Uday Kumar Verma has a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from the Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and a Master's in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, United States. He also has a post-graduate diploma in French language. Verma served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Verma was a key player in drafting broadcast-related legislations. Prior to joining the MIB, Verma was Secretary in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He belongs to the 1976 batch of IAS of the Madhya Pradesh cadre. In his career spanning 37 years, Verma has served as district magistrate and collector in three districts of Madhya Pradesh - Panna, Mandla and Bilaspur. He has also held positions of Director, Handlooms and Textiles, Industries Commissioner, Commissioner, Women and Child Development, Tribal Commissioner and Health Commissioner in Madhya Pradesh. In the Central Government, he has held posts at various levels. He has been the Private Secretary to Union Ministers, and also the Deputy Secretary/ Director in the Ministries of Rural Development and Human Resource Development. He has also served as the Joint Secretary in Labour Ministry.