Age: 69 Years
Hometown: Darbhanga, Bihar
Marital Status: Unmarried
|Full name||Harish Chandra Verma The Better India|
|Profession||Indian experimental physicist, professor of Physics|
|Famous For||Being the author of the two-volume textbooks Concepts of Physics|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|Hair Colour||Gray (Semi-bald)|
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Siksha Puruskar in 2017
• Padma Shri in 2020
|Date of Birth||8 April 1952 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||69 Years|
|College/University||• Patna Science College, Patna YourStory
• Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) (1975) YourStory
|Educational Qualification(s)||• B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics at Patna Science College The Better India
• M.Sc. (Physics) at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur The Better India
• Ph.D. at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur The Better India
|Controversy||A Twitter handle with the name Real Heroes shared a post saying that Professor H. C. Verma gets Rs. 1 crore as royalty for his books 'Concept of Physics,' and he donates this money to the PM's Relief Fund or to a charity. They further added that H. C. Verma pays the fees for the education of poor students, and he still rides his old Bajaj Priya scooter. In response to this, H. C. Verma made a statement on his Facebook account and said that the claims made in the Twitter post were fake, and he never owned a scooter of that color. H. C. Verma's post was shared by many people on Twitter to spread awareness regarding the fake news. India Today|
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Ganesh Prasad Verma (teacher)
Mother- Ramvati Verma
|Siblings||Brother- Devi Prasad Verma (professor)
Some Lesser Known Facts About H. C. Verma
- Harish Chandra Verma, popularly known as H. C. Verma, is an Indian experimental physicist and a retired professor of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK). H. C. Verma conducted research in the field of nuclear physics. He is well-known for the book authored by him that was published as a two-volume series ‘Concepts of Physics.’
- H. C. Verma was not at all studious when he was in school, and he used to struggle with passing his exams. However, when he was in the tenth standard, his mother was preparing his favorite sweet delicacy on the occasion of Chhath Puja and made a deal with him that for every hour he would spend studying with her, she would give two pieces of that sweet to him. He began reading and soon, he was motivated to study, and later that year, he passed all his subjects. The Better India
- After completing his formal schooling, he enrolled at Patna Science College for B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics where he stood third in the university. Further, he went to the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur to pursue his MSc (Physics) and Ph.D.
- After completing his Ph.D., Verma joined Patna Science College as a lecturer in 1980. It was during his tenure at the college that he decided to simplify the tough methods of Physics and make them more understandable for the students. After 8 years, Verma was able to complete his two-volume book ‘Concepts of Physics.’ When H. C. Verma was teaching at Patna Science College, he received an amount of Rs 796 as his first salary.
- In 1994, Verma joined the IIT Kanpur as an assistant professor where he taught a number of professional and core courses like nuclear physics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, review courses for Ph.D. students, etc. His main field of research was experimental nuclear physics.
- H. C. Verma runs an NGO called Shiksha Sopan with the help of a group of IIT Kanpur faculty members and students. The NGO provides educational help to economically weaker children living near the IIT Kanpur campus.
- H. C. Verma is a member of the executive committee of the Indian Association of Physics Teachers (IAPT). With the help of IAPT, Verma initiated a new project called the National Anveshika Network of India (NANI) in 2011. IAPT has opened up several centers in more than 22 cities across India. The initiative has helped more than 1000 schools and colleges by conducting several training activities, teaching aid development classes, etc.
- H. C. Verma has also developed more than 600 physics experiments that are used by various teachers and professors in their classrooms as demo experiments. Apart from these experiments, he has also developed several informal and open-ended experimental activities that are carried out in the classrooms where the students conceive, assemble, and perform the experiments on their own. H. C. Verma has conducted several workshops for physics school teachers and introduced them to demo-based physics training methods, which help the students to connect science with real life.
- H. C. Verma has carried out training workshops for more than 8000 teachers and according to the feedback received, more than 1000 teachers have changed their approach towards the subject, and now, they enjoy teaching Physics. From these 1000 teachers, Verma has made an informal group of about 50 teachers called ‘Utsahi Physics Teachers.’ Every year in the summers, H. C. Verma conducts workshops for these 50 Utsahi teachers, and there are always new additions to the group. These activities are funded by the National Academy of Science India (NASI).
- H. C. Verma received the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Shiksha Puruskar in 2017 by the Bihar Government. The award was given to him for his contribution to the field of education. The Telegraph
- In February 2020, H. C. Verma was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India by the Government of India for his contribution in the field of science and technology. Hindustan Times
- H. C. Verma is fond of yoga, and he is often seen doing yoga with his students and family members.
- H. C. Verma has a YouTube channel where he uploads videos on important topics related to Physics; giving some real-life examples.
- After working as a professor of Physics for almost 38 years, H. C. Verma retired from the position on 30 June 2017 from IIT Kanpur. In July 2017, a YouTube channel named ‘The Viral Fever’ uploaded a video on their channel in honor of H. C. Verma.