Stars of Akal Academy, Bilga excel in the 11th International Level Science Talent Search Exam

To enhance the knowledge of environment and science, a competition was conducted in Akal Academy Bilga. It was conducted by TARAMANDALA. It was 11th International level science talent search exam 2016. It was based on knowledge of general science and environment. 77 students from KG to 4th class participated in it. It was organized under the supervision of Ms. Arti Mahajan,Ms. Harjeet Kaur , Ms. Inderjit Kaur and Ms. Harwinder Kaur. Exam was conducted in the month of September 2016. It is matter of proud that 4 students got STATE level award and 4 students got NATIONAL level award. All the winners were awarded with Gold Medal, certificates and set of three general knowledge books. Guide teachers Ms. Arti Mahajan was selected as ‘Best Science Teacher’ and awarded with Gold Medal, a set of books and a certificate. Ms. Harjeet Kaur and Harwinder Kaur was selected as ‘Best Science Co-Guide Teacher’ and awarded with attractive bag, certificate and set of 3 General knowledge books. Ms. Inderjit kaur awarded as ‘Best Science Organiser’ in National level. She was awarded with the Certificate and set of 3 General knowledge books. Principal Ms. Harpreet Kaur Sahni was awarded with Appreciation certificate , attractive poster and 3 General knowledge. School was placed as Best in NATIONAL level. Principal Ms. Harpreet Kaur Sahni congratulated the winners and distributed the prizes. She also appreciated the efforts made by students and teachers.

27 students of Akal Academy Ubhia partook ‘Amrit Di Daat’

Sant Baba Gurjit Singh ji Harigarh wale baptised these kids and bestowed them with the Khalsa Identity. In such Kalyug times where the youth are trapped in the Drug Menace, these kids are setting exemplary for the upcoming generation on how to preserve the seeds of Sikhi.

Destined to Serve! Kanchan Thakur (Eternal University, Baru Sahib)

Kanchan Thakur Sarkaghat from Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh recently achieved a major milestone by passing the test of the Military Nursing Service. After being shortlisted as a lieutenant she will be serving at the Military Hospital, Pune from 8 February. She has passed her 10th Grade from Saraswati Senior Secondary School and 12th from Varishth Madhyamik Paathshaala. She has pursued B.Sc and Masters in Public health from Akal College of Public Health, Baru Sahib in Sirmour. She also worked as a Junior Research Fellow in Indian Council of Medical Research funded project in School of Public Health, PGIMER,Chandigarh Her father, Om Prakash Thakur is a personal assistant in the Forest Department. Her Fiance, Yashwant Thakur is a Captain in the Indian Army. She was deeply inspired by him for serving the nation.

Akal University, Talwandi Sabo Hosts Punjab State Team Chess Championship

Bathinda District Chess Association organised Punjab State Team Chess Championship from January 21 to January 22, 2017. The event was hosted by Akal University Talwandi Sabo and sponsored by Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib. Thirty five teams, including twenty five for Men section and ten for Women section, from all over Punjab have participated in the Chess Championship. Prof Gurmail Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Akal University was the chief guest of the function. He congratulated the participants for their active participation and motivated them to keep grabbing such opportunities. Mr. Bikramjeet Singh Sandhu, President of Punjab State Chess Association, was also there to convey his enthusiastic approval. A state team will be selected for the National Team Championship from both Men and Women chess competition which will be held from February 2, 2017 to 8 February at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Bravery and Martyrdom of Elder Sahibzades observed by Akal Academy Gomti

“That person alone is known as a spiritual warrior, who fights in defense of religion. They may be cut apart, piece by piece, but they never leave the field of battle. 22.” (Ang 1105, SGGS) Shaheedi Diwas of Vade Sahibzades was observed with solemn devotion and spiritual fervour by the Students and Staff of Akal Academy,Gomti on 22 December 2016 at 11a.m to 12.30 p.m under the direction of Divinity Deparment of the Academy. Led by S. Surinderpal Singh (HOD Punjabi / Divinity) and S. Harpreet Singh, Punjabi Teachers and staff assembled in the school campus to remember and know the history of supreme sacrifice by the valiant saints of Sikh clan. Programme started with recitation of Shri Japji Sahib and Chaupai Sahib ji by all the students of Class I to Class XII. After Shabad recitation “Suraj Kiran Mile Jal Ka Jal Hua Ram” was recited by Navreet Kaur with other students. S.Harpreet Singh briefly explained about the sacrifice of Elder Sons of Guru Gobind ji at Chamkaur Sahib in a very impressive and emotional tone. He also explained about the circumstances under which great sahibzades braved enemies and bad weather condition together at that time when Guruji and all Sikhs leave Shri Anandpur Sahib on promise of Pahari Kings and Emperor of Delhi and told about the need of the sacrifice given by the Sikhs at that time. Many brave Sikh embraced Shaheedi during fight with a large Army of Pahari Kings and Emperor of Delhi. Many Sikhs were martyred while crossing the Sirsa River at the time of night. Mata Gujri ji and younger Sons of Guru ji were gone to another side and Guru ji, younger Sons and Panj Piyare gone to Chamkaur Sahib. S.Harpeet Singh also told to the Students to remember the Saheedi of our great warrior Sikhs. The Program ended with the Ardas and all Students moved back to their Classes with memorizing everlasting memory of Baba Ajit Singh ji and Baba Jujhar Singh ji. Sangat of the Gurudwara Sahib ji too joined the children to make this day memorable.

Baba Iqbal Singh in England- A noble, charismatic, visionary & spiritual Leader

It is a rare opportunity that we were fortunate to meet a Divine Soul Baba Iqbal Singh in the urban jungle of West London (Southall). This meeting was arranged by my architect friend Ranjit Singh of Delhi. Baba Ji, who at the age of 92 was in England spreading his message of peace and harmony among human beings and to receive the prestigious Sikh Life - Time Achievement Award 2016. Babaji’s visit to England provided us the privilege to acquaint ourselves with his objectives more thoroughly and spread his message to Indian community in Britain. Baba Iqbal Singh began his movement of educational and social reforms after re- tiring as Director of Agricultural Department in the State of Himachal Pradesh in 1986. He was inspired by his Master Baba Teja Singh. As a socio-spiritual entre- preneur and leader of Sikhs, Babaji is renowned for his reforming zeal in the field of education. He has already established 130 schools, 14 colleges and 2 universities, all in a span of 30 years. They are spread across Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The main objective of these educational institutes has been to provide Value-Based Education and equip children with spiritual as well as latest high quality technical and scientific knowledge without any gender or caste discrimination. Babaji was inspired firstly by Guru Nank’s mission and secondly by the famous writing of Wordsworth that a child is the father of man. That is to say that if any one wants to transform a society start with children. In fact it is interesting to note that a small hut with five students in 1986 has grown to 65,000 stu- dents per year across Northern India. One of the most developed premises is Akal Academy, Baru Sahib. (photo below) It is also known as the valley of divine and meditation place and is located 110 and 170 km from Shimla and Dehradun respectively. In addition to his work in spreading educational opportunities to the poor and reforming the society Babaji’s Akal Academia has been instrumental in: Women empowerment: A vast long-term women empowerment programs in the community is zestfully being run, wherein young girls are first educated to 12th standard and later to an intensive Teachers Train- ing Program of 4 years enabling them to be employed as Teachers in schools. Drugs: Babaji believes and works hard to ensure that young and old abstain from drugs and alcohol with a hope of closing down liquor shops and decline in crime rate. Children free from drugs, would naturally make them a good global citizens. Education in rural areas for the benefit of the rural population implying technical know-how of land fertility, seeds and climate. The curriculum, in short, emphasises not only spiritual values but a change in social, ethical and scientific thinking among the student community. A true Karmayogi saint who inspires by his very presence. Ranjit Singh is Delhi based Architect who has been involved in designing Baru Sahib - Valley of the Divine Peace. He also has been associated with many other projects and schemes imcluding proposed Akal University in Talwandi Sabho at Bathinda, Punjab. Babaji is a great believer of international harmony and peace and still striding hard to achieve these goals at the age of nighty two. Ravinder Pal Singh Kohli used to be a businessman. He left his business and now devotes his time and energies with Babaji to promote the worthy aims and objectives of the Kalgidhar Trust / Society. He with his large team is based in Delhi.

Alumnus of Akal Academy, Gomti SHINES in IMA passing out Parade

Under a cloud speckled winter sky with the historic chetwode building in the background, amid 401 cadets, Yuvraj Singh, Alumnus Of Akal Academy, Gomti roared in IMA passing out Parade. The Akal family announces it with pride that as one of its Alumni has made his way to NDA Khargwasla by passing written examination and cracking SSB. He successfully passed out from IMA Dehradun four years ago and was commissioned as Lieutenant in Indian Army. His father, Mr. Ashok Kumar who is a Senior Teacher and his mother Mrs. Hem Lata is a H.O.D English Department, Chief Co-ordinator and H.O.D S.St in Akal Academy, Gomti. Yuvraj Singh pursued his schooling from Akal Academy, Gomti. Revealing his schooling years, he has always been in the good books of the teachers. This very Intelligent, laborious and obedient student often passed each class with flying colours. He was equally good at sports especially Football and Volleyball. He was always so ingrained with the studies at school there was never any room, space or even need for any tuitions for his academics as well as competitive examinations. It was the result of well planned and carefully executed strategy that he was selected for permanent commission for Indian Navy (B. Tech Entry Scheme) and all India Engineering Entrance Examination. But NDA was the dream destination of this young boy. Yuvraj Singh had a galaxy of Army personnel in the family so maintaining the family cult; he came up to the expectation of his family members. Yuvraj Singh first stepped into NDA way back in January 2013. Later he underwent three years rigorous training, passed out in 2015. Joined IMA, Dehradun in January 2016 as Gentleman cadet and passed out successfully as Lieutenant. He was given the Army branch of his choice keeping in view his outstanding performance at IMA. The efforts being put in across Akal Academies promising bright and better future to the rural children across North India is commendable.

Effect of Demonetization on Education- Ashok Guleria (Chief Educator of Akal Academies)

India in the recent years has become a key player in the global education industry with 1.4 million schools having more than 227 million enrolled students and more than 36000 institutions imparting higher education. By 2020, India’s average age will be just 29 years, in comparison with 37 in China and the United States, 45 in Western Europe and 48 in Japan. This demographic trend will confer a significant competitive advantage upon India. To meet the future challenges of this potentially productive population a host of reforms and improved financial outlays is required to transform the country into a knowledge haven. With human resource increasingly gaining significance in the overall development of the country, development of education infrastructure is expected to remain the key focus in the current decade. In this scenario, infrastructure investment in the education sector is likely to see a considerable increase in the current decade. Still the country after Demonetization is in a calculative whirl and is responding to the economic, socio- political outcomes but in Education and human resource development this will surely help to uplift the Education sector with expectedly larger budgetary provisions, open investment and infrastructure. Moreover, there is larger scope of spurt in digital advancement in the sector in administration and education management system. In private education system demonetization will help to curb corruption that enters the sector via donations and capitations. It is expected that demonetization of currency will curb the menace of use of black money .It will bring equity among public and private sector. Author: Ashok Singh Guleria Educator, Akal Group of Schools Kajri,Gomti (U.P.) Kalgidhar Trust,Baru Sahib.

Winners of Punjab Spell Bee Competition 2016

Punjab Spell Bee championship was organized by GNA University Phagwara. 40 Schools all over Punjab participated in it. 6 Students, Sandeep Kaur 10+2, Prabhjot Kaur 10+2, Jasmeen Kaur 10+1, Prabhveer Kaur 10+2, Karamjit Kaur 10+2, Sharanjit Kaur 10+2 of Akal Academy Bilga participated in it. Our students Karamjit Kaur and Sharanjit Kaur were First runner up of this competition. They were awarded with cash prize of 31000/- , Trophy and Certificates. There were three different rounds. First round was online, 2nd round was semi final round . Then final round was there. Students were accompanied by teacher Jasbir Singh Thakur. Chief guest were Dr. Om Gauri Dutt Sharma from Jalandhar Dordarshan, Dr. Tejinder Kaur from Patiala University and Surinder Seth. While reaching school winners were welcomed by principal and staff members. Principal Harpreet Kaur Sahni congratulated the winners and appreciated the efforts made by students and teachers.