Gopi Chand Narang

MILESTONES: Safar-e I’shq GOPI CHAND NARANG

1930
Born on February 11, 1930 in Dukki, Balochistan.
Date of birth as per official records–January 1, 1931.

1946
Passed Matriculation examination, securing the first position.

1947
Reached Delhi safely by a Red Cross plane at the peak of Quetta communal riots.

1948
Passed Intermediate examination from Dilli College, Ajmer Board.

1950

Passed BA examination from Panjab University, Campus Delhi.

1954
Passed MA examination in Urdu. First class first. Delhi University.

1955
Married Tara Narang.

1956
Father Dharam Chand Narang reached Delhi after his retirement from the Balochistan provincial revenue service.

1957
Research Fellowship, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
Appointed as re-vacancy Lecturer in Urdu at St. Stephens College.
Birth of son, Arun Narang.

1958
Completed Doctoral degree from Delhi University with dissertation on: A Cultural Study of Urdu
Poetry.

1959
Appointed Lecturer, Department of Urdu, Delhi University.

1960
Completed P.G. Diploma in Linguistics, Delhi University.

1961
Completed Hons. in Persian from the Punjab University.
Promoted as Reader, Department of Urdu, Delhi University.

1962

Ghalib Award, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

1963

Appointed as Visiting Professor Wisconsin University, Madison, USA (First time)
Commonwealth Fellowship for higher studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London, (Declined). 

1966
Attended a Summer School training course in linguistics at the Indiana University in USA under
a grant from the Ford Foundation.

1968
Visiting Professor Wisconsin University, Madison, USA (Second time).

1969
Visiting Professor, Minnesota University (Summer Institute), Minneapolis, USA.

1974
Married Manorma Narang.

Appointed Professor and Head, Department of Urdu, Jamia Millia Islamia.

1976

Birth of son, Tarun Narang.

1977
Iqbal Centenary Gold Medal Award by the President of Pakistan.
Mir Award, Mir National Akademi, Lucknow.

1981
Appointed Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Languages, Jamia Millia Islamia.
Acting Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia.

1982
Death of father, Dharam Chand Narang.
Aligarh Alumni Association Fellowship, Washington, D.C.
Canadian Urdu Writers Society Award, Toronto.

1985
National Fellow, University Grants Commission.
Ghalib Award, Ghalib Institute, New Delhi.

1986
Appointed Professor, Department of Urdu, Delhi University.

1987
Death of mother, Tekan Bai.

1990
Honored by Padam Shri Award by the President of India.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Award, Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy.

1995
Honored by the Sahitya Akademi Award.

1997
Awarded Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Study at Bellajio Center in Italy.
Visiting Professor, Oslo University, Norway.

1998
Appointed Vice President, Sahitya Akademi (National Academy of Letters).

1999
Vice President, Urdu Academy, State of Delhi.
Hindi-Urdu Committee Award, Lucknow.

2002
Granted Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship.
Doha, Qatar, Furogh-e Urdu Adab Award.

2002-2004
Appointed Vice Chairman, National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language.

2003
Elected President, Sahitya Akademi.

2004
Honored by Padam Bhushan Award by the President of India.

2005
Mazzini Gold Medal by Government of Italy.
European Urdu Writers Union Award, London.

2006
Professor Emeritus, Delhi University.

2007
D. Lit. Hon. Causa by Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

2009
Appointed Fellow, Sahitya Akademi.
D. Lit. Hon. Causa by Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

2010
Bahadur Shah Zafar Award, Urdu Academy, State of Delhi.

2011
Bharati Bhasha Parishad Bengal Award, Kolkata.

2012
Honored by Sitara-e Imtiaz Award by the President of Pakistan.
Moorti Devi Award, Bharatiya Jnanpith.

Iqbal Samman, Government of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal.

2013
Professor Emeritus, Jamia Millia Islamia.

2021

Award for Excellence in Book Production by the All India Publishers Association on the book, Ghalib: Arthvatta, Rachnatmakta Evam Shunyata, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. 

Note: Someother awards and recognitions conferred on Professor Gopi Chand Narang by the
state, national, international literary and non-profit organizations have not been included in this
list.

(Edited : Surinder Deol)