Professor Joginder Singh Rahi is a distinguished Punjabi Scholar and a known critic of Punjabi literature. He joined Guru Nanak Dev University in 1971 as a lecturer when the university was only a couple of years old. He was a teacher activist and stood for the rights of the teaching faculty. Professor Rahi is one of the pioneer teachers of the university who retired as a senior Professor in the School of Punjabi Studies.
Professor Rahi’s contribution to the university and to the School of Punjabi Studies is enormous. He was one of the few academicians in his discipline who earned a lot of respect of his colleagues and students. He was very professional and an excellent communicator. In addition to Punjabi language, he has an excellent knowledge of English, Hindi and Urdu literature.
He was the Chief Editor, bi-annual research journal ਖੌਜ ਦਰਪਨ - KHOJ DARPAN published by the University.
In addition to his contributions to the academics as Professor and Head of the School of Punjabi Studies, Professor Rahi also held key positions in the university as Dean Students Welfare, Dean Faculty of Languages, Member Syndicate, Senate, Academic Council, and Board of Studies of the University. Dr Rahi acted as Secretary to Vice Chancellor (1982 - 83) and he was more of an advisor to the Vice Chancellor, because of his academic standing and maturity of his thoughts.
Professor Rahi has published several books and research papers. His area of specialisation is Punjabi Novel. The National Book Trust of India entrusted him to translate some of the well known works written in Hindi, Urdu and English languages. He was also honored with a prestigious national Saraswati Award.
After his retirement from the university, Professor Rahi continues to be intellectually very active. He has the honor to chair several research and literary meetings and to present his key note addresses.
Professor Rahi has two sons who are officers in the Indian Army. Professor Rahi is settled in Amritsar and lives in Defence Enclave with his wife Mrs. Davinder Kaur who retired as a Principal of Guru Harkishan Public School, Amritsar and now heads Amritsar Public School.