Professor Surjit Hans is one the outstanding teachers of Guru Nanak University who has contributed extensively to history of Punjab and Punjabi literature. He joined the Department of Guru Nanak Studies as a senior lecturer in the early 1970s after returning from UK. He was a teacher activist and was the key person who set up Guru Nanak University Teachers Association (GNUTA) in 1975 when the number of teaching faculty was around 40 or so.
He was a great champion of academic freedom of the university faculty and was dismissed from the university service for fighting for his beliefs. He honourably returned back to the University and became Professor and Head of the Department of History. Professor Hans also contributed to the academic growth in his capacity as a member of Dean Faculty of Arts, member of the Syndicate, Senate and Academic Council of the University.
He has written several books and research papers. One of his well known books is B – 40, which is based on the murals/paintings of Guru Nanak. The book is published by Guru Nanak University. He also edited a bi-monthly literary journal Lakeer. Professor Hans is also known for his kind hospitality among his friends.
After retiring from Guru Nanak Dev University, Professor Hans joined Punjabi University, Patiala and translated some of the well known works of Shakespeare in to Punjabi. He lives in Chandigarh and continues to contribute to the Punjabi literature.