishing on brain science, but nothing on physics by any Rajiv Dixit). If nothing else, he should have published something in an Indian journal, or even in some publication of CSIR.
NO. THERE IS NO RECORD NOR MENTION OF RAJIV DIXIT ON THE CSIR WEBSITE.
Request to readers
Would anyone please provide me a scanned copy of ANY OF RAJIV DIXIT’S SCIENTIFIC WRITINGS?
Also could anyone please go to IIT Kanpur and verify whether he ever completed any degree from there?
Would anyone please provide me a scanned/PDF copy of his doctoral dissertation from “France”?
Would anyone please provide me proof of his employment by CSIR?
I am now beginning to get some very serious doubts about Rajiv Dixit’s INTEGRITY. But before I make any strong comments let me be sure.
I invite PROOF OF RAJIV DIXIT’S ACADEMIC AND CAREER CREDENTIALS.
ADDENDUM, 27 July 2015
After the total failure of anyone in the world to provide any evidence re: Dixit’s credentials, I spent a few minutes to compile the following blog post: The confused and deeply ignorant Rajiv Dixit. It points to the HUGE ignorance of this man on the most basic scientific matters.