Why is Yamini Aiyar quitting as CPR’s chief executive?

Yamini Aiyar, the chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), has announced her decision to step down from her role on March 31, 2024. CPR is a prominent public policy think-tank. Founded in 1973 and situated in New Delhi.


A young researcher, Maya, started her career at CPR as a researcher just a few weeks ago. She recently received the news that Yamini Aiyar, the chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), will step down from her role on March 31, 2024. Maya’s senior, Prasad, and Maya’s friend, Amit, are sitting at a tea stall. Amit is an outsider who doesn’t know anything about CPR.

Yamini Aiyar Steps Down as CPR Chief Executive

Maya asks her senior Prasad. “Why is Yamini Aiyar quitting as CPR (Centre for Policy Research) chief executive? It’s surprising”.

Prasad: Yes, it’s surprising. She wants to focus more on her search interests; she gave reasons behind her quitting. But this is not a plausible reason behind her quitting, it does not seem like a real reason.

 Maya: So, what is the real reason?

Prasad: As you might know, two months ago, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) received a final notice that its license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) was cancelled. This might have a strong connection with Yamini Aiyar’s resignation. CPR was receiving 75% of its funding from FCRA. its IT exemption status has been stayed by the Delhi High Court.

Transition of Leadership

Maya: Hmm. So, who will be the new president and Chief executive of CPR?

Amit is listening to all this but is very confused about what they are talking about.

Prasad: Do you know Dr Srinivas Chokkakula?

Amit: Yes, I know, but not much.

Prasad: Dr. Srinivas Chokkakula is a senior fellow in the Ministry of Jal Shakti Research chair. And also at CPR. He will become the new Chief Executive of CPR on April 1, 2024.

Amit’s patience wears thin, and he asks Maya, “I know you work at CPR, but what is this ‘CPR’ exactly?

“CPR, the Centre for Policy Research, is a prominent public policy think tank,”, says Maya. 

Challenges Faced by CPR

Prasad: Yes, currently CPR is facing some problems. it faced scrutiny from the Income Tax department in 2022 and two months ago its licence was cancelled. In January, Aiyar described her situation as challenging but still feeling confident. She mentioned that, compared to March 2023, the think tank’s staff had decreased significantly from 150 people to just 20.

Amit: I see.

Yamini Aiyar’s and CPR India’s Statement

Prasad: do you want to listen to the statement of CPR India on Yamini Aiyar?

Amit and Maya both nod.

Prasad: So CPR India says in their statement, “The board expresses its appreciation for her excellent and significant contribution to CPR’s tradition of engaged multidisciplinary scholarship and for the energy, commitment, and sense of purpose she brought to her role during her tenure. We wish her the very best in her future endeavours.

Maya: And what did Yamini Aiyar say in her statement?

Prasad: “It is an absolute privilege to have led and fought for this remarkable institution. CPR’s fierce intellectual independence and democratic spirit have enriched me enormously. Delighted that @CPR_India leadership will now be in the very capable hands of my wonderful colleague Srinivas.” she said in her post on x.

Maya: So, it is a very difficult time for CPR.

Prasad: Yes, it is.

They sit quietly for a few minutes, thinking about the news. Then, they all leave, each going their way, Maya and Prasad thinking about how CPR’s changes will affect them and their work.

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FAQ

1. What is the Center for Policy Research (CPR)?

CPR is a prominent public policy think-tank. Founded in 1973 and situated in New Delhi, CPR is an esteemed Indian think tank dedicated to the study and analysis of public policy.

2. What led to Yamini Aiyar’s resignation?

Aiyar cited a desire to focus more on her research interests, but the challenges faced by CPR, including the cancellation of its FCRA license, might have played a role.

3. Who will succeed Yamini Aiyar as the Chief Executive of CPR?

Dr Srinivas Chokkakula, a senior fellow at CPR and the Ministry of Jal Shakti Research chair, will take over as the new Chief Executive of CPR on April 1, 2024.

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