The Post Graduate Department of Punjabi of Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana organized a one day International seminar in the college Auditorium under the title ‘Punjab, Punjabi ate Punjabi Virasat de Parmukh Nayak’. The seminar was organized in collaboration with Jagat Punjabi Sabha, Canada. Principal Dr. Iqbal Kaur accorded a warm welcome to the guests and delegates. Director Dr. Mukti Gill along with Sardar Gursimran Singh Grewal, Treasurer Khalsa Diwan, Madam Kushal Dhillon, Manager, KCW and Principals from various institutes were among the esteemed guests of the day. Faculty, Scholars and researchers from various Universities and Institutes from India and abroad participated in the Seminar. Event Coordinator Dr. Narinderjeet Kaur, Associate Professor Punjabi Department apprised the audience about the seminar and its key aspects. The day kick started with shabad gayan followed by lamp lighting ceremony and a documentary on Punjabi Soorma Jarnail Harbaksh Singh. S. Ajaib Singh Chatha, Chairman, Jagat Punjabi Sabha, Canada presented the inaugural address and touched upon the nuances of Punjabi Culture, Literature and Heritage. He emphasized upon the importance of reading and encouraged the youngsters to inculcate moral values for a fulfilling life.
Dr. Rajinder Pal Singh Brar, former Dean Languages, Punjabi University, Patiala delivered keynote address. In his address he deliberated upon the definition of Punjabi Nayak and his role in inspiring people. He presented a critique of true Nayak referring to warriors like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Dulla Bhatti who possessed qualities of wit, courage, valor and influenced lives of people positively.
Dr. Amarjit Singh Dua, former Dean , College Development Council, GNDU, Amritsar graced the event as guest of Honor. While speaking on the Nayak he reflected upon the larger than lives of Sikh Gurus: Guru Nanak Dev ji, Guru Teg Bahadur ji and Guru Gobind Singh ji. Stories of their courage and sacrifice make them real Nayaks of Punjab. He also highlighted the role of Sikh community serving the people across the world.
The first session was taken over by the eminent academicians from various parts of the country and abroad. Dr. Baldev Singh, Principal, University College , Bahadurpur initiated the session by inviting upon Dr. Sarabjinder Singh, Dean, Faculty Humanities and Religious Studies, GNDU, Amritsar as Chairperson of the session. Dr. Manpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, Shri Anandpur Sahib, Roop Nagar deliberated upon the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Vice chairperson Dr. Baljit Kaur Riar, GNDU, Amritsar deliberated upon the rich heritage of Punjab and its heroes who touched and transformed lives through their immense contribution to its culture and heritage. Dr. Sarabjinder Singh, Dean, Faculty Humanities and Religious Studies, GNDU, Amritsar congratulated the organizers for choosing such a wider issue for discussion. In his address, Dr. Sarabjinder foregrounded upon the lost heroes like Ved Vyas, Dev Ridhi, Bhai Gurdas and others who scripted religious granths. He further insisted upon the need to revisit and relearn our great heroes to save our culture.
S. Sardool Singh Thiara, President, Jagat Punjabi Sabha, Canada while emphasizing upon the importance of preserving Maa Boli Punjabi began the technical session II. He invited Dr. Jaspal Singh Dasuvi from Canada as Chairperson of session II. Professor Gurpreet Singh, Assistant Professor, Guru Gobind National College, Narangwal reflected upon the significance of preserving our culture, heritage and Maa Boli Punjabi. He discussed the role of education in building up an empowering and sustainable society. Dr. Inderjit Kaur, HOD, Department of Punjabi from Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd touched upon the intricacies of Punjabi Literature and portrayal of Nayak.
In his valedictory address Sardar Sardool Singh Thiara, appreciated the efforts of the organizers who worked an extra mile to bring insights into the important issue of Punjab, Punjabi ate Punjabi Virasat that unearths the important facets of Punjabi Literature, life and culture. The guests were extended with the tokens of appreciation. The event culminated with the vote of thanks proposed by event Coordinator Dr. Narinderjit Kaur, Associate Professor from the Department of Punjabi.