|Saturday, 02 April 2005|
The "United Sikhs", an NGO working in the USA and the UK has adopted Sri Guru Angad Dev College, Khadoor Sahib, for development of the college's infrastructure. The NGO has donated five computer systems and also given scholarships to students studying information technology (IT). The NGO has assured the college about giving 15 more computer systems to them very soon.
The college has established a high-tech computer laboratory with the financial aid of Rs 5 lakh granted by Dr Manohar Singh Gill, Rajya Sabha member.
The college, which is run under the guidance of Baba Sewa Singh, head of Kar Sewa Sampardaya, Khadoor Sahib, was established in 1970 by Baba Uttam Singh, the then-head of the sampardaya. The college is situated in rural area and is rendering yeoman's service by making all-out efforts for maintaining academic excellence under the administration of its principal, Dr Balwinder Singh Saroya.
In the field of academics, the authorities have added new courses like BCA, DCA (Part time) and M.A. (Punjabi). For the benefit of rural youth, vocational courses like refrigeration & air conditioning and electrician trade are being run successfully.
Dr Saroya, a doctorate in English Literature, was recently selected for Shiksha Rattan Award by a well-known research-oriented and awareness-promoting organisation "Institute of Economic Studies" (IES), New Delhi.
Dr Saroya said the college was showing excellent performance in youth festivals organised by Guru Nanak Dev University and other organisations from time to time. The college had been declared the overall champion in 'B' division of the university in the zonal youth festival (men) for the last four-five years.
The Punjab Government selected the college bhangra and gidha teams to perform at Pargati Maidan, New Delhi, on the occasion of the World Trade Fair. The college bhangra team was awarded Rs 31,000 for bagging the second position in the Sur Tal contest organised by the Punjab Sangeet Academy, Chandigarh, under the aegis of the Punjab Government. The college bhangra and gidha teams have been invited to participate in the international musical competition to be organised at Wales, UK.
The college has had the honour of organising the 2nd Punjab State Carom Championship successfully in 2002 in collaboration with the Punjab State Carom Association. The National Tug-of-War Championship, 2004, organised by the All India Tug-of-War Federation was held at the college premises. The Punjab Volleyball Association organised the Sub-junior State Volleyball Championship, 2004, in the college.
To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.
UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.
UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.
Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.
We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.