Sukirat Anand...A great punjabi writer
A Dialogue with “Sukirat Anand”
A seminar / dialogue was organized by Dyal Singh Research & Cultural forum in honor to Sukirat Anand, an eminent writer, scholar and researcher who belongs to India and visits Pakistan. Dr. Arshad Iqbal Arshad, Chairman Punjabi Department, Govt. Dyal Singh College, Lahore, Dr. Shaista Nuzhat, Ex-DG, PILAC, Lahore and many other famous personalities attend the seminar. In the end of the seminar, students asked different questions from Sukirant Anand. Guests and participants were served with the luxurious Hi-tea.
GIANI GURDIT SINGH & PROF.INDERJIT KAUR FIRST BIRTH CENTURY
7th November 2023
A Shahmukhi book on Giani Gurdit Singh was released during a function at the Dyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum here, which commemorated the birth centenary of two literary intellectuals from Punjab (India), Giani Gurdit Singh and Inderjit Kaur Sandhu, on Tuesday.
Wasif Nagi, the Chairman of Khalil ur Rehman Memorial Society and senior journalist associated with the Daily Jang newspaper, was the chief guest on the occasion.
The guests of honour were Shaista Nuzhat, a Punjabi poet, writer, linguist, and researcher on Punjabi language and literature, and Tanveer Qasim Rana, Director, Coordination, Punjab Higher Education Commission.
The DIrector of Dayal Singh Research and Cultural Forum, Abdul Razzak Shahid, welcomed the guests and praised the literary services of Giani Gurdit Singh and Inderjit Kaur.
He shed light on the educational services of Inderjit Kaur. Events dedicated to their birth centenary (both were born in 1923) are being celebrated all over the world.
Gianiji was the owner and editor of the Punjabi newspaper ‘Prakash’. He was also the editor of ‘Singh Sabha Patrika’, a monthly magazine on Sikh ethos.
From 1956 to 1962, he was a member of the Punjab Legislative Council.
Inderjit Kaur completed her MA in Philosophy from the Panjab University in Lahore, along with her Bachelor of Teaching. She started her professional life as a teacher. In 1975, she became the Vice-Chancellor of the Punjabi University, Patiala. She was the third VC of the university and the first woman VC of North India.
She passed away last year at the age of 98.
The event was organised by the Canadian organisation Hardarshan Memorial International Trust, with the support of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust, the UK.
After the introduction of both the personalities, a voice message was read by Jaiteg Singh Anant, a resident of Canada.
Slides based on the lives and achievements were shown of both spouses, whose relatives and friends were present in the ceremony through a Zoom link.
Roopinder Singh, the son of Gurdit Singh, talked about both his parents, saying that an entire generation appreciates their literary and academic services.
Gurinder Mann attended the event from New York, while Khushal Singh represented the Kendri Sir Guru Singh Sabha, Chandigarh.
Baldev Singh Sadaknama’s monograph on the ‘Maker of Modern Indian Literature, Giani Gurdit Singh’, was released in Shahmukhi, Punjabi and Urdu.
The book, originally published in Gurmukhi, discusses the literary and personal journey of Giani Gurdit Singh.
Prizes named after these two eminent personalities were distributed to the former Principal of the National College of Arts and CEO of ‘Thap’, Sajida Haider Wandal, and noted Punjabi writer, novelist, travel writer and poet Aashiq Raheel, who were given Lifetime Achievement Awards and cash prize.
Recognising his services to Punjabi language and literature, Kalyan Singh Kalyan, Ibad Nabil Shad, and Satwant Kaur were honoured with the Punjabi Sevak Award.
20 October 2023
Iram Bint Safia
NANAK DA SANEHA……AMAN DOSTI
GC Lahore & Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum
26 September 2023
GC Lahore & Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum 26 September 2023
A large number of Sikh Yatrees (168 people) from the UK came to observed the Joti Jot Day. Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum and Government College University, Lahore, jointly organized a reception in honor of these pilgrims. On reaching the university, a large number of male and female students welcomed him along with the vice chancellor, Professor Dr. Asghar Zaidi. The Vice-Chancellor expressed happiness and warm welcome on arrival of Sikh Yatrees as a memorable moment for the university as well as Sikh Yatrees. On this occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Asghar Zaidi told the Sikh Yatrees that the university is going to establish “Baba Guru Nanak Chair” in the university in collaboration with Dyal Singh Research & Cultural Forum, Lahore. Ranjit Singh Rana, Sikh Jatha Leader from UK, thanked the Vice Chancellor and Director Dyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum for organizing the visit.
Visit To Kartarpur 2023
484th Joti Jot Day of Baba Guru Nanak Ji
At Kartarpur Sahib on 20-22 September 2023
Visit To Kartarpur
Baba Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Guru and founder of Sikhism settled at Kartarpur Sahib in 1522 AD and remained there till his death in 1539. He did farming all these years with his own hands on his lands in addition to inspiring spiritual teachings. He impressed on his followers through personal example the importance of earning one’s bread and butter with his own hands. The Gurdwara here, known as Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, has the privileged place in the Shrines of the Sikhs as it was the very first shrine that the founder of Sikhism caused to be built. However the original structure of the Gurddwara was washed away by the Ravi floods and the present building was erected by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh at the same place in the first half of the nineteenth century.
When Baba Ji died, as the myth goes, Muslims wanted to bury him in accordance with their rites but the non-Muslims wanted to cremate his body in line with the Hindu rituals. They compromised and did both the acts with his belongings as his body is believed to have disappeared in the meanwhile. Accordingly, there stands a ‘marrhi’ and a grave denoting both types of disposal of his body, in the premises of the Gurdwara.
The Joti Jot Day of the Baba Ji is observed with reverence every year when ‘Sangats’ come from Pakistan, India and UK. This year Baba Ji’s 484th Death anniversary. It was attended by over the Sikhs and many thousand yatrees. Local Muslims were also present to pay their homage to the Spiritual Leader of the Sikhs, who is also revered by Muslims.
According to the Sikh rites, Akhand Patth Sahib had been arranged and started on the 2th September while the Bhog Sahib and Ardaas were attended on 22nd September by all and sundry.
A Kavir Darbar was also held under the auspices of Dyal Singh Research and Cultural Forum to honour the Baba Ji, keeping in view his teachings and contacts with Muslims the subject.
DSRCF Official Website Launching Ceremony
Dyal Singh Auditorium 12 September 2023
Vice Chancellor Govt College University,Lahore
Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi is the 31st head of this one of the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of our country. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Oxford, UK.
His articles published in the top ranked journals. He has authored five books and contributed to chapters in more than 25 international books. Apart from academic publications, he has written and contributed close to 50 official reports for world’s reputable organizations and governments including UN and European Commission.
Prior to returning to Pakistan in October 2019, he has been working for the last thirty-five years with different European and UN-affiliated organizations. He worked in universities in the UK (University of Oxford and London School of Economics), the Netherlands (Erasmus University and Tilburg University), South Korea (Seoul National University) and China (Chinese University of Hong Kong).
His last post was Professor of Social Gerontology at Seoul National University, South Korea. Previously, he was Professor in International Social Policy at University of Southampton (UK); Director Research at European Centre Vienna (Austria); Senior Economist at OECD Paris (France); Civil Servant at UK’s Department for Work and Pensions in London; and a Researcher at London School of Economics, University of Oxford, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tilburg University.