Dr. Kapil Kapoor is former Professor of English, Centre for Linguistics and English, and Concurrent Professor, Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU, from 1996-1999 and Rector (Pro-Vice-Chancellor) of the University from 1999-2002.
His teaching and research interests include literary and linguistic theories, both Indian and Western, philosophy of language, nineteenth century British life, literature and thought, and Indian intellectual traditions. He has been lecturing on these themes and has written extensively on them. He was teaching for forty-six years; he has mentored 41 Ph.D. scholars and 36 for M.Phil.
His two books, Dimensions of Panini Grammar: Indian Grammatical System and Text and Interpretation: The Indian Tradition, have been published in 2005. Indian Knowledge Systems (2 Vols.), edited by him, has also been published (2005). Literary Theory, Indian Conceptual Framework (1998); Canonical Texts of Literary Criticism (1995); Language, Literature and Linguistics. The Indian Perspective (1994); and South Asian Love Poetry (1994) are among his earlier publications. He wrote a monograph on Rati-Bhakti in India's Narrative Traditions as a Birla Foundation Fellow in 2007 - 2008. He is currently writing a monograph on Comparative Literary Theory. His Four Lectures on Panini is under publication from Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. His reference book on Abhinavagupta is also under publication.
Dr. Kapil Kapoor has been a nominated Member of the Governing Body of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla and of the Governing Body of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR); a Member of the Academic Council at the Indian Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, and of the Executive Councils of the Central University of Hyderabad and of Gurukula Kangri, Haridwar. He was once again a Member of the Academic Council of Indian Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath for 2007-2010.
Dr. Kapoor has delivered lectures by invitation in several universities in India and in the UK, and published 71 articles in the areas of Indian and Western philosophy, grammar, literature and aesthetics and 19th Century British literature.
He is currently Chief Editor, the Sahitya Akademi sponsored Encyclopaedia of Indian Poetics, a UNESCO project and Editor-in-Chief of Parmarth Niketan/Indian Heritage Research Foundation (USA) sponsored Encyclopaedia of Hinduism.
He is a nominated Visiting Professor at the Irish Academy of Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster, UK, and Nominated Member, Advisory Board for India Studies, Trinity College Dublin. He was UGC Emeritus Fellow at JNU, his parent university 2007-2009 and is Adviser to CBSE, New Delhi for English since 2002 and has now joined BPS Women's University Khanpur Kalan, India's first rural women university, as Visiting Professor.