With a view to preserving decades-old documents, Punjabi University will digitise all data carrying historic and important episodes that took place during the Ghadar movement.
The digitisation of the record will not only help protect important information available on time-worn pages but will also help to get a soft version, which can be put online later.
Vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh said the university had important and rare authenticated documents pertaining to the Ghadar movement and its leaders.
"Though we have managed to store these documents in our libraries, we have now decided to digitise all the record for longer preservation of the documents," Singh said.
He said the university currently had around 900 documents in the form of old newspapers, books, journals and brochures depicting the historic events happened during the Ghadar movement, which played an important role in the independence struggle of India.
The university has published an historical document comprising more than 700 pages about the history of the Ghadar movement, which will serve as a source book for historians and scholars. "We will try to cover each and every aspect of the rich history of the state, which is not available in digitalised version," he said.
"Ghadari babas had sacrificed their lives, families, careers and properties for the sake of independence of their country; therefore, it's our responsibility to ensure proper documentation regarding the movement and the lives of its leaders," Singh said.
Seminar on Ghadar movement held
Attending a two-day national seminar on the Ghadar movement, which is being organised by university in collaboration with the union cultural affairs ministry, Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa termed the movement as a special freedom movement which emerged in a foreign land for the freedom of India.
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal did not attend the seminar.
"Besides promoting Punjabi language and literature, the efforts put in by the university to restore rare historical events are commendable," Dhindsa said.
The descendants and families of Ghadar movement martyrs, including Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha, Banta Singh, Pandit Sohan Lal Pathak and Pandit Jagat Ram, were honoured on the occasion.
The university also announced to organise an important event in freedom history, Komagatamaru, in Kolkata during its centenary celebrations next year.
JS Grewal, former V-C of Guru Nanak Dev University, and TR Sareen, former director, Indian Council of Historic Research, also spoke on the occasion.
A Ghadar movement bibliography was released during the programme.
Dhindsa also inaugurated the newly built Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan.