Recent Seminars and Activities at WPC
Balkar Singh ( Director from May 2018 - )
February 27: SardarGobind Singh Longowal, President of ShiromaniGurdwaraParbandhak Committee visited WPC and was taken round the Sikh Diaspora Gallery being prepared as part of Sikh Diaspora Archives.
February 21: Reception to Dr Gurnam Singh on receiving President’s Award jointly organised by WPC and Maat-BhashaJagrooptaManch
February 19: Lecture by VirBhupinder Singh –from California, USA, Among the audience were Professor Gian Singh, Department of Economics, Dr Bhimnder Singh, Chair, KartarSingh Sarabha, at Punjabi University; Jagtar Singh Sidhu of Global TV Channel and Harvinder Singh Punjabi of Global TV Channel, BhaiManjit Singh, Ex-Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat,Sahib, Amritsar.
February 8: Seminar on 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak this year. Main lecture was by AmarjitGrewal who spoke on Guru Nanak Dev, samktalimsle ate shatabdi agenda (Contemporary Issues and Centenary Agenda). Meeting was presided over by Professor B S Ghuman, Vie-Chancellor, Punjabi University.
January 8: Ajaib Singh Chattha visit to WPC along with Harchand Singh and Inderjit Singh Kharor, President of People’s Welfare Society, Patiala. They discussed arrangements for World Punjabi Conference scheduled to take place in Canada.
June 2: Lecture on Religion and Politics in the Context of Sikhism’ by Professor Balkar Singh at Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, GurdwaraRakabGanj, New Delhi organised by International Centre for Sikh Studies.
June 7: Discussion on a new novel titled Thohran de Phul’ by HarkiratKaurChahal, jointly organisedby World Punjabi Centre and Golbal Punjab Foundation chairman, Dr Harjinder Singh Walia at WPC seminar room.
June 8: Lecture by Balkar Singh in aseminar on Mystery of Sabad, at BabaSucha Singh GurmatSangeet Academy, Amarkot, Jandiala Guru, Amritsar.
June 18: Thakur Dalip Singh, head of NamdhariSangat was received at World Punjabi Centre
July 4: Lecture by Dr Manjit Singh, Retired Professor of SocialWork, Punjabi University at WPC, on the subject of Punjab Ate Punjab parvas (Punjab and the Punjabi Diaspora).
July 9: BhaiManjit Singh, ex-Jathedar of Akal Takhat spoke on ‘Sikh parvas’(Overseas Sikhs) at WPC
PAST RECORD OF ACTVITIES: September 2004 – May 2018
Prof. J S Gewal: Director, September 2004- November 2008
With the building of the Centre still in construction, Professor Grewal was based at Punjabi Department of the University dor much of this period. During his tenure, Professor Grewal saw through many teething problems of the Centre and organised an International conference inviting views ofmany experts regarding the Centre’ future priorities. Accordingly a three-day seminar was arranged on 26-28 December 2006 by Profesor J. S. Grewal in consulation with Swaran Singh Boparai, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University. Professor R. C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab University inaugurated the conference. Among the scholars who presented their views were Professor B N Goswami, Professor Balkar Singh both members of the Governing Council of World Punjabi Centre. Other speakers included, Professor Sucha Singh Gill, Professor R S Ghuman, Professor B S Brar, Professor Satish K Verma, all members of Executive Council.
Among other contributors to the debate were Profesor G S Gosal, Professor InduBanga, Profesor Harish Puri, NeeraChandhoke, RanaNayar, GurpreetMahajan. ProfessprJoga Singh, Harbhajan Singh Bhatia, Surjit Singh, Raghbir Singh, Amarjit Singh Bhullar, Harkishan Singh Mehta. From abroad ProfesorGurinder Singh Mann from University of California, Santa Barbara, ProfesorShinderThandi of Coventry University talked of the Punjabi diaspora, common issues and possibilities of cooperation among them in various locations.
Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, Director: December 2008-December 2015
1. A seminar on ‘Cultural Policy of Punjab’ was organized at Senate Hall, Punjabi University, Patiala on 14 May 2009 as part of the World Punjabi Centre.
2. A function at the Guest House of Punjabi University on 6 November 2009 was arranged where a transliterated version (from Gurmukhi to Shahmukhi) of ‘Shivranjani’ a book by Jagtar Singh was issued.
3. A Lecture ‘Challenge to World Peace’ was delivered by JanabFakharZaman (Pakistan) on 18 November 2009 at Senate Hall, Punjabi University, Patiala
4. ‘Transforming Rural Punjab into Knowledge Economy’ - An International Seminar was organized on 12 December 2009 at Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal presided over by SardarParkash Singh Badal along with four vice-chancellors of prominent universities.
1. A seminar “Secularism & Non-violence: A Mandate for Peace” in collaboration with department of Social Work was held on 17 December 2010 at Senate Hall, Punjabi University, Patiala.
2. “Comparison of Teaching Methodologies of India & Canada” An international Seminar was organized on 4 January 2010 at Baba Farid Campus, Bathinda.
3. “Transnational Punjabi Literature and Culture: Challenges and Opportunities” A Two-day Seminar was organized on 28 February to 1 March 2010 at Senate Hall, Punjabi University Patiala with 25 foreign delegates participating including those from U.S.A., U.K., Denmark and Pakistan. Three vice-chancellors, two of Punjab and one of RuhelKhand, Bareli (U.P.) attended this seminar.
4. Book-Release Function was organized on 29 April 2010 at Press Club Chandigarh. Entitled ‘UthGyeGuaandhonYaar’ the book concerns India-Pak relations. This was released by Sh. KuldeepNayar, a prominent journalist along with Dr.Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University Patiala and Sh. S.S. Kang Chief Justice.
5. A novel translated from Hindi to Punjabi, ‘Bandhan’ by Manoj Singh was released by World Punjabi Centre on 12 June 2010 at Press Club, Chandigarh.
6. ‘Canadian Punjabi Sahit (Smeekhia)’ -a book about 57 Canadian Punjabi writers by Sukhinder was released on 23 September 2010 at Senate Hall Punjabi University, Patiala in the presence of MohtramaKishwarNaheed.
7. ‘New aspects of modern Punjabi Diaspora Literature’ -an International Seminar was organized on 9 November 2010 at Govind National College, Narangwal
1. A book ‘Amrit Vela’ a poetry composition by Paramvir Singh was released on 5 January 2011 at Senate Hall, Punjabi University, Patiala.
2. ‘Communicative means of Punjabi Culture: Status and Direction’ a seminar was arranged on 12 Feb. 2011 at Darbara Singh College for Women, Lopo (Moga).
3. aPothohari film named ‘Lakeer’ was shown in collaboration with Youth Welfare Dept. Punjabi University, Patiala on 11 March 2011 at Kala Bhawan, the film script written by prominent writer Mr. Khalid Hussain.
4. Professor Jasbir Jain sponsored by World Punjabi Centre participated in the World Punjabi Literary Conference organized by Punjabi University Patiala on 16-17 November 2011 delivering inaugural address.
1. Dr. Deepak Manmohan Singh, Director World Punjabi Centre and Dr.Satish Kumar Verma, Director Youth Welfare Dept. Punjabi University Patiala participated in SarabBharti Punjabi Conference organized by Punjabi University, Patiala at Indore on 12 Feb. 2012.
2. Punjabi Film Festival was held at KlaBhawan, Punjabi University, Patiala on 27, 28 and 29 February 2012 in collaboration with Youth Welfare Dept. Punjabi University, Patiala.
3. A three-day Punjabi Kokni Poetry Translation Workshop was organized on 18, 19, 20 March 2012 at the office of World Punjabi Centre in collaboration with Sahitya Academy, Delhi.
4. Saadat Hassan Manto Centenary was celebrated on 24 May 2012 at Senate Hall, Punjabi University, Patiala.
1. Dr.Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal - a journalist from Canada delivered a lecture “Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture in Canada. This lecture was sponsored by World Punjabi Centre at Punjabi University Patiala on 31 March 2013.
2. “Modern Punjabi Story: Context and Perspectives” –a seminar was arranged at Sant Baba Bhag Singh Memorial Girls College, Sukhanand (District Moga) on 15 March 2013 in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre.
3. The 6th Sarb-Bharati Punjabi Conference –as a Cultural Evening of Sufi Music & Classical Dance was organized on 30 April 2013 by North Zone Cultural Centre in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre.
4. ‘PeelayPattar’ a poetry book by ShriHarbansBhalla was released by the World Punjabi Centre at Kala Bhawan, Punjabi University, Patiala. Audio discs of this poetry recited by Mr. Ravi Sharma (Bombay) in the melodious voice were distributed among the audience. Mr.MonishBhalla, son of the great poet ShriHarbansBhalla, declared this book-series is to be published in ten volumes.
5. Two books by Punjabi writer Dr. Amar Jyoti who is settled in Holland were released by the World Punjabi Centre on 31 May 2013; Titles are: ‘Nation, Identity and Diaspora in Surinamese Poetry’ and ‘SurinamiKavita: Kaumiat, Shanakhat and Diaspora’ in the presence of Dr.Jaspal Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University Patiala.
6. ‘Future of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture in South Asia: Challenges & Perspectives’ was part of the theme at the South Asian Punjabi Conference organized at Punjabi University Patiala on 30-31 July 2013.
7. ‘JeevanJaach (The Art of Living)’ a seminar was organized by Ontario Friends Club at Brampton (Canada) on 1 December 2013 in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre, wirh Director, Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh participating.
8. Abbotsford Punjabi SahityaSabha at Surrey (Canada) arranged a seminar on 4 December 2013 in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre. Dr. Deepak Manmohan Singh and Dr.Satish Kumar Verma (Punjabi University) were honoured in this seminar for their contribution towards Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture.
9. ZilhaLikhariSabha, Roopnagar (Regd.) arranged a function on 14 December 2013 in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre where two books of a Canadian Punjabi writer, KhojiKafir, were released; ‘Peer Buddhu Shah’ (a novel) and ‘TalkhBolian’ (Studies in folklore).
10. ‘World Peace’ an international conference was organized on 21-23 December 2013 at Lahore (Pakistan) by the World Punjabi Congress, Lahore in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre, Patiala and International Sufi Council. Writers and Artists from twelve countries participated including 20 delegates from India.
1. ‘The 9th Annual GurmatBibekGoshti’ was organized by NaadPargaas Sri Amritsar on the theme ‘Western Philosophy: A Critcal Analysis’ on 2-5 January 2014 at Punjabi university Patiala in collaboration with the World Punjabi Centre.
2. The World Punjabi Centre organized a musical evening on 4 Feb. 2014 releasing a book on renowned folk singer ShrimatiSurinderKaur entitled ‘VgdePaniaa di Gayka: SurinderKaur’. The writer of this book Mrs. Dolly Guleria, daughter of SurinderKaurpresented many songs for the rapturous audience.
3. The World Punjabi Centre presented a book at Press Club Chandigarh on 5 March 2014 entitled ‘Petals-An offering in Verse’ written by Prof. GurinderChahal.
4. A Lecture ‘Status of Punjabi in Toronto (Canada)’ was delivered by Sunder Pal Rajasansi on 3 April 2014 at Seminar Hall, World Punjabi Centre..
Dr.DeepalManmohan Singh, Director of World Punjabi Centre participated in the World Punjabi Conference at Brampton, Ontario., Canada on 13-14 June 2015.
Dr.Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Director: December 2015-May 2018
1. 2nd International Digital Literacy Forum conducted a seminar on ‘Digital Punjabi and its Progress’ at Bhutta College of Education, Ludhiana on 9 February 2016.
2. Dr.Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister held a discussion Dr.Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Director, World Punjabi Centre regarding future planning of Punjabi language conferences abroad.
3. A seminar and book was released on Bhagat Singh's Jail Note Book: Its Context and Relevance on 30 June 2016
4. S. Tarlochan Singh, Ex-Chairman and Ex member of Raj Saba issued a book titled ‘Role of a Parliamentarian edited by Dr Kehar Singh on 20 July 2016
5. An International Punjabi Seminar was arranged in Canada on 31 July 2016
6. A new edition of International Directory of Punjabi NRIs (2017) by Nirpal Singh Shergill was released at the World Punjabi Centre.
7. Dr. FaujaSngh Memorial Lecture was delivered on ‘Historical Examination of Religious Conversions In Early Medieval Punjab and Sind’ by Dr. K.T.S. Sarao, Professor, University of Delhi, on 30 November 2016. This theme was jointly arranged by the World Punjabi Centre and the Department of History at Punjabi University.
September 14: Gurinderpal Singh Josan, author of SaragarhiSaka: adutijangimisaalhonoured at WPC and his new book was issued.
September 19: Dr B S Ghuman planted a tree in front of WPC in the memory of Saragarhi Sikh soldiers of 1897.