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Director's Profile











Prof. Raghuvendra Tanwar


Service At Kurukshetra University

FACULTY POSITIONS

Lecturer/Assistant Professor History : UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, KURUKSHETRA : 8.8.1977 to 17.2.1985

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

a) Lecturer/Assistant Professor :
18.2.1985 to 15.9.1992
b) Reader/Associate Professor : 16.9.1992 to 28.3.1997
c) Professor – Open selection : 29.3.1997 to 18.1.2015
d) Senior Professor (Stage VI) : 19.1.2015 to 28.2.2015 (date of retirement)
Total Teaching Experience 37 years 6 months




ADMINISTRATIVE

OFFICES/POSITIONS HELD IN KURUKSHETRA UNIVERSITY

  • Dean Academic Affairs (11.3.2014 to 23.2.2015 date of supernuation)
  • Registrar (1.12.2008 to 15.5.2011)
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (8.7.2008 to 7.7.2011)
  • Dean Students' Welfare (24.7.2005 to 30.11.2008)
  • Head, University Museum (Dharohar) (2008 to 2011)
  • Head, Museum Dedicated to the First War of Independence-1857 (May, 2011 to 28.2.2015)
  • Editor, University Journal of Haryana Studies (April 2007 to Jan. 2009)
  • Director, Mahatma Gandhi All India Services Coaching Centre (Jan. 1996 to Feb. 2000)
  • Chairperson, Department of History (March 2005 to March 2008)
  • Public Relations Officer (Director) (March 1986 – July 1986; Dec. 1989 – Aug. 1992)
  • University Coordinator for the University Grants Commission (May 2008 to Jan. 2009)
  • Coordinator, University NAAC Steering Committee (April 2013 to 28.2.2015)


ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS

(a) First Class First Gold Medal M.A. History, Kurukshetra University (1977)
(b) Double Gold Medal For securing the highest percentage of marks in the Social Science Faculty, Kurukshetra University (1977)


SPECIAL HONOUR

(a) Professor Emeritus Conferred title of Professor Emeritus by Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (April, 2015). Title conferred for life "in recognition of contribution to teaching, research and overall development of the University".


INTERNATIONAL HONOURS

(a) Delivered Plenary lecture at International Conference of Historians, UK (2008) 'The Independence of India & Pakistan Sixtieth Anniversary Reflections', University of Southampton, U.K.
  • Large number of Key note addresses at National/International Seminars/ Conferences and Convocation addresses delivered at Colleges and other institutions over the years.


NATIONAL HONOURS/ NATIONAL LECTURES

(a) President Indian History Congress (Contemporary) (2008) A special honour to be the first, to be made the President of this new section.
(b) President Punjab History Congress (Modern) (2001) This body is the most important and oldest organization on Regional history in the country.
(c) Prof. Ganda Singh Memorial Lecture (2013) Prestigious Annual Lecture organized by the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Patiala.
(d) Prof. Sita Ram Kohli Memorial Lecture (2014) Prestigious Annual Lecture organized by the Punjab History Conference.
(e) Prof. Hari Ram Gupta Memorial Lecture (2015) Prestigious Annual Lecture organized by the Department of History, Punjab Univeristy, Chandigarh.


NATIONAL RESEARCH AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS

(i) University Grants Commission-National Fellow (Research Awardee) 2002-05.
(ii) Indian Council of Historical Research Foreign Sources Consultation Fellowship (2005).
(iii) UGC Major Research Project. April, 2013 (ongoing) "The Kashmir Dispute 1947-48: A study of Early Contemporary Views, Reactions and Press Reporting".


IMPACT FACTOR/RECOGNITION OF RESEARCH AND WRITINGS AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

(a) Reporting the Partition of Punjab: Press Public & other Opinions 1947 (648 pages) (2006) (Manohar, New Delhi), ISBN: 81-7304-674-3, (Vanguard, Lahore) ISBN: 969-402-500-1 The book was reviewed by leading historians for internationally reputed journals in the USA, Canada, UK and India.

(i) Prof. Sumit Ganguly, Professor Rabindranath Tagore Chair, Indiana University, USA (Harvard University project – Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol.10. Issue 3 Summer, 2008).
"…Raghuvendra Tanwar's scholarship is careful, honest, and prodigious. He has sifted thorough a vast corpus of material to provide a through account of how the state came to be partitioned, the role of key players, and the tragic aftermath of partition... Tanwar's contribution lies in his ability to provide a more substantive integument to the existing historical scaffolding. His attention to matters of local detail is what makes his book an important piece of historical scholarship… Tanwar's impressive work provides much useful grist for this mill"

(ii) Prof. Ian Talbot, Professor of History, University of Southampton, UK - The Book Review Vol. XXX No. 10 October, 2006. He currently holds a Chair in British History at the University of Southampton. He was formerly Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at Coventry University.
"… Professor Tanwar judiciously avoids one sided blame appointment when covering such sensitive issues as communal violence and the abduction of women… It skillfully utilizes, newspaper editorials, reports and letters… The unsparing textual narrative is accompanied by carefully selected contemporary cartoons drawn primarily from Shankar's Weekly… the work for all its wealth of material is primarily a useful source book… given the level of historical judgment and maturity that is displayed throughout. … In sum, this is meticulously researched work. It brings much new material to the subject. Good use is made of previously underutilized private papers… Some of the new material may shock the general reader, much of it is of interest to the specialist. Useful insights are provided… The volume's reflection on the two worlds of Punjab is, however, the most important and useful contribution to the subject matter of Partition. For this reason it is deserving of wide readership".

(b) Politics of Sharing Power: The Punjab Unionist Party - 1923-1947 (1999) (Manohar, New Delhi) ISBN: 81-7304-272-1 The book was received as the first authentic study of the political system that prevailed in the undivided (pre-partition) Punjab. Is in worldwide circulation.
(c) Bansi Lal: Life and Times – An Illustrated Chronicle (co-author) (2012) (S. Chand & Co., New Delhi) ISBN: 81-219-9764-X A biographical history with focus on the making of modern of Haryana. The book has been widely acclaimed. A Hindi Edition is also available.
(d) Frankly Speaking: Essays & Opinions, (2013) (Hope India, Gurgaon) ISBN: 81-7871-189-3 This is a collection of articles contributed to national newspapers mainly in the 1990s.
(e) Introduction to Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, (2016) (Bhartiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojna, New Delhi) ISBN : 978-93-82424-24-6 Hindi Edition (2016): Prabhat Prakashan, New Delhi ISBN 978-93-5186-890-3
  • A large number of research articles published in important journals/ books/ publications both nationally and internationally.
  • Writing for the last about 25 years for National Dailies on issues of historical and national interest particularly with focus on higher education. Most of the writings are Editorial page or op-ed. page articles.


RESEARCH GUIDANCE

(i) Ph.D. 15 (Awarded – 1 co-supervised);
(ii) M.Phil. 30 (approx.)
(iii) Ph.D. thesis examiner for several Universities.


MEMBER OF UNIVERSITY BODIES

(i) Member of different University bodies such as Court; Executive Council; Academic Council; Board of Post Graduate Studies; University Establishment Committee; Selection Committees for faculty positions etc.Nominee of the Chancellor on the Executive Council and selection committees of different Universities.
(ii) Management Committees of various University affiliated colleges.
(iii) On Selection Committees of different universities.


SPORTS HONOURS

(i) Captain of the Kurukshetra University Lawn Tennis Team (1975)


OTHER INTERESTS

(i) Associated with several educational institutions and educational policy framing bodies.
(ii) Associated with social/community organizations particularly those working for spread of education in rural areas. Founding member of the Maharana Pratap School, Kurukshetra.
(iii) Widely travelled across India and the world.
(iv) Reading biographies/autobiographies.
(v) Writing for national dailies.


MEMBER OF UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION AND INDIAN COUNCIL OF HISTORIAL RESEARCH COMMITTEES

(i) On UGC and ICHR Peer Review Committees for research and travel grants etc.

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