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Harbhajan Singh was born in Lumding, Assam, on August 18, 1920 to Ganga Dei and Ganda Singh, his father, who was suffering from tuberculosis. The family had to move to Lahore where they bought two houses in Gwal Mandi. His father died before he was one year old. Then his mother and two sisters died leaving him without a direct family by the time he was 4 years of age. He was brought up by his mother's younger sister who lived in Ichhara, Lahore. He was educated in the local DAV School and was a top student from a very early age. In his educational ventures, he was among the top three in Punjab but had to stop his studies for lack of money. He took up odd jobs as a sales-boy at a Homoepathic Chemist Shop in Lahore, as a lower-division clerk with the Government of India in New Delhi and then as an Assistant Librarian in Khalsa School, New Delhi.
He completed his higher education without going to college, he had two degrees in English and Hindi Literature, both from the University of Delhi. His thesis discussed Hindi poetry in the Gurumukhi script. He started his academic career as an English teacher before switching to Hindi and then to Punajbi. He worked at the University of Delhi as Professor Emeritus until he retired in 1984. He was a visited and gave lectures at many prestigious universities and institutions including the Indian Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab University , Jammu University and Gwahauti University.
He was invited to join the Department of Modern Indian Languages by a Board of Experts (a board of anthropologists and linguists), including Professor Pritam Singh, who Singh supported greatly until his death.
8/31/2011 6:22 AM
8/31/2011 6:22 AM
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