GNDU remembers academic and writer Dr Karnail Singh Thind: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Amritsar, December 28
Former Registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University and Director of School of Punjabi Studies (retd) Dr Karnail Singh Thind has received rich tributes at the school.
Dr Thind was a renowned scholar of Punjabi Lokyan Adhiyan and Pakistani Punjabi Sahitya Adhiyan. He has held important positions such as Head of Punjabi Studies Department at Khalsa College, Director of School of Punjabi Studies at Guru Nanak Dev University, Registrar of Guru Nanak Dev University, Director of Textbook Council from Punjab State University.
Dr Manjinder Singh, head of the department, said Professor Thind’s disappearance was mourned by literary fraternity across the state. He shared his views with faculty and student researchers on Dr Thind’s invaluable contribution in the field of Punjabi language, literature, culture and folklore. âHe was a committed researcher and dedicated teacher with humanitarian concerns. He is one of the main pioneers in the field of Punjabi literary thought, âsaid Dr Singh.
He was born in Lyallpur, Pakistan and graduated from Khalsa College in Amritsar in 1953. He then became professor of Punjabi at Khalsa College in 1955. He received his doctorate in 1971 from the University of Punjab in Chandigarh. Punjab’s folklore and culture was his area of ââspecialization and his three original books related to this area were “Lokyan and Medieval Punjabi Literature”, “Punjab’s Folk Heritage Part-1” and “Punjab’s Folk Heritage Part-2”. âLokyan Adhiyanâ and âSabhyachar Darpanâ are his edited books. Likewise, one of his important books on the historical assessment of Pakistani Punjabi literature is âA Brief Survey of Pakistani Punjabi Literatureâ. This book is one of the first books written on the history of Pakistani Punjabi literature. In recognition of his glorious contribution, he has been honored from time to time by governmental and non-governmental organizations at the state, national and international levels. He has received scholarships from the International Punjabi Sahitya Sabha, London, Postgraduate Scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India, and the Baba Farid Sahit Award for his historic work in the study of Pakistani Punjabi literature.