Erudite couple devoted to enhancing knowledge paradigm

Kumars great examples of dedicated teachers

Baron C.P. Snow, English physical chemist and novelist, rightly wrote, “I think, on the whole the scientists make slightly better husband and wife than most of us, and I admire them for it.” The Jaipur dwelling Kumar couple’s accomplishments are in tune with Snow’s quote. It refers to Prof. Ashok Kumar and his pretty scientist wife Prof. Madhu Kumar. 

In career spread over more than three decades, the Kumar couple have carved out a niche for themselves in the annals of a research-cum-teaching in their area of education at home and abroad. Their commendable contribution can confuse anyone trying to put one ahead of another academically.

Suave and sophisticated Kumar twain are cordial and warm-hearted popular couple with a big circle of friends and admirers both at home and abroad involved in different facets of their endeavours.  The words of Benjamin Franklin, American author, scientist and statesman, will testify to the traits of Kumar dyad, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

The Kumar couple with their single-minded devotion, unique research outputs and substantial contribution to put education on pedestal have carved a niche for themselves in the academic community. Malcolm X, African-American human rights activist very candidly put the role of education in the right perspective when he said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” The duo of learned Prof. Ashok Kumar and his iconic scientist wife Prof. Madhu Kumar have been actively involved in enhancing learning and knowledge in their academic ambits. The Kumar couple are internationally acclaimed academicians and scientists whose fame fans across countries and continents. A high degree of commitment and visionary approach has enabled them to contribute substantially in their respective domains.

Born at Moradabad, 71 year-old, Prof. Ashok Kumar had his education at then iconic Allahabad University and took to teaching at his alma mater. His aptitude for research and teaching took him to Rajasthan, Himachal and Lucknow Universities before the prodigal returned home to occupy professorial chair in 2001.

A Zoology teacher of standing and researcher of class, Prof. Kumar is an eminent scientist in the field of Radiation and Cancer Biology. His work has been recognized both at the National and International level, He has guided MPhil (7) and Ph.D. students (35). He is recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany, Japanese Post-Doctoral fellowship and visiting international professor at Shiga Medical University, Japan, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He has published more than 125 research publications in National and International Journals in collaborations with American, English, German, Japanese, Korean scientists during his tenure as a research/visiting scientist. As a distinguished scientist, he occupies a place of prominence in several National/International Societies where he has been entrusted with the onerous responsibility of reviewing journals, besides being examiner for the PhD thesis even in foreign universities. He is regularly invited to deliver lectures in international seminars/symposia in renowned institutes/universities at home and abroad, including Australia,  Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and the USA because of hi scholastic attainments.

Prof.  Kumar’s long-standing dedication to the cause of education pitch forked him into the pedestal position of Vice Chancellor of five universities. The academic administration sojourn initially took him to CSJMU, Kanpur as its Vice Chancellor in 2012, followed by stints in same capacity in DDU, Gorakhpur; returning to his native town Jaipur to take over as President (Vice Chancellor) Vedic University, Chittorgarh and presently at Nirwan University, Jaipur.  He has served these academic institutions with dignity and decorum.

His profile is a testimony of a reputed teacher, admired by his students for his dedication and a researcher by his research scholars for his commitment and single-minded devotion to his area of study. With long time of his life spent in teaching and research, he may be looking back with satisfaction in the words of Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist, who wrote, “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the student.” 

Prof. Kumar’s wife, Prof. Madhu Kumar did not lag behind her illustrious husband. Keen to upgrade her academic attainments, she obtained her Ph.D. from Rajasthan University while being JRF, SRF awarder and went on to work as Pool Officer, Research Associate of the CSIR, based on her sound academic credentials. She joined her alma mater as assistant professor in 1986. By upgrading her academic and research inputs, she rose to the rank of professor in 2008. Her research projects have been supported by the UGC, DST-DAAD and Indo-German research SAP project. She has been to Germany, South Korea, Thailand, Mauritius, Japan and the USA on professional assignments. She is recipient of best oral presentation international and best poster presentation awards. Prof. Madhu has been professor emeritus (UGC) 2015-17, guest faculty professor at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur and guided 25 PhD students. In addition to her Institutional responsibilities, she devotes time for social work as well.

She is very humane in her outlook and firmly subscribes to words of Emilie du Chatelet, French mathematician, physicist, and author, “Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.”

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