SGPC to host World Punjabi Conference in Feb

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2016 20:11 IST
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar (centre) addressing a press conference in Amritsar. (HT Photo)

The first World Punjabi Conference to be hosted by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will be held in Fatehgarh Sahib from February 5 to 7.

The event will be held at the SGPC-run Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College in Fatehgarh Sahib.

This conference was earlier scheduled to be held on October 23 and 24 last year, but it was postponed for an indefinite period following a series of incidents of desecration of ‘birs’ of Guru Granth Sahib across Punjab.

A meeting to take stock of the preparations to be made for the event was held here on Monday. The meeting was chaired by SGPC chief secretary Harcharan Singh. Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University vice-chancellor (V-C) GS Walia also participated in the meeting. This university is managed by the SGPC.

Commenting on the conference, SGPC additional secretary Daljit Singh Bedi said such an event involving the Punjabi language had never been held before. He said the main thrust of the conference will be on popularising the Punjabi language at the global level, particularly in countries having a sizeable Punjabi population.

“The present status and future of this language will be deliberated at length at the conference,” Bedi added.

Referring to the meeting, Bedi said it took stock of the arrangements to be made for the conference. He pointed out that SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar had already formed various committees for the smooth conduct of the three-day event.

He said Punjabi University V-C Jaspal Singh and Walia will be preparing the agendas for discussion at the conference. The two will also head the academic sessions, he added.

He said besides Punjabi scholars from the country, scholars from the United States, Pakistan, England, Australia, Canada and a number of other countries will be participating in the event.

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