SURREY FUNDRAISER TALWANDI SABO

Dr. Khem Singh Gill 

DR. Khem Singh Gill, former vice chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, will be back in Surrey next month to fundraise for the Kalgidhar Trust’s $100-million project of the ‘Guru Kanshi’ Akal University in Punjab’s Talwandi Sabo.
The Akal University Fundraising Dinner takes place on Saturday, June 15 at Surrey’s Grand Taj Banquet Hall.
The university’s construction is progressing at an impressive pace with four of the eight blocks completed. It is slated to open in July 2014.
Last year, Asian Journal wrote about the resounding success of The Kalgidhar Trust’s 111 Akal Academies in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, western Uttar Pradesh and northern Rajasthan with its 60,000 students and the Eternal University in Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, with a thousand students.
We interviewed Prof. Gill, who earned his PhD in genetics from the University of California in the 1960s. Among his many outstanding achievements was his remarkable work as team leader of the Wheat Improvement Programme on the development and identification of improved cultivars of wheat, which revolutionized wheat production in Punjab and several other parts of India and Pakistan.

SURREY FUNDRAISER FOR AKAL UNIVERSITY AT TALWANDI SABO ON JUNE 15

SURREY FUNDRAISER FOR AKAL UNIVERSITY AT TALWANDI SABO ON JUNE 15

 

Model of Akal University, Talwandi Sabo)

With the amazing success of the Trust’s institutions, people started imploring the The Kalgidhar Trust to start another university. So the Trust decided that when they opened another university it would be located at a place known as Damdama Sahib and that is also known as Guru Kanshi because the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, after fighting the cruelties and various excesses of the government of that time – the last battle was fought at Muktsar – came to this place where he rested for nine months. Here he dictated the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji afresh and also added the Gurbani of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, the ninth Guru. The scriptures were written by Bhai Mani Singh as Guru Gobind Singh ji dictated. He threw the kalams or pens used in the sarovar and declared that this place would be like Banaras [Varanasi], which was the centre of education at the time. He said this would be Guru Kanshi.
“That is why there was keenness among all people that we should see this flourishing as an educational centre. So The Kalgidhar Trust decided that they will open a university at this place on the demand of the people. The foundation stone of the Akal University was laid in December 2011. Now all the plans and designs of the buildings and structures have been prepared,” Prof. Gill told us.
One major aspect will be the college of comparative study of religions with the objective of translating the Gurbani into various major languages of the world in the form of hymns so that as people can sing the Gurbani in the Guru Granth Sahib in the form of kirtan in their own way.
There will also be colleges for arts and sciences, engineering and technology, medicine, nursing, agriculture, economics and commerce, and business management, among others.

SURREY FUNDRAISER TALWANDI SABO

SURREY FUNDRAISER TALWANDI SABO