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Birth- 29.7.1943, Death- 3.5.2021
Manas Bihari Verma, the great scientist and management program director of the team that built the fighter jet aircraft Tejas, will now remain in the memories. On Friday night at around 11.30 pm, he breathed his last at his sister-sister-in-law’s house at Laheriasarai. Originally a scientist of Baur, resident of Ghanshyampur block of Darbhanga district, was born on 29 July 1943. In 1970, he contributed to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as an aeronautics scientist.
During his service till 31 July 2005, he was instrumental in several defense projects in Bengaluru, New Delhi and Koraput. Eminent scientist Dr. Manas Bihari Missileman APJ had worked in Abdul Kalam’s team. After retirement, the scientist who settled in the village completely got recognition in his own soil Mithila-Tirhut when Dr. Kalam became the President. He was the chief guest of the convocation ceremony of Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga on 30 December 2005.
Before the program, he sent a message to the administration to visit Manas Bihari Verma and go to his village. But, Manas Bihari said to meet in Mithila University itself. At the same time, the then President introduced Mithila to his son from the stage of the program. Dr. Kalam laid the foundation stone of the Women’s Institute of Technology at that time. Its first director Manas Bihari Verma was created. Earlier, he was living a life of almost oblivion.
Father’s sacrifice has a profound effect on life
Manas Bihari Verma was raised in the village. Father Anand Kishore Lal Das and mother Yashoda Devi. The father joined the Civil Disobedience Movement of 1917. Later also played an important role in Vinova Bhave’s Bhoodan movement. This had a profound impact on his life. Manas Bihari Varma, who had three brothers and four sisters, did not marry. He did his matriculation at Madhepur Jawahar High School in Madhubani district. Did Inter Science College from Patna. Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bihar Engineering College (now NIT) Patna. Then did ME in 1969 from Kolkata University.
In 1986, he was the Management Program Director of the Fighter Jet Light Combat Aircraft manufacturing team led by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. There were 700 defense scientists in the team. The fighter jet formed under his leadership took its first flight on 4 January 2001. Wing Commander Rajiv Kothiyal became its first pilot. Then Dr. Kalam called him and told him – Your plane has flown. Prior to retirement, Manas Bihari was the director of Aeronautical Development Agency ie ADA Bengaluru from 2002 to 2005.