Gopi Chand Narang has won recognition around the world for his outstanding contribution to literature. Author of numerous pathbreaking scholarly books, he was the Indira Gandhi Memorial Fellow of IGNCA (2002–2004) and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellow for Residency at Bellagio Study Centre, Italy (1997). Among the many awards he has received, the most notable are the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship (2009), Padma Bhushan (2004), Sahitya Akademi Award (1995), Padma Shri (1990), and the Ghalib Award (1985). He has also been awarded the Sitara-e Imtiaz (2012) and the President’s National Gold Medal (1977) in Pakistan for his illuminating work on Allama Iqbal. He is a recipient of D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from the Central University of Hyderabad (2007), Aligarh Muslim University (2009), and Maulana Azad National University, Hyderabad (2012).
Besides teaching at the University of Delhi, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Oslo in Norway, Professor Narang has served many institutions in apex positions. He was vice-chairman, Delhi Urdu Akademi (1996–1999); vice-chairman, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language—HRD (1998–2004); vice-president, Sahitya Akademi (1998–2002); and president, Sahitya Akademi (2003–2007). Currently, he is professor emeritus at the University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia University.