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Arvind Kumar

Prof. Arvind Kumar was Centre Director, HBCSE (TIFR) for the period 1994-2008, and Raja Ramanna Fellow at HBCSE till October 2013.  Currently, he is a visiting faculty at the Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai and a member of its Academic Board.

In his early pre-doctoral work at TIFR (1964-69), post-doctoral work at CERN, Geneva (1969-70), Westfield College, London (1970-71), and the University Department of Physics, Mumbai (1971-83) he researched in a range of areas of theoretical physics: particle theory, quantum black hole physics, atomic and optical physics. After joining HBCSE in 1984, he researched in the area of mathematical modeling of educational processes and the emerging field of physics education research.  

His educational work spans across university through college to senior secondary and secondary stages. He was a member of the National Steering Committee for formulating the National Curriculum Frame-work (2005) and he chaired the Focus Group on Teaching of Science set up as part of this effort.  He has authored/co-authored a number of curricular, co-curricular and expository books and materials at different levels.  

He played a central role in launching the Science Olympiad programme in India in 1997, with HBCSE as its nodal Centre.  For many years, he was also involved in a number of other national programmes aimed at attracting meritorious students to science.  He helped establish a unique Ph.D. School in Science Education at HBCSE, as part of the TIFR Deemed University.


He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.  Among several honours, he received the INSA Teacher award (2014).  In 2010, he was awarded ‘Padma Shree’ for distinguished service in the field of education.

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