We are happy to share the proud moment that the President of The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, Shiromani Panth Ratan Baba Iqbal Singh Ji has been conferred Padma Shri award for his social work by the Government of India. The nonagenarian educationist, social worker and philanthropist Baba Iqbal Singh Ji has been doing yeoman’s service for the betterment of society.
The Padma Shri awards were announced by the Government of India on the eve of Republic Day 2022.
The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, started by Baba Iqbal Singh ji, is doing social work in Rural Education, Drug De-addiction and Women Empowerment.
Baba Iqbal Singh Ji has been doing yeoman’s service in the field of rural education for almost 75 years. Under the guidance of Baba Iqbal Singh Ji, The Kalgidhar Trust / Society, Baru Sahib is running 129 Akal Academies and 2 Universities in North India. 1 Charitable Hospital and 2 De-addiction Centers are also being run by the Trust. In the field of women empowerment, underprivileged rural girls are given free teacher training and given the job of teachers in the Akal Academies being run under the auspices of The Kalgidhar Trust. Thousands of underprivileged rural children are being provided free or subsidised education in these schools. And they have risen in the echelons of society to not only be national toppers, working for MNCs, studying in National / International Universities, being toppers in IITs, IIMs, NEET and even becoming IAS & IPS officers.
Padma Awards are the highest civilian honour in India awarded to citizens of India for their distinguished contribution in various fields of activity including education, arts, literature, science, acting, social service and public affairs.