Born in an eminent Pandit family in the picturesque valley of Kashmir, India on January 2, 1954, Professor (Dr.) Rattan Lal Hangloo received his higher education from Kashmir University, Srinagar and Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. Completing the Post Doctoral studies, this brilliant student of History has served Srinagar University, North Eastern Hill University, Central University of Punjab, Central University of Hyderabad and several other Universities outside India.
Prof. Hangloo was awarded a DAAD Fellowship by Federal Republic of Germany in 1997 to pursue research on Economic History of India (With special reference to silk route trade) at South Asian Institute of the Heidelberg University, Germany. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship by the Fulbright American Studies Institute to participate in the Institute’s Programme Modern South Asia at University of Delaware, Philadelphia, USA in 2003. He was twice offered Visiting Fellowship by Foundation Maison de Sciences del homme of Paris France in 1997 and 2010.
Prof. Rattan Lal Hangloo was invited by the President of the Republic of Turkmenistan (Former Soviet Republic) to deliver the First Bairam Khan Memorial Lecture at Maktum Quli University at Ashkabad, Turkmenistan (Former Soviet Republic) in September 1997. He was invited by Gadhar Heritage Foundation of California, USA to deliver First Budh Singh Dillon (Founder of Gadhar Party in USA) Memorial Lecture in the historic Gadhar Memorial Hall at San Francisco, California, U.S.A. in August 1998. He was invited by Kashmiri Overseas Association at Washington, U.S.A to deliver a lecture on Kashmir in Pre-Modern and Modern times in, 1998. He was also invited by Asian Studies Centre of Michigan University U.S.A to give a lecture on Kashmir and South Asia in July, 1998. Invited by 14th International Congress of Ethnology and Anthropological Sciences he presented a paper on Human Rights, Islam and Kashmir at College of William and Mary, William’s berg, U.S.A.1998.
Invited by the XIII International Congress of Economic History Association held at Buenos Aires, Argentina Prof. Hangloo presented a paper on Urbanization of Ladakh Region held in July 2002. Invited by Russian Academy of Sciences and the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan he attended International Conference at Ashgabat Turkmenistan October 2000.
He was offered by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, the prestigious assignment of the Chair of Indian Studies, at the University of West Indies, St Augustine campus, Trinidad and Tobago in September 2007 for a period of two years. He was also offered Chair of Indian Studies at Tbilisi University, Georgia by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (Through Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi), in October, 2011 for a period of two years.
Prof. Rattan Lal Hangloo was presented the Dewang Mehta National Foundation Award for outstanding contribution to Education as the best Vice-Chancellor of the Country on 28th of November 2015. He was also presented the 16th Mother Teresa International Award of Eminent Academician in January 2016.
An ardent lover of nature, Professor (Dr.) Rattan Lal Hangloo is an eminent poet of Urdu literature also. Apart from English and Kashmiri he is well conversant in Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu and Hindi.
Professor (Dr.) Rattan Lal Hangloo is married to Smt. Sharika Kaul Hangloo and they have two children Arkapratim (son) and Arkaprava (daughter).
From 2013 upto 2015 Professor (Dr.) Rattan Lal Hangloo has served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kalyani West Bengal. At present he is the Vice Chancellor of Allahabad University, Uttar Pradesh, India.