Citizen science with its enormous potential to democratise science and contribute to 'big' projects has gained momentum around the world in the last two decades. India with its current demographics and the level of penetration of technology has a huge opportunity to harness citizen science for the benefit of science and society. However, its growth in India has remained slow and lopsided with some sporadic projects working on a few thematic areas in mostly southern and western India. In this article, various issues are analysed that plague citizen science in India and argue that the absence of an institutional structure to support it is one of the main reasons for its underdevelopment. Further, a model is proposed for the institutionalisation taking into account various stakeholders and challenges. The objective of this model is to improve the 'ease of doing citizen science in India' and thereby making it more widespread and accessible.