Dr. Jai Bhagwan Goyal, Former Professor and Chairman, Department of Hindi, Kurukshetra University and UGC Emeritus Fellow is an eminent Scholar and a prolific writer.
During the past five decades of his active literary pursuits, he has done extensive and commendable research work on a very vast and wide range of Hindi Literature, particularly of medieval period. However, his specialized field of study is ‘Hindi Literature available in Gurumukhi Script’. He had done highly laudable work in this field.
Dr. Goyal has explored and studied a large number of manuscripts on various subjects available in ‘Sikh Reference Library’, ‘Public Library’, ‘Moti Bagh Palace Library’, ‘Punjab Language Deptt. Library’ Patiala, ‘National Library’ Kolkata, Ananadpur Sahib Gurudwara Library and Several other Gurudwaras and Akhras.
From the studies of these works Dr. Goyal found that there is a rich treasure of Hindi literary works available in Gurumukhi Script, but not much has been done to discover the literary genius of these compositions.
It was given to Dr. Goyal to have done pioneering research work in rediscovering these works and bringing before the Hindi World of letters this literary wealth.
Dr. Goyal brought these valuable literary compositions within the fold of Hindi Literature and thus enriched the grandiose and candour of the History of Hindi Literature. In the words of the tallest Hindi literature, Padmabhushan late Acharya Hazari Prasad Dewedi “Dr. Goyal has broken Virgin Soil by brining into light the contribution of (joint Punjab to the development and growth of Hindi literature.”