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Manas Bihari Verma, a noted Indian aeronautical scientist passed away at 78 in Bihar’s Darbhanga on Monday night after suffering a massive heart attack.

Mr Verma had played a vital role in the formation of India’s first light combat fighter aircraft called Tejas and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2018 for his contribution in this fields.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar took to Twitter to convey his heartfelt condolences over his demise stating that his contribution in the field of aeronautical engineering will continue to live.

“The demise of the famous scientist Padma Shri Manas Bihari Verma Ji is very sad. His death has caused irreparable damage to the science world. The nation will always remember his contribution. May God grant peace to the departed soul,” the CM’s tweet read.

In his career spanning over 35 years, Mr Manas had formulated strict aims for integrating weapons, multi-mode radar (MMR) and receiving clearance on Tejas’s primary operations while serving his tenure at Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) in Bengaluru.

Verma adopted the role of an educationist in the rural region after retiring from his career as a scientist.