My SatSriAkal to everyone, especially the blessed people connected to The Kalgidhar Trust - Baru Sahib. I, Parminder Singh, feel blessed to have had best of both worlds during my schooling & graduation years, for I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Akal Academy Baru Sahib and later the Akal College of Engineering & Technology at Baru Sahib. With blessings of Baru Sahib & the grace of almighty, I am currently working with HCL Technologies as a Software engineer; this is my first job for which I received placement through the Eternal University in July 2012, soon after I completed my graduation. Currently located in Noida, I originally belong to a middle class family from Rajpura Patiala. My childhood saw a difficult time when my father passed away while I was 3 1/2 years old; it was my bold mother & grandfather who managed the load of the family & also fulfilled my father’s wish of getting me admitted to Baru Sahib. I did my entire schooling from Akal Academy Baru Sahib and passed my 12th in 2008. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that how beautiful & enlightening my experience has been in the divine valley. I received a complete package of overall development – from sports to extracurricular; to proficient academics exceptionally blended with the element of spirituality; there was nothing that the teachers could be better at, they were the best, and they gave us guidance on each front. Amidst busy schedules now, I am able to realize the importance the ‘Paath’ that they made us practice each day; even if I don’t find time to sit at one place now, I am able to do it on the go – all thanks to the Baru Sahib Regime & the devoted teachers who have instilled the ‘Paath’ within me. I sincerely wish to thank all my teachers & mentors for everything I am & everything I know today; I often recall Amarjeet Sir, who taught us Physics during 11th class. Everything learnt at Baru Sahib is benefitting me manifolds in my practical life – I would specifically like to mention about English here because the Academy gave us a really strong foundation & command over the language that I am now able to feel as I stepped into the city life. When I was in 9th standard, I had developed a clear vision; a goal to be a software developer, hence now I feel there’s nothing better I could’ve asked for. Since my goal is achieved, I now look forward for better opportunities & positions; and since I am earning for myself now, I am planning to go abroad to pursue my masters. I am hopeful that wish graces of Almighty & the blessings received from Baru Sahib & all its members, my wishes would be granted. In the society, I feel the quality of education needs to improved on General, not all schools, rather most schools I would say, are not providing education the way Akal Academy does. In today’s time, it’s crucial to switch to values based education learning module for students, so that they learn to adapt the good things they learn about rather than just studying for the heck of good marks & degrees. Becoming good citizens should be the agenda of education instead of getting good marks alone. To all the parents of children, I would like to recommend them to send their wards to Akal Academies because religious/spiritual knowledge is as critical as scientific element of education. Especially in rural & remote regions, the children remain unaware of their origins/religion as there is nobody who teaches or makes them away of their heritage & values, hence it’s important that parents should take the wise call and send choose the right school for their children. My Regards & Wishes to my Baru Sahib family! Gur-fateh!