Pushpinder Syal, PhD from Lancaster University U.K., is Professor and Chairperson (Retd), Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University Chandigarh where she has been teaching since 1978.
She was also Director at the Lucknow Campus of the English and Foreign Language University in 2010-11. She has worked and guided extensive research in the field of stylistics, language teaching and literature and has several publications in these areas, chiefly Structure and Style in Commonwealth Literature (Vikas, 1994), An Introduction to Linguistics,Grammar and Semantics,(Prentice Hall, 1997) and was guest editor of Language and Language Teaching-13, and contributor to journals of language and linguistics. She is a recipient of Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholarship, Charles Wallace Fellowship and Australia India Council Award, and presented papers in national and international conferences. In literature, she has taught and researched in African, Australian and Indian writing. She has been associated with several projects with the British Council, CBSC, NCERT, IGNOU etc. being deeply involved in teacher education and evaluation, and her current interests have expanded to translation, Sikh studies and literature in Punjabi. She lives in Chandigarh and does organic farming and voluntary service for animals.