Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal served as the first regular Vice Chancellor of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana, the first rural women university of North India for two terms and introduced a series of reforms and innovative practices in the university.
Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal is presently, the Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the second women Secretary General of the Association in its 97 years of existence. She has been serving the higher education sector for more than 03 decades at senior positions at the University Grants Commission of India. She is the Chief Commissioner for Guides of Bharat Scouts and Guides. She is also the Member of General Assembly and Finance Committee of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal is a Fulbright Scholar and has been a topper in MSc and PhD in Agricultural Statistics from IARI, New Delhi. Dr Mittal is also the recipient of many Awards and Honours like Fulbright Nehru Scholarship grant for Educational Administrators, President of India Award in 2017 for Digital Initiatives in Higher education, Honorary Doctorate-D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from Karnataka State Women’s University, Karnataka, First Padam Shri Subhashini Devi Award 2018 for contributions in Societal Development and Community Engagement, Qimpro Gold Standard Award for leadership in Education for the year 2018 and Smt. Sushma Swaraj Stree Shakti Samman 2020.
Dr Mittal has visited a number of countries like USA, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, China, South Korea, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines to name a few, for academic purposes for presenting papers in international conferences and for academic exchanges. She has published a number of papers, articles, occasional papers and reports on issues relating to higher education and women empowerment in national and international journals.