Prof. Harpal Singh
Designation- National Fellow
Duration of Fellowship March 2022 to March 2024
Research Project The Life and Legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with special reference to the unique Indigenous System of Education evolved by him.
About: Prof Harpal Singh switched over to literature after graduating in science. The study of Panjabi and English language are of paramount interest to him. He did the Masters in Panjabi and Diploma in English translation in quick succession between 1972-75. He worked as a translator in a Publishing House for two years before taking up teaching assignment in the Evening Classes at Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh.
Thereafter he taught at Sikh National College Banga where he headed the postgraduate dept of Panjabi and remained chief editor of the college magazine for ten years. He retired as Associate Professor from the college in 2011 after putting in thirty years of service.
During all these years he has been writing and presenting papers in the seminars and conferences at the College, University, National and International forums. His latest three presentations being at New York in 2018, IIAS 2019 and IIAS 2021 relating to centenary seminars on Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur. He has translated several articles from English into Panjabi and some of his translated work has occasionally been published in Newspapers and Anthologies.
He has abiding interest in the study of History and Culture of the Panjab and Mediaeval India. He has recently concluded a write-up on the loss of heritage buildings known as Bungas that once stood around the Golden Temple but have since been demolished ; first by the British and later by the SGPC during the middle of last century. He has also been raising the issues related to the loss of Cultural Heritage in the print media.
He has high proficiency in written and spoken English and Panjabi besides having functional knowledge of Hindi. He has also studied Urdu, Persian and German at the rudimentary level.
The Study of Maharaja Ranjit Singh has ever fascinated him as his rule presented the collective might of the Panjab that ultimately turned the tide of history and paved the way for the liberation of India from the eight hundred years old yoke of the foreign subjugation. The Panjab under Ranjit Singh, for the first time, flourished as a prosperous, unified and powered country in the annals of history.
He has been currently awarded National Fellowship by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study Shimla where he is engaged in writing the project on The Life and Legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh with special reference to the unique Indigenous System of Education evolved by him.