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Surrey, BC, Canada, Oct. 08, 2010: Tribute to Professor Pritam Singh


Prof. Pritam Singh’s Death Shocks the Literary World

Los Angeles, Oct. 26, 2008
Gary Singh

Prof. Pritam Singh, an eminent scholar, a teacher of teachers, writer and author of over sixty books died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at his residence in Patiala. His daughter Dr. Rupinder Kaur of Ludhiana and his physician son-in-law Dr. Gurpal Singh, his next door neighbor, were at his bedside while he breathed his last. His son, Dr. Jai Rup Singh, Vice Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University and other family members also reached soonsoon after hearing his sudden demise.

Pritam Singh started his teaching career as lecturer in Punjabi at Doaba College Jullunder in 1941 on obtaining two M.A. degrees in English and Persian. He joined Sikh National College Lahore as the Head of Persian and Punjabi Department. After partition of Punjab, he started working with Punjab University, Simla. In 1950, he joined Mahendra College Patiala as Head of the Post-Graduate Department of Punjabi. He served as principal of some Government Colleges including Government College, Ludhiana, Faridkot, etc. From 1972 to 1980, he served as the founder-chairman and head of the Centre for Guru Nanak Studies at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He was the most revered Professor of Punjabi.
Prof Pritam Singh, was a well-known and highly respected figure in literary circles, a scholar of great repute, a well-known author and editor of reputed journals in both English and Punjabi. He had served the cause of Punjab and Punjabi by collecting and preserving old manuscripts of Punjabi and has left a rich personal library with rare manuscripts. He had done in-depth research on Guru Granth Sahib and also had done commendable work in children literature. He was a linguist, a successful translator and author of over 60 books.

Prof Pritam Singh had been a towering figure and was known as “Bhisham Pitama” of Punjabi language. He received numerous honors and awards including Shiromani Sahitya Award, Fellowship by Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, World Punjabi Writers Conference, Government of India, Emritus Fellowship, Bhai Vir Singh International Award and by the President of India. In January 2008, Panjab University conferred honorary D.Litt degree on him. In 2005, Doordarshan, Jalandhar honored him with the "Panj Pani Award" which is given to eminent personalities in the field of literature, arts, music and agriculture. In 2003, Provost and Vice-President of San Jose State University, San Jose (California), Dr Marshal R. Goodman honored Prof. Singh for his outstanding and sustained contribution to Punjabi and Sikh Studies in India and abroad. In April 2001, Prof. Pritam Singh received Punjabi Sahit Akademi’s prime award for high literary merit and creative qualities.

Prof. Pritam Singh taught M.A. students for about forty years, had been guide for Ph.D students and had numerous students, admirers and scholar friends both in India and overseas. He had many times visited United States, Canada and some other countries to speak at conferences and seminars at the invitation of universities and institutions.


The Education and Languages Minister Punjab Dr. Upinderjit Kaur CONDOLES THE DEATH OF PROF. PRITAM SINGH

His cousin in Los Angeles, NRI, Inder Singh,, President Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), is planning a religious ceremony in Los Angeles in memory of late Pritam Singh.

Updated - LA NRIs holds religious ceremony in memory of late Pritam Singh










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Dr Pritam Singh, noted Sikh scholar and recipient of Shiromani Sahitya Award passed away on Saturday after prolonged illness.

  • In Dec. 2003, a friend of Gary Singh, N S Rattan, former principal secretary, Higher Education, Punjab, and Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University compared Prof Pritam Singh to Baba Borh. ‘‘Prof Singh has done a yeoman’s service to Punjabi Sikh History and Sikh culture by collecting and preserving the old manuscripts in Punjabi,’’ said Rattan.
    • Dr. Marshal R Goodman, provost and vice-president of San Jose State University, San Jose (California) honoured Punjabi writer Prof Pritam Singh of Patiala at Panjab University
    • PU Registrar Paramjit Singh said that Prof Pritam Singh represented a unique combination of writing and verbal communication