Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Additional Secretary-I

Dr(Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Additional Secretary, UGC is a Fulbright Scholar and  has been a topper in MSc and PhD in Agricultural Statistics from IARI, New Delhi. She has a wide ranging experience of more than three decades in Higher Education in the fields of Policy Planning and Management of Higher Education including  Promotion of Access,  Equity, Relevance, Quality   and   Human Resource Management. 

Dr Mittal was appointed by the Government of Haryana as the first regular Vice Chancellor of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, the first rural women university of North India, in 2008,  at a young age of 44 years , to undertake an onerous task of building up a tiny Gurukul into an institution of repute. Dr Mittal introduced a series of innovative practices and reforms as the Vice Chancellor of the only rural, residential, multi-faculty, women state university of the country which imparts education to 7000 girls from KG till PhD level in a holistic manner.     

With in a short span of about six years, spanning over two terms as the Vice Chancellor, Dr Mittal transformed the Gurukul into a university which is now on the international map with collaborations with universities like University of Baltimore, USA, St Catherine University, USA, Notingham Trent University, UK and University of Cambridge ESOL, UK and is frequented by many international experts, teachers and students. Her contributions in Institution Building coupled with blending of traditional and modern education is an exemplary contribution towards promotion of rural women folk in a unique manner.   The Social Impact of the Kanya Gurukul and the BPS Women University on the surroundings is evident  from the Census 2011 figures of  Sex Ratio of Khanpur Village, which stands at  1378 females per 1000 males in the state like Haryana which is  known for adverse sex ratio (879 for Haryana and 940 for India). Similarly the Female Literacy for Khanpur village is 76%, 10% higher than the national and state average (65.46% in India and 65.94% in Haryana).

Dr Mittal has visited a number of countries like USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines to name a few, for academic purposes for presenting papers in international conferences and for academic exchanges on behalf of UGC and the university. Dr Mittal had   led a delegation of 15 Vice Chancellors to UK for academic collaborations.

Dr Mittal is  also the proud recipient of following Awards and Honours:

 Fulbright Nehru Scholarship grant for Educational administrators

 President of India Award in 2017 for Digital Initiatives in Higher education

Honorary Doctorate-D. Litt. (Honoris Causa)  from Karnataka State Women’s  University, Bijapur, Karnataka

First Padam Shri  Subhashini Devi Award 2018 for contributions in Societal     Development and Community Engagement from the Chief Minister of Haryana.

Qimpro  Gold Standard Award  for leadership in Education for the year  2018

Dr. Mittal has been a member of various High Powered Committees and Professional Bodies including Programme Advisory Board and HRM Network Steering Committee on Human Resource Management of  Association of Common Wealth Universities, London, UGC Pay Review Committee for University and College teachers, Pay Committee for teachers in the State of Haryana, Search Committee for selection of Vice Chancellor, CDLU, Sirsa, Haryana, Board of Governors, Kerala State Council for Higher Education, Visitor’s nominee on Board of Management of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Central University, Lucknow,  Central Counseling Board, All India Engineering Entrance Examination,  Rehabilitation Council of India,  Indian Institute of Public Administration,  Board of Governors, Vellalar College for Women, Coimbatore,  Programme Advisory Committee of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, Haryana State Council for Higher Education, Haryana Innovation Council, Steering Committee of Planning Commission for formulation of XII Plan for Higher Education, Sub-Committee of Planning Commission on Leadership and Institutional Governance and Member-Convenor of Sub Committee of Planning Commission on Community Engagement of Higher Education Institutions etc.

She has published a number of papers, articles, occasional papers and reports on issues relating to higher education and women empowerment in national and international journals.