Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is the second women Secretary General of the Association in its 95 years of existence. She has been serving the higher education sector for over 03 decades at senior positions at the University Grants Commission of India. She is the National Commissioner for Rangers of Bharat Scouts and Guides. She is also the Member of General Assembly 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 has also 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. 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 from the Chief Minister of Haryana, 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, 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 on behalf of UGC. 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.