An educational seminar cum fund-raising dinner was organized by The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib at Maharaja Banquet Hall in Edmonton, Canada on Thursday, 6 June, 2013. A large number of local devotees were present on the occasion.
Welcoming the guests, Baba Iqbal Singh Ji, President, The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, specified the purpose of the meet. He said that the educational initiative of The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib is being further expanded to fulfill the fourth prophesy of the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh, who had envisaged Guru ki Kashi at Damdama Sahib more than three centuries ago. It is our greatest fortune that the Sewa of Akal University, Guru ki Kashi has been bestowed upon us.”
The cost of this project has been estimated as Rupees 500 Crores. Akal University will develop collaborative academic programs with Indian and foreign universities for new technologies. The unique feature though will be to establish a department of Guru Granth Sahib Research Center, wherein the Scripture will be translated into various major world languages and trained scholars will spread the message of Guru Granth Sahib all over the globe.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khem Singh Gill, Chairman, Akal Academy (with 129 branches) dwelt at length about the various educational initiatives of The Kalgidhar Trust. He emphatically appealed to the audience to contribute liberally for the ongoing Guru ki Kashi project.
Bhai Harpaul Singh, a volunteer of Baru Sahib, gave a PowerPoint presentation of the various activities of The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib.
Mr. Naresh Bhardwaj, the local member of the Legislature, lauded the effort of Akal Academy in the field of education in the North Indian states.
Young students from Calgary recited Dhadi Varaan depicting a golden page from Sikh history, which enthralled the audience.
S. Avtar Singh Gill and S. Balvir Singh Chana conducted the stage while the entire arrangement for the evening was managed by S. Angrez Singh, S. Jaswinder Singh Bhinder, S. Gurjant Singh Barar, S. Upinder Singh Matharu, S. Jaswinder Singh Gill and S. Hardeep Singh Lal.
The management of The Kalgidhar Trust presented mementos to all those associated with the Sewa.