K.K. Verma : Fondly remembered as Papa
b. September 15, 1915 (Janmashtami)
d. September 23, 1982

The name plate in his house in Ramnagar, Gondia, used to read
"Krishna Kumar Verma, M.A., LL.B., B.T., Sahitya Ratna"

K.K. Verma was a great follower of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and had actively participated in the Tripuri National Congress in 1939 after giving up his career as a lawyer. A nationalist, educationist and social worker, he started his career as the Head Master of Municipal High School, Gondia, in late 1930s. When he was afflicted with Malaria, a killer disease in those days, he was sent to Darjeeling by the Jasanis of Mooljee Sikka Co. to live in a hill station while managing their newly acquired tea estates. After his stint as manager of Avongrove Tea Estate in Darjeeling, he returned to Gondia and founded N.M.D. College with another philanthropist in the town - Manohar Bhai Patel, who donated his bidi godown and adjoining land for the College. Later, he expanded the network of colleges in the whole of Bhandara District under the banner of Gondia Education Society, a dream he shared with Manohar Bhai who did not have the opportunity to go to school. He was fondly remembered as 'Papa' by his scores of pupils. After he retired as the Director of the Education Society., he moved to Jabalpur where he had studied and had bought a house, and then to Poona to live with his eldest son, Lt. Col. P.K. Verma, AMC.
He passed away in the Military Hospital in Pune.


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