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land to Kalgidhar Trust to set up educational institute
Toronto, Aug 07, 2007
Gurdev Gill/Avtar Singh
NRI Professor Uday Singh ( Toronto) 84, donated 3/4 acres of land
to The Kalgidhar Trust in memory of his parents and foundation stone
of 24th Akal Academy laid in village Dhanal Kalan, Jalandhar, Punjab
on 29 July, 2007.
A special samagam (congregation) was organized by the Kalgidhar
Trust, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh on this occasion. This is the
2nd amongst the new plan of opening 150 academies in the next 5
years announced by the Trust. Baba Iqbal Singh Ji (President of
the Trust), Dr. Khem Singh (Vice-President), Mr. Chunni Lal, MLA
of the area, Mr J.S Brar, MLA, Jalandhar Cantt., Bibi Gurdev Kaur
Sangha and a large number of eminent personalities and residents
of villages around Dhanal graced the occasion.
Mission of this society is to o establish permanent
peace in the world through value based education and spiritual rejuvenation
creating good world citizens.
Sant Attar Singh
In 1920, Sant Attar Singh stated the society with
the vision, envisaged an educational institution in the Himalayas
from where young children equipped with a blend of modern scientific
education and spiritual learning would spread the message of peace
and universal brotherhood around the globe. He strongly advocated
the growth of educational institutions with spiritual base and ancient
Indian culture, values, morals and humility.
Sant ji set up a school for girls in 1906, followed by a boy's
school and later the Akal Degree College at Mastauna in Punjab.
A century ago, Sant Attar Singh laid the foundation stone of the
first college at Benaras Hindu University on persuasion of Pandit
Madan Mohan Malviya, a great social reformer.
Sant Teja Singh
The Principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar, Teja
Singh M.A, LLB ( Punjab) to promote the mission. He was
sent for advanced educational training to Columbia University and
later on completed his masters (AM) from Harvard University, USA.
On his return, he devoted himself in promoting the education and
worked and as Principal of many colleges in Punjab. In 1956, he
set up a spiritual centre in the remote village of Baru, in the
Himalayas and established The Kalgidhar Society
Baba Iqbal Singh, President of The Kalgidhar Trust
( the Retd. Director of Agriculture, State Government of Himachal
Baba Iqbal Singh Ji emphasized that the main purpose of Akal academies
is to nurture and groom young children to become good human beings
and successful professionals. He cautioned the gathering that spiritual
value-based education alone could save Punjab and urged all to join
hands with The Kalgidhar Trust to spread Guru Nanak's Mission.
Dr. Khem Singh, former vice chancellor of Punjab Agricultural
University, Ludhiana, presented a review of the activities
of the Trust, its mission and the road ahead. He recalled the past
when beginning with just five children, the vision of Sant Atar
Singh Ji and Sant Teja Singh Ji had taken shape and noted that now
there were over 23,000 students on the rolls of 23 Akal Academies
receiving high class English medium 10+2 CBSE education, making
a deep social impact on the underprivileged rural population of
the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Setup: 22 schools, One 100-bed Hospital, 2 De-addiction
Centers, an Orphanage, an Old Age Home, a Home for Widows &
Destitute Women, an Ashram, Visitors’ Lodging Complex, 10
1 Have established 22 (10+2) English medium co-educational institutions
under the name of Akal Academy affiliated to C.B.S.E. (Central Board
of Secondary Education), New Delhi, where 20,000 students are gaining
2 Have established 100-bed Charitable Hospital catering to the health
needs of underprivileged and deprived rural masses of remote &
backward areas of Himachal Pradesh.
3 Regular medical camps are also arranged twice a year for complete
healthcare of the rural masses of remote & backward areas of
4 Have established two De-addiction Centers at village Cheema in
Punjab and Baru Sahib in Himachal Pradesh, India. More than 1500
patients have already been cured in these centers.
5 Have established an orphanage by the name of Akal Child Welfare
Foundation that provides shelter to more than 800 children.
6 Have established old age home (Akal Home for the Elderly) wherein
more than 200 senior citizens have found shelter & solace in
their twilight years.
7 Have established Home for Widows and Destitute Women, wherein
more than 200 women are imparted vocational training in various
fields to make them self-dependant.
8 Spiritual Academy for girls at Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh and
for boys at Cheema, Punjab where students coming from weaker sections
of rural areas are provided education, spiritual & vocational
training in music and other fields.
9 Akal Rural Upliftment program which generates employment for the
people of remote, backward and far-flung hilly areas of Himachal
10 Save Environment Program that uses non-conventional sources of
energy like solar energy and bio-gas plants to save our mother earth.
11 Organizes periodical summer camps for students to enable them
imbibe good democratic values of advanced scientific techniques
& education for propagating as good citizens of the world.
12 Rehabilitation and Relief Projects: The Kalgidhar Society made
a landmark in relief efforts for South Asia earthquake victims in
Kashmir. The Society adopted 15 villages reconstructing 930 houses,
1 school, 3 mosques, 1 Hindu temple and 4 Sikh temples till November
30, 2005. Further reconstruction of 1941 houses, 4 mosques, 1 Hindu
temple and 1 Sikh temple is being carried out.
The Kalgidhar Society spend annually more than $5 million on various
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Fame Visits ‘The Valley of Divine Peace’
January, 2007: Sabeer
Bhatia was in the country with a team of professionals from
Berkeley University to have a first hand visit of the upcoming project
site - Nano City in Haryana on the lines of Silicon Valley. He personally
expressed a desire to see the Real India with his guests when a
team of volunteers from Baru Sahib met him.
Sabeer Bhatia being welcomed by the management of Akal Academy
Sabeer accompanied by the guests, was taken on a campus tour of
the Hospital, Academy, Orphanage, Gurmat Classes, Sangeet Classes
and Akal Rozgar Yojana. It was a moment of reminiscence for Sabeer
when he was shown a presentation made on his own life and his phases
of growth, by the students in the computer lab.
Professionals from Berkeley University enjoying snacks