Prof. Gopi Chand Narang

Gopi Chand Narang (born 11 February 1931 in Dukki, Balochistan) is an India-based theorist, literary critic and scholar who writes in Urdu and English. His Urdu literary criticism has incorporated a range of modern theoretical frameworks including stylistics, structuralism, post-structuralism and Eastern poetics. Narang received a master's degree in Urdu from the University of Delhi, and a research fellowship from the Ministry of Education to complete his PhD in 1958.


  • Timeline
  • Padma Bhushan Award

    Padma Bhushan awarded by the President of India

  • Padma Shri Award

    Padma Shri awarded by the President of India

  • Iqbal Centenary Gold Medal Award

    Iqbal Centenary Gold Medal awarded by the President of Pakistan

  • D.Litt. Degree (Honoris Causa) Award

    D.Litt. Degree (Honoris Causa) by the Central University of Hyderabad

  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship

    Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellowship, Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts

  • Mazzini Gold Medal

    Mazzini Gold Medal by the Government of Italy

  • Sahir Ludhianvi

    Sahir Ludhianvi Award by the Sahir Cultural Academy

  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship

    Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Residency at Bellagio Study Centre, Italy

  • Visiting Professor

    Twice Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis , U.S.A.

  • Acting Vice Chancellor

    Acting Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia University

  • Visiting Professor

    Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway

  • Member Trust

    Member Trust, National Book Trust, India

  • Rajiv Gandhi Award

    Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Secularism, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (Kanpur Chapter)

  • Sahitya Akademi Award

    Sahitya Akademi Award for work on literary theory and Indian poetics

  • Ghalib Award

    Ghalib Award for life time achievement, Ghalib Institute

  • Urdu-Hindi Sahitya Committee Award

    Urdu-Hindi Sahitya Committee Award, Lucknow

  • Amir Khusrau Award

    Amir Khusrau Award (AKSA-Chicago)

  • Canadian Academy of Urdu Language and Literature Award

    Canadian Academy of Urdu Language and Literature Award, Toronto

  • Ghalib Prize

    Ghalib Prize for the best scholarly book, Urdu Masnawiyan

  • Khwaja Ashkar Husain Award

    Khwaja Ashkar Husain Award, Toronto

  • Mir Award

    Mir Award by the Mir Academy, Lucknow

  • National Award

    National Award on Puranon ki Kahaniyangiven by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi

  • Association of Asian Studies

    Association of Asian Studies, Mid-Atlantic Region, U.S.A. Award for the promotion of Urdu Language and Literature and its education in U.S.A.

  • Bapu Reddy Jaatheeya Sahiti Puraskaram

    Bapu Reddy Jaatheeya Sahiti Puraskaram

  • Zainabia Trust Award

    Zainabia Trust Award

  • Delivered lectures

    Delivered lectures on different aspects of Indian literature and culture at the Universities of Chicago, California-Berkeley, Columbia-New York, McGill-Montreal, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Washington, Misso, London, Toronto, Oslo, Prague and Moscow

  • Author

    Author of more than 200 scholarly articles published in Indian and foreign journals of U.K., U.S.A., Norway and Czechoslovakia

  • Fellow

    Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society, London, U.K.

  • Member

    Member, Linguistic Panel & Linguistic Terminology Committee of the Taraqqi Urdu Board, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

  • Participated

    Participated in the 27th International Orientalists Congress held at Michigan University as delegate of the Government of India

  • Recipient

    Recipient of Commonwealth Fellowshipfor research in U.K.

  • Recipient

    Recipient of Ford Foundation Grant for Linguistic Institute, Indiana University

  • Prepared Anthology

    Prepared Anthology of Urdu Short Stories for UNESCO; being published by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi

  • Published Readings

    Published Readings in Literary Urdu Prose from the University of Wisconsin Press; text being used at many Universities in U.K., U.S.A., Germany, Norway, Japan and Turkey as teaching material

  • Services to Language and Literature acknowledged

    Services to Language and Literature acknowledged in the Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge, U.K.

  • Prepared a book on Indian Mythology

    Prepared a book on Indian Mythology for the National Book Trust of India

  • Served as Expert Member and Visitor

    Served as Expert Member and Visitor's Nominee on many University Selection Committees for Professors, Readers, and Lecturers, also served as Expert Member on University Grants Commission Special Committees.

  • Contributed a substantial section

    Contributed a substantial section on Modern Urdu Literature in Hindi Sahitya ka Brihat Itihas, (Nagari Pracharni Sabha, (Vol.9, pp. 216-282)

  • participated

    Contributed papers and participated in many Indian and International Seminars, Conferences, and Workshops on language and literature

  • Member

    Member, Executive Board, Sahitya Akademi, National Academy of Letters

  • Member

    Member, Programme Advisory Committee, Delhi Television (three terms)

  • the Writers Union and various literary and cultural organisations

    Visited Oslo in August 1981 at the invitation of the Government of Norway and addressed the Writers Union and various literary and cultural organisations.

  • World Congress of Sociology

    Participated in the 10th World Congress of Sociology held in Mexico City in August 1982, and presented a paper on Urdu Orthography.

  • Visited

    Visited U.S.A., Canada, and U.K. in 1982, 1986, 1992 & 2001 and gave lectures at the Universities of California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Chicago, Minnesota, Cornell, Philadelphia, Toronto and London.

  • Visited

    Visited U.S.S.R. on the invitation of the Soviet Union to participate in the International Forum on Nuclear Disarmament and Peace in Moscow, and also visited Central Asia, and delivered lectures in Tashkent, Bukhara, and Samarkent, 1986.

  • Visited

    Visted Saudi Arabia and participated in the Urdu Conference, Jeddah; also visited Riyadh

  • Member

    Member, Advisory Panel, National Book Trust of India

  • Member

    Member, Governing Body, Laxmi Bai College, Delhi University

  • Delegate

    Delegate at the Asian Literary Perspectives Conference, Washington D.C.

  • Khalsa Tri-Centenary Award

    Khalsa Tri-Centenary Award

  • Member

    Member, Language Advisory Committee, NCERT

  • Vice-Chairman

    Vice-Chairman, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language

  • Vice-Chairman

    Vice-Chairman, Delhi Urdu Academy

  • Member

    Member, Advisory Board, T.V. Urdu Channel, Doordarshan

  • Member

    Member, Advisory Committee on Culture, Government of India

  • Member

    Member, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), Government of India

Fellowships & Grants

  • Humanities Research Fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, to complete doctoral dissertation, 1954-57.
  • Commonwealth Fellowship awarded by the Government of U.K. for research work under the auspices of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London - declined in order to accept the University of Wisconsin's offer (1963)
  • Grant from Ford Foundation to attend the Summer Linguistic Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1964.
  • Grant from Michigan University to participate in the 27th International Orientalists Congress held in Ann Arbor, 1968.
  • National Fellow, University Grants Commission, 1985-1986.
  • Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Residency at Bellagio Study Centre, Italy, 1997

Teaching & Research Positions

  • Lecturer, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, 1957-58
  • Lecturer, University of Delhi, 1959-1961.
  • Reader, Department of Urdu, University of Delhi, 1961-1974.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1963-65.
  • Reinvited as Visiting Professor by the University of Wisconsin for a second term, 1968-70.
  • Visiting Professor, South Asia Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1969 (Summer Institute).
  • Professor and Head, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi (1974-1985).
  • Professor of Urdu, Delhi University, Delhi (1986- 1995).
  • Professor Emeritus, Delhi University, 2005. (Present Position)