With a view to bringing the younger generation closer to their roots and inculcating a sense of pride for the Punjabi language, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has tied up with the Mumbai-based Revolutionary Concept Chamber, a private firm that specialises in innovative ways to impart education through information technology (IT).
The tie-up was announced here on Friday following a meeting between the firm's director, Dr Manpreet Singh, and SGPC secretary Manjit Singh. Other senior SGPC officials were also present.
In a press release, Manjit Singh said the company had already developed a musical website for teaching the 35 letters of the Gurmukhi to children.
Talking about the website, Manpreet said, "It is akin to the nursery rhymes taught in schools with the help of music. Its basic purpose is to create interest among nursery children in their mother tongue."
The SGPC official said the company website would also have information about Sikh religion and history.
"The basic concept is to make our children aware of basic information, most of which should have been taught to them at home," Manjit Singh said, while pointing out that the majority of the young generation was not even aware of the names of the 10 Sikh gurus.
He particularly referred to Punjabis settled abroad and said there was a lack of knowledge of Sikhism among the youth there.
"Even back home, the situation is not entirely satisfactory, with our mother tongue remaining limited to the Punjabi class in school," he added.
Manjit Singh said he was hopeful that the tie-up would help in "taking Punjabi out of the classrooms and making it a habit among our children at home and in public."
SGPC additional secretary Balwinder Singh Jaurasanghia will coordinate with the company.
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