The Department of Punjabi was culled out of Department of Modern Indian Languages (now known as Department of M.I.L.& Literary Studies) in 1985, with a faculty that has included, world renowned scholars like Prof. Harbhajan Singh, Prof. Attar Singh, Prof. Tarlok Singh Kanwar, Prof. Atamjit Singh, Prof.S S Noor. The department prides itself for having produced some of the finest alumni who have gone on to become reputed academicians in various universities in India and Abroad.
With a remarkable legacy of being the nerve centre for Delhi School of Punjabi Criticism, the department has kept up with the changing times by hosting national and international conferences and seminars, memorial lectures, Diaspora series annually. The platform provided by the department for live wire interactions among thinkers, writers and teachers on one hand, and between the intellectuals and the students on the other hand, has ensured that the department remains at the centre of Punjabi literature and culture’s dynamic transformation through the decades.
The Department of Punjabi has also ensured that keeps its dialogue with the college teachers by ensuring regular workshops, promoting Co-operative and Guest teaching under the faculty improvement scheme and by taking keen interest in promoting Punjabi language at the Under-graduate level. The department offers admissions to Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Certificate and Diploma Courses in Punjabi.
The Department’s faculty has been honoured with some of the highest civilian honours/Awards such as Padma Shri for Prof. Attar Singh, Kabir and Saraswati Samman for Prof. Harbhajan Singh, Sahitya Akademi Award for Prof S.S. Noor, Majlis-e-Bulleh Shah International Award from Pakistan for Prof. Kuljit Shellie, (former Dean, Faculty of Arts) and Antar Rashtri Sahitkar/Kalakawr Award (2002) from International Association of Punjabi Authors and Artists Inc. Canada and Modern Literary Scholar Award (2002) by Punjabi Academy, Wolverhampton, U.K. for Dr. Manjit Singh. Almost all the present faculty members (mentioned separately) have been honoured with other local and state level Awards for their contributions to Punjabi Literature.
Currently, the Department is flourishing under Dr. Manjit Singh’s (Associate Professor) Headship.
Details related to Research /Projects Activities are available in the indiviual proformas of all the faculty members given separately.
1.Punjabi Department of this University organized a two-days National Seminar on the subject “Revisiting Rabindranath Tagore’s Literary Writings Translated in Punjabi Language” on 30th-31st May 2012 followed by a Punjabi Poets Meet to pay tributes to Shri Rabinderanath Tagore --------- an eminent internationally known genius & a versatile personality of Bangla Literature, on 31st May 2012 evening at the same venue. Around twenty five eminent scholars & almost equal number of poets of Punjabi letters participated in these functions. Both of these functions were sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Shri. Rabindranath Tagore under Tagore Commemoration Grant Schme (T.C.G.S.).
2.Punjabi department in collaboration with Punjabi Academy, Delhi & Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Delhi organized a Symposium on Dr. Mohinder Kaur Gill’s latest Poetry Collection “Hamri Gat- Mit” on 29th October, 2012. Dr. Jaspal Singh (Vice-chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala) delivered the Inaugural Address. S. Tarlochan Singh (Ex. M.P. and Member, National Minority Commission, Govt. of India) was the Chief Guest.
3.Punjabi Department of this University organized a two-days National Seminar on the subject “Re-visiting Literary Writings of Late Sh Kartar Singh Duggal--------- an eminent Punjabi writer of national and international repute” on 19th -20th March, 2013 (i.e. Tuesday & Wednesday) in the Departmental Seminar Hall (Room No. 101, Arts Faculty, Extension Bldg. University of Delhi, Delhi-110007) Around twenty five eminent scholars of Punjabi letters participated in this seminar. This seminar is sponsored by Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Delhi------ a non-governmental literary organization, fully dedicated to the cause of promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture.
Future academic events of the department will be displayed on the University Website, in the due course of time.