The India Post, Chandigarh, 6th Feburary, 2009 :Dr. Ishwar Dayal Gaur, Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University has been awarded Nehru Fellowship by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Teen Murti, New Delhi. This is one of the prestigious fellowships in the social sciences in India . A communication to this effect has been received from the Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) Teen Murti, New Delhi .Under this Fellowship, Dr. Gaur will undertake research in the cultural evolution of Punjab , covering the nineteenth century. Dr. Gaur, who is a prolific writer as well as a poet, has recently brought out two books, ‘Martyr as Bridegroom: Folk Representation of Bhagat Singh’ and ‘Popular Literature and Pre-Modern Societies in South Asia (edited volume). His books have attracted wide attention in the academic world. These works attempt to reconstruct history from the cultural perspective, highlighting the cultural diversities of the Indian subcontinent on the basis of vernacular literature and folklore.
Amongst other prominent persons who have got this scholarship include –Professor Irfan Habib and Professor Aijaz Ahmed.