SGPC to reconstitute Sikh History Research Board, add members

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2015 13:24 IST
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar (centre) addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Thursday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will reconstitute the Sikh History Research Board by expanding its membership with the addition of five more members.

The board that looks after the Sikh Reference Library at the Golden Temple is headed by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar.

Giving information here on Thursday, SGPC secretary (media) Dljit Singh Bedi said under the expansion plan, experts of Sikh religion and history, who are fluent in Urdu, English, French and Hindi, would be included.

At present, most of the experts on the board are scholars, who are fluent in Punjabi.

“Our plans are to translate the hand-written ‘saroops’ (copies) of the Guru Granth Sahib and some rare Sikh history books and manuscripts into these languages,” he said. He also said the SGPC plans to have a Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan in Amritsar, where rare manuscripts and hand-written saroops of the Sikh scripture would be kept. “The idea behind this is to ensure better and professional upkeep,” he said.

In 2020, he said, when the SGPC would complete its 100 years, a detailed history of the religious body would be penned.

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