Dr Madanjit Kaur was born on 10 November 1939. She obtained M.A. History and Ph.D. Degree from the University of Allahabad; served in the University of Allahabad, University of Gorakhpur and Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Her thirty five years research experience is dedicated to Sikh history.
She participated in International Conferences on Sikh History and South East Asian Studies in USA, UK, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia and presented papers on Sikh History and Punjab Heritage. She remained Dean faculty of Humanities and Religious Studies, GNDU, Chairperson Press and Publication GNDU, Editor Journal of Sikh Studies GNDU, Member Senate and syndicate GNDU, and member Executive Council Bhai Veer Singh Sahitya Sadan New Delhi, Member Senate and Academic Council, Punjabi University, Patiala. She retired as Professor, Department of Guru Nanak Studies GNDU and served as Professor and Chairperson Guru Gobind Singh Chair till 2001. Her major publications include –
1. The Golden Temple Past and Present,
2. Chronology of the Events of Sri Harimandir Sahib,
3. Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscript Section (Gurmukhi),
4. Guru Gobind Singh: Historical and Ideological Perspective,
5. Regime of Maharaja Ranjit Singh: Historians' Observations,
6. Sobha Singh Painter of the Divine,
7. Co-Existence in Pluralistic Society: Punjab Issues and Prospects,
8. Guru Nanak: Life and Teachings,
9. Guru Nanak: Ideals and Institutions,
10. Guru Nanak: Global Vision,
12. Guru Gobind Singh Jeewan ate Chintan
Selected Works of Sirdar Kapur Singh –
13. Parasharprashna (Baisakhi of the Khalsa),
14. Sikhism for Modern Man, Some Insights into Sikhism,
15. Guru Nanak's Life and Thought
16. Guru Arjan and His Sukhmani.
17. Modern Approach to Sikhism,
18. Guru Nanak Bani in Modern Context.
Her research work is acknowledged in India and abroad. SGPC has honoured her twice, on the occasion of the Tri-centenary of the Creation of the Khalsa in 1999 at Anandpur Sahib and
300th Shaheedi Anniversary of Sahibzadas in 2004 at Fatehgarh Sahib. All India Sikh Educational Conference has also honoured her twice. She was honoured by: Punjab Modern Academy of Fine Arts and Crafts, Amritsaar, 1986, World Sikh Conference (Women's Section), Amritsar, 1995, Academy of Guru Granth Studies, USA, 1992. She was awarded 'Panth Ratan Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra Memorial Award' in 2007 by Sikh Educational Society, Chandigarh for her outstanding and valuable services in the field of Sikh history, culture, research and education. She have been awarded Life Fellowship from Punjabi University, Patiala, 2010.
Her name is included in Asia's Who is Who, Refacimento Asia and Men and Women of Achievements.
She is a descendant of Bhai Daya Singh (one of the Panj Piaras). Her forefathers served Harimandir Sahib about three centuries. Her family has a background of defence services. Her personal library and research collection has been gifted to Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh.