Senior IAS official Dr Raju Narayana Swamy, widely known as an anti-corruption crusader, has been awarded the prestigious Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship.
The Fellowship, instituted by George Mason University in the United States, is in recognition of his research in the field of intellectual property law. The fellowship is given to selected individuals with an object to promote a better discussion about intellectual property rights and their fundamental role in a successful and flourishing economy.
Dr Swamy has been doing research on how to make intellectual property rights offices corruption-free using scientific and technological means, including artificial intelligence and blockchain.
He has done a PG diploma with first rank in this subject from Bangalore National Law School. Dr Swamy also won the LLM with a gold medal from Delhi. He holds a diploma in cyber law (from Government Law College, Mumbai) as well as a PG in cyber law, a PG diploma in environmental law and two PG diplomas each from the National Law University, Delhi and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has also published more than 150 research papers in national and international journals of repute in areas as diverse as e-governance to intellectual property rights and is a recognized PhD guide of many universities.
Dr Swamy, a 1991 batch Kerala cadre officer, is currently the Principal Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs. He has also served as Collector in five districts and as Director of College Education, Commissioner of Agricultural Production and Chairman of the Central Coconut Development Board.
He is a prolific writer and won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Travelogue for Santhimantram Muzhangunna Thazvarayil. He has also won the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship (in cyber law). He was awarded the 2018 Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award by IIT Kanpur for his professional integrity in upholding human values.