Maharshi Valmiki is considered the first poet of classical Sanskrit Literature. He composed Ramakatha in verses. This work is called Ramayana,Ramacarita,Sitacarita and Paulastya-Vadha. Valmiki was a great scholar of his time. He had the divine power.Millions of people worship this Rishi and consider him as their God. In Indian literature any poet who wrote Ramakatha ,paid his homage to this Rishi.
For the last 150 years scholars are doing research on Ramayana. A vast research has been done on the different aspects of Valmiki Ramayana. But no one has paid any attention to the life history of Rishi Valmiki . Keeping in view etymology of the word-Valmiki -(Valmike bhavah iti Valmiki ), many baseless stories were developed around his personalily . To find out the facts about Rishi Valmiki a deep and thorough research was done by Dr.(Prof.) MANJULA SAHDEV. This work was published by Punjabi University,Patiala in the year,1980.
This study created interest among the scholars as well as in common man, to know more about Rishi Valmiki and his works. Keeping in view the demand of the people, Punjab Government took the step to establish a study center entitled "MAHARSHI VALMIKI CHAIR".This Chair is constituted in the Campus of Punjabi University, Patiala.
This Chair started its working on 16.10.1995.with the appointment of one Professor. Its first function - "SEMINAR AND INAUGURATION" was held on 15.3.1996.
Second NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM was held on 27.2.1997.
The third NATIONAL SEMINAR was organized on 09-10.12.1997.
The research papers submitted by the scholars in these three Seminars were published in the form of two books.
The Department has collected books on Rishi Valmiki and his work Ramayana.
Faculty (Click on Faculty Name for Bio data)
Dr. Inder Mohan Singh (Incharge)
Smt. Shalu Shukla ( Research Associate)