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J P Verma, PhD

Professor and Head,
Department of Sport Psychology &
Dean (Students’ Welfare)
Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education
Deemed University Gwalior, M.P., India
Email: vermajprakash@gmail.com

Area of Specialization: Sport Genetics, Sport Research, Talent Identification in Sports, &                                                       Sport  Psychology and Sport Statistics

Prologue : Prof. J P Verma is currently working as the Vice Chancellor of Sri Sri Aniruddhadeva Sports University of Assam. This is a state university of Assam Government established at Chabua in Dibrugarh. He is the founder Vice Chancellor of this university. Prior to this assignment Prof. Verma was Head, Department of Sport Psychology and Dean of Student Welfare at Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior. He has more than 38 years of teaching and research experience. Earlier also Prof. Verma has served as in-charge Vice Chancellor of LNIPE since Nov. 2014 to Sept 2015. He has worked as Director, Centre for Advanced Studies at LNIPE for about three years. This Centre used to deal with PhD and MPhil programs in Physical Education of the Institute. He is working as a professor in the Institute for more than seventeen years. Prof. Verma is a triple Masters- in Statistics, Psychology and Computer application besides PhD degree in the area of Sports Genetics. His PhD topic was “Computerized Solution of Bio-Mathematical and Bio-Statistical Problems related to Dermatoglyphic and Genetic Studies in Sports.” Prof. Verma has a unique distinction of holding Ist position in MSc (Statistics) from Kanpur university and Ist position in MA (Psychology) from Jiwaji university Gwalior.

He has successfully guided eleven PhD candidates in Physical Education and has eleven books published by the international publishers like Wiley, Springer, McGraw Hills on research methods in different areas like Sports, Physical Education, Health, Management and Psychology. He has unique distinction of publishing books in USA and Canada simultaneously, on Sports Researchfor the PhD scholars and researchers and Statistics for Exercise Science and Health for the graduate students both by Wiley, USA. These two books have been adopted by many of the foreign universities of sports. He has published 45research papers/articles in the area of sports, physical education and allied sciences in different reputed international journals.

In December 2018 he completed a major research project on talent identification in sports in the country, funded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India with a grant of Rs. 35,30,000(Thirty-five lakhs and thirty thousand only). With this knowhow talent in four different sports namely Athletics, Basketball, Gymnastics and Wrestling can be detected at an early age (in 8 to 13 years), so that they can be trained for winning medals in international tournaments like Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Since this project was completed with the support of Sports Authority of India and Army Boys Sports Company hence these two stake holders and other state Governments can use the system to select the children for advanced training in the sports.A glimpse of the project can be seen at www.tiss.net.in .

He has a patent to his credit on FitnessWatch (A fitness assessment and management system for school children and youth in 7-20 years age category). Some details of the project can be seen here. This know-how was validated by the LNIPE with the grant of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. He has acted as an expert for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), New Delhi, on various assignments. He was nominated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Chairman of the Committee for the On-the-Spot Evaluation of ongoing projects for the development of sports infrastructures and Equipment in different colleges of India. He has also been nominated by the UGC as its nominee on the Governing Body of H,V,P, Mandal’s Degree College of Physical Education, Hanuman VyayamNagapur, Amravati, (Maharashtra) affiliated to SantGadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati in November 2019 for a period of five years.

Prof. Verma was a visiting fellow in the University of Sydney in 2002. He had an academic visit in Japan, Bulgaria, Qatar, Australia, Poland and Scotland and conducted numerous workshops on research methodology and research designs in the area of sport sciences, physical education and health sciences, management and social sciencesin many foreign and Indian universities. His recent international assignments can be seen at the linksChaired Session in Tokyo Conference 2018 ,keynote speaker in National Academy of Sports Sofia, Bulgaria , Medical University Bulgaria 2017Qatar University 2017Heart hospital DohaQatar University 2016.

Prof. Verma’s schooling was done in Tezpur, Assam and Delhi and college education in Delhi and Kanpur. He is actively associated with the Ramakrishna Mission Gwalior for accomplishing his social commitments towards weaker section of the society.