Born on 29 November 1956, Dr H. P. Shukla studied at University of Allahabad. Within weeks after completing his M. A. in English at the age of 20, he was appointed as a permanent lecturer in a Postgraduate College, affiliated to Avadh University. For a year in 1978-79, he taught at Srinagar Campus of Garhwal University. In 1979, he joined Kumaun University, Nainital as a lecturer and in due course held the positions of Reader and Professor. In 2011, he joined Uttarakhand Open University where he has been creatively involved in giving shape to many a defining dimensions of the University, such as recruitment of faculty, publication of study material and streamlining of examination system.
Dr Shukla’s doctoral thesis is on Sri Aurobindo, and he has extensively written and spoken on Indian Literature, Indian Critical Tradition, Indian Culture and Globalisation, Indian Education, Sri Aurobindo, J. Krishnamurti and Manoj Das. He has also translated Jaishankar Prasad, Yashpal, Dharmveer Bharati, Gyanranjan and Batrohi into English. But the most valuable of his creative work, and most satisfying to him, are the Units/Lessons he has written for his undergraduate and postgraduate students of Uttarakhand Open University — on Manoj Das, J. Krishnamurti, D. H. Lawrence, Ruskin Bond, Premchand, Tagore, What is Literature, and Reading Literature.
Dr Shukla’s passions are Philosophy, Literature, Mysticism, Education, and all that relates us to our Roots, in a sense deeper than the obvious. What engrosses him most at the moment is the future of Open and Distance Learning in India.