Ashwin Taksh is a 23-year-old small-town boy who aspires to work as a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – India's Space Program - which accepts only 0.04% of applicants. In June 2017, he is coming out of a failure in his first attempt to qualify for the highly competitive ISRO entrance exam. When he gets admitted to India's prestigious Nuclear Program instead, he accepts, even though it's not his first choice. He initiates his new job and decides to simultaneously study for the next ISRO exam-quickly learning that this is no ordinary job either. It requires him to complete a one-year stringent training program in Nuclear Science & Engineering at its Academy - learning the most complex and cutting-edge technologies of Nuclear Fission. The further he moves, the more he understands the price of achieving a dream career. When he begins to develop feelings for one of his colleagues, he discovers the politics and groupism of the Academy. He finds himself cornered by the corruption of the system.
Ashwin must decide whether he is willing to risk his sanity and achievements - risking his high-end career in the Nuclear program - for the illustrious career he has always dreamed of. This path he chose led him to make choices that pushed his career to the verge of termination. What actions and determination brought an academically poor boy into the Nuclear Program of the World's Largest Democracy? What concoction of passion, stubbornness, and ego then brought him to the verge of unemployment - A Rogue Scientist? The Boy Who Did Not Sign, through its inspirational yet twisted tale, gives you the experience of that journey to pursue a goal with an incomprehensible degree of passion.
Ashish Ranjan started his career as an Engineer. In 2016, he Graduated with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering as a department topper with a CGPA of 9.58 and a Bronze Medal. In 2017 he got selected for the Scientific Officer position at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, where he then joined and entered the one-year training program on Nuclear Science & Engineering offered by BARC Training School. He completed his training and received the degree in July 2018. On August 1st, 2018, Ashish joined the Department of Atomic Energy as a Scientific Officer but also simultaneously secured an All-India Rank of 4 in Indian Space Research Organization's National level Entrance exam for Scientist position. He then resigned from DAE and joined ISRO, where he worked in Liquid Propulsion. Ashish had been active on social media and was organizing educational events all across India ever since he joined ISRO. In January 2020, he resigned from his position in ISRO and continued working independently. He is publishing his first book inspired by his journey in India's most premier research organizations, named: "The Boy Who Did Not Sign". Ashish's Youtube channel, Torq4712 is currently at 2,37,00 subscribers and he runs a weekly Podcast called Ashish Ranjan Talks (ART) which is popular amongst the youth.