Centre on Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Chalks out Plan to Reach out to Youth

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Centre on Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Chalks out Plan to Reach out to Youth


Amritsar, May 2 -- Thus to conduct in-depth research on various aspects of Guru Granth Sahib, the Centre on Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib came into being in April 2011 at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here.

The six thrust areas of the centre are - Division for Studies on Interfaith Understanding, Division for Scriptural Studies, Division for Studies on Musicology, Division for Hermeneutic and Linguistic Studies, Division for Social and Cultural Studies and Division for Scriptural Translations.

This academic session, however, the centre is planning to introduce two inter-disciplinary (ID) courses with an aim to reach out to the university students.

Various teams of research scientists are also geared up to chalk out a plans for making courses more interesting, seminars, film screenings and interactive workshops, aiming to make the centre an epitome of the Sikh academic research.

This center is not a shrine, but a majestic research center where scholars aim to promote research, rich philosophy and Sikh literature among students.

Only UGC-funded centre

The Centre on Studies in Sri Guru Granth Sahib is the only institution on Sri Guru Granth Sahib studies, which is funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC). It functions under the jurisdiction of Balwant Singh Dhillon.

"We have received a grant of Rs 47.05 crore from the UGC for the next five years. A decade-long planning for the center has already been chalked out and there is only a need that the scholars here keep engaging youths in various interactive activities," said AS Brar, GNDU vice-chancellor.

On September 1, 2004 former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated, 'The government of India will establish a centre at Guru Nanak Dev University for studies on Sri Guru Granth Sahib," said Dhillon, the centre in-charge, "following which the UGC asked the university to submit a proposal in this regard and the university followed the suit. The Union HRD ministry and the UGC granted the approval for the setting up of the centre in Feb 2011 and sanctioned a grant till 2016."

Teething problems

The proposed research projects can be completed only if the services of mature and seasoned scholars are available. …

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