Kalgidhar Trust - Baru Sahib: Case statement 2012

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The Kalgidhar Trust is a multifaceted, not for profit charitable organization working for the cause of promoting quality Education, Healthcare, Women empowerment, Social welfare, rural economic uplift and Disaster response & rehabilitation to the deprived, in far-flung rural areas of North India. It has been instrumental in bringing about silent but sure reforms to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural poor in the areas covered. The rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, backward hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are being covered with 111 outstanding Schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Govt. of India, New Delhi. These Schools provide modern education to 60,000 students mostly from deprived sections of the rural society.
*Students passed out from Akal Academies are today placed in the
highest echelons of society such as IIT, IIM, foreign universities, MNCs,
Air Force Pilots, NDA (Military), Industrialists, Entrepreneurs etc.

*Bringing rural youth into the mainstream:
While 56,240 students enrolled in professional courses in Punjab
during 2007-08, only 2085 were from rural background.
Today 368 rural students from Akal Academies are studying in foreign
universities
*The most amazing fact is that 600 students from Patiala city come to
study in the 3 Akal Academies established in surrounding rural areas.
All our Senior Secondary schools are toppers among all other Senior
Secondary schools established in their respective districts.
*Akal College of Engineering and Technology, Baru Sahib is leading the
way in Himachal Pradesh and tops among all 19 Engineering Colleges
of the State, having produced 9 Gold Medalists.
*Akal College of Nursing, Baru Sahib is rated as No. 1 among all Nursing
Colleges in Himachal Pradesh, producing three Gold Medalists.
*Akal College of Divine Music and Spiritualism has produced world
famous 32 piece all-string instruments orchestra performing on
National and International TV channels.
*Akal Honours School in Economics is being developed on the pattern
of the world famous London School of Economics with two Gold
Medalists.

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Kalgidhar Trust - Baru Sahib: Case statement 2012

  1. 1. Enshrine. Educate. Empower REGD. OFFICE THE KALGIDHAR TRUST/SOCIETY - BARU SAHIB, Via Rajgarh. Distt. Sirmore, Himachal Pradesh-173101, India Tel: 91-1799 - 276031, 09816033303 Fax: 91-1799 - 276041 NEW DELHI OFFICE: F-3, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi-110027 Ph.: 91-11-42434243 (M) 09810092292 U.S.A.: P.O. Box 2424, Poquoson, VA 23662-0424 U.S.A. Tel.: 001-804-639-6507 E-mail: akalacademy@aol.com, sekhon@barusahib.org 581 Talia Circle, Fairview, Tx 75069 Tel.: 972-908-2517 (R), 469-233-0170 (M) E-mail: anjuchawla12@yahoo.comENGLAND: 162 Great West Road, Hounslow, Middx. TW5 9WR (U.K.) Tel.: 0208-570-4424 Mob: 07711-382621 CANADA: # 204 , 12639-80 AVE, SURREY, BC CANADA V3W 3A6 Tel.: 604 -780 - 7200 Fax: 1 800-518-0740 E-mail: info@akalacademy.ca w w w. b a r u s a h i b . o rg i nfo @ b a r u s a h i b . o rg The Kalgidhar Trust/Society
  2. 2. To establish permanent peace in the world through Aim to be an enabler for the creation of high caliber,value-based education and spiritual rejuvenation, globally diversified student base, nurturing all-roundcreating good global citizens excellence, beyond academic dimension to produce tomorrows value-based global citizens from the under-privileged classes
  3. 3. HistorySant Attar Singh Ji (1866-1927) Sant Teja Singh Ji (1877-1965) MA, LLB, AM (Harvard)Sant Attar Singh Ji, the most widely known and respected Saint in modern times, was born in village Niranjan Singh Mehta, who came to be known as Sant Teja Singh Ji later on, was born on 14 May,Cheema, of the erstwhile Jind State (now in district Sangrur, Punjab, India), on 28 March, 1866. 1877, in village Balowali ,Gujranwala, now in Pakistan. His father, Bhai Ralla Singh, was a doctor employed in Central Jail, Lahore.Sant Attar Singh Ji’s vision in advocating education of girl-child and blending worldly education withspirituality shows his foresightedness. Even a century back, he envisioned that mere scientific Sant Teja Singh Ji passed out with distinction in Post Graduate studies and followed it up with aeducation would lead to destruction; and that an educated girl would result in the whole family degree in law, and went to Harvard University, USA for further studies.being educated. For this purpose, he first set up a school for girls in 1906 prior to a school for boysand then a Degree College at Mastuana, Punjab. At the centre of his world was an abiding respect for his mentor, Sant Attar Singh ji and a belief that education has to holistically blend science with spiritual upliftment, in order to make the world aHe established a chain of schools and colleges and invariably participated in several educational better place to live in.conferences motivating the establishment of many schools and colleges. Such was his goodwill andpopularity, as a messenger of Universal Brotherhood and Oneness, that he was personally invited by Sant Teja Singh Ji founded The Kalgidhar Trust in 1963 in order to spread the message of universalPandit Madan Mohan Malviya to lay the foundation-stone of the Banaras Hindu University on brotherhood by combining spirituality with modern scientific education.24 December, 1914. "We believe it is possible to impart quality education to the students of rural areas. We wish to see their minds informed, disciplined, strengthened - in fact, trained in somewhat the same way as per the teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj,” declared Sant Teja Singh Ji. 3 4
  4. 4. Executive Summary Way to establish permanent peace REACHING OUT TO THE UNDER PRIVILEGED The Kalgidhar Trust/Society (TKT/S) is a multifaceted, not for profit charitable organization working for the cause of promoting quality Education, Healthcare, Women empowerment, Social welfare, Rural economic uplift and Disaster response & rehabilitation to the deprived, in far-flung rural areas of North India. It has been instrumental in bringing about silent but sure reforms to uplift the socio- economic status of the rural poor in the areas covered. The rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, backward hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are being covered with 111 outstanding Schools affiliated or proposed to be affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Govt. of India, New Delhi. These Schools provide modern education to around 60,000 students mostly from deprived sections of the rural society. A growing need for higher education for women was felt, and Eternal University for Women was started in 2008 with Teachers Training, Nursing (State’s first), Engineering and Post-Graduation courses. Also the foundation stone of its second University was laid on 14 December 2011 at Talwandi Sabo, Punjab. Akal University would establish an International center of comparative Religious studies as an integral part of its curriculum. Many other programs like De-addiction Centers (on an improved pattern of Alcoholics Anonymous), fully equipped Charitable Hospital, Orphanage, Women Care Centre and Senior Citizen Centre are also run by the TKT/S. Training and employment of rural youth especially focused on Women Empowerment, through Teachers Training, Embroidery, Stitching and Office management with computers is the latest addition to these programs. The mass urbanization is taking a toll on the rural masses and the scary results are already showing up in the widening gap amongst the rich and poor. Ignorance and illiteracy in the rural folks, compounded by the lack of health-care needs, brings about helplessness in their lives. TKT/S, having identified these root causes, is methodically planning to take up the challenge of providing these services to the rural poor. The strategy is simple yet effective - Move away from urbanization, Provide value-based scientific education & spiritual uplift - Reach out to the underprivileged with health-care needs and create an industrial base for their economic development. Having felt the need to expand the scope of this noble cause, TKT/S plans to expand and branch out into far-flung rural areas to set-up 100 more Schools within the next 3 years with assistance from worthy donors and Charitable Institutions. Remarkably, session 2008-11 saw the addition of 89 new schools. It is expected that a silent socio-economic uplift reform will result out of this sure-footed grass-root effort. The footprints of Eradication of illiteracy & social evils would keep on growing and positively touch the lives and fulfill needs of the rural poor and the deprived.5 6
  5. 5. The Need Way to establish permanent peace EDUCATION FOR THE RURAL POOR The situation in rural North India is alarming considering the following facts: There is a growing disparity in the education levels amongst the urban and rural masses and also the From being at No. 1 amongst all states of India in terms of per capita male and female children. Unless drastic measures are taken to arrest this trend, a social catastrophe is income, Punjab has dropped to being the economically slowest in the offing. The focus of The Kalgidhar Trust/Society is to reach out to the deprived masses, who are growing state of India. cocooned in far-flung rural areas, where modern education is at premium. TKT/S intends to intervene and make available value-based education in its own silent and humble way. From being a front-runner, Punjab has dropped to No. 16 in terms of Literacy Rate amongst all states of India. In ancient times, India was a leading nation in education with International Universities like Nalanda & The school drop out rate is an alarming 48.10% up to High school. Texla leading the way. But despite this, India is home to the worlds largest illiterates. India accounts for The per capita public spending on education by the state government is 20% of the worlds out-of-school children and for 20% of the gender-gap in elementary education. Rs. 525, while the per capita earning from sale of liquor alone is Rs. 820 and the per capita spending on liquor is Rs. 2200. Bias against women is reflected in the demographic ratio of below 800 females per 1000 males due to rampant female infanticide. From childhood, girls suffer from active discrimination, resulting in Punjab, the most prosperous sate in India, has been rated as malnutrition, lack of educational opportunity, low self-esteem and cyclical ill-health, which is BACKWARD in terms of value, indicating the current level of development in Literacy parameters by the Planning Commission. compounded by early marriage and excessive child-bearing. Poverty, lack of awareness about health- care, combined with ignorance and superstition, result in a high infant and maternal mortality rate.An obvious impact is reflected in the fact that 1 out of 3 adults and 7 out of 10 college going students are now taking drugs. Rural female children are being neglected by their own parents, as far as spending on education and An all time high of 1.47 million youth are unemployed in Punjab. nutrition is concerned. The very notion that the spending on education of girl will go waste because the girl has to go to other home after marriage and thus cannot be asset of the parent family, is strongly The completely skewed sex ratio currently stands at 793 girls for embedded in the minds of the parents. The female child is always looked down as a liability by the every 1000 boys in the state. parents and this is reflected in the last census figures of the gender ratio. In the absence of recent figures, it is estimated that the situation has worsened to a disappointing figure of 700 girls to 1000 boys Punjab has now become the No. 1 transit point for opium. in Punjab. 7 8
  6. 6. The Solution Welcome to The Valley of Divine Peace“Just as a tiny banyan seed grows into a huge tree, in the same A concerted effort needs to be operationalized to Educate, Enshrine and Empower rural India. The rural youth needs to be brought back to the mainstream so that they become useful contributors to the growing economyway, this place will develop into a great center of spiritual and society at large. A bank of good human material through Value-based Education would suffice to achieveeducation, where high quality scientific education will also be these goals silently. Urban society needs to be sensitized to the requirements of their rural brethren. A large network of Akal Academy would serve as a fountain-head of a Rural Education Revolution.imparted.” Sant Teja Singh Jis vision for Baru Sahib Besides giving modern scientific education in its Academies (CBSE Schools), TKT/S lays more emphasis on value-based education of the children. It is achieved by combining moral values with literacy. Mere literacy in any field of education gives birth to egoistic forces which creates selfishness, hatred and a complex of pseudo superiority and intelligence, which leads to conflicts and wars thus robbing the wealth and values of the citizens and nations. While walking the path of selflessness and universal brotherhood by rendering selfless help to the needy, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, one receives the blessings of the Almighty Lord for attaining Divine wisdom and salvation. The ultimate aim of TKT/S is to produce virtuous persons, who are able to reach the level of spiritual enlightenment to establish permanent peace and universal brotherhood in this world. The students, having imbibed these virtues, can become the leaders & torch-bearers for others as well; thereby helping eradicate social evils amongst their contacts. Experience tells that, one morally enlightened child can influence 30-35 members of the society. 9 10
  7. 7. The Impact Way to establish permanent peace Value-based Education Healthcare Social Welfare Women Empowerment Disaster Relief11 12
  8. 8. Akal Academy: Value based EducationThe Kalgidhar Trust/Society has established 111 English Medium Schoolsnamed Akal Academy in remote, rural areas of North India. These schoolswere started with a strength of just 5 students in 1986, which now hasgrown to around 60,000 students. It is worth mentioning that thesestudents belong to the needy sections of society and the services are spreadout so that these children do not have to travel long distances for schooling. Akal College of Divine Music: Eternal University: Akal College of Divine Music has been set-up at Baru Sahib, wherein 500 The first private University in the interior Himalayan region at Baru Sahib was underprivileged girls from rural background are provided education, established in April 2008, presently imparting value-based education in 24 spiritual & vocational training in music and other fields to ensure that streams, viz. Arts, Divine Music, Spiritual Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and while treading the path of spirituality, they can independently earn their other fields of higher education. Emphasis has also been on Institutes of livelihood upon graduating. Their educational, medical, physical and Naturopathy & Alternate medicines, which are the need of the day. Graduates dietary needs including board/lodging and clothing etc. are provided of this unique educational system will not only be excellent in academics but free of cost by TKT/S. also carry high moral values. They will have love for humanity, compassion for the weak and commitment for selfless service for mankind. In a way, the graduates of EU will work towards establishing permanent peace & universal brotherhood in the world as envisaged by the founding fathers. Education & Cultural Exchange Camps:Akal College of Engineering & Technology: Every year TKT/S holds education and cultural exchange camps for youth from USA, Canada, UK and other European countries as alsoMoving ahead in the field of higher education, ACET promises to create Australia, during months of July and August for imparting rich Indian‘Better Engineers for Better Future’ with emphasis on academic excellence, cultural values and heritage including the system of value-basedcommunication skills and high moral Values. The performance has shown education. Similarly students of Akal Academy also visit these countriesthat the students are achieving top positions in their studies. The first batch for imbibing their democratic values and laws of discipline in letter and(2007-2011) of graduating B. Tech. students secured 14 positions out of the spirit and also other advanced learning techniques.top 20 in Himachal Pradesh. The students appeared in the specialties ofElectrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE), Computer Science & Engineering(CSE), Information Technology (IT) and Electronics & CommunicationEngineering (ECE). Akal Teacher’s Training Institute: This unique program for elementary level teachers training now has• All the Gold Medals in these 4 streams were bagged by the brilliant students of ACET.• Top 8 positions out of 10 in EEE were also bagged by the students of ACET. 1500 Class XII girls belonging to the lower strata of society from remote• Top 5 positions & positions 8th and 9th in the Merit List also went to the students of CSE. rural areas of Punjab, Haryana, UP and HP. They are given intensive• 5 students from IT and 4 from ECE also made it to the merit list. training in English language and communication skills, modern teaching methodology and computer education. They are uplifted in spiritual Akal College of Nursing (ACN): concept, moral values and dedicated services to humanity with The second centre of higher education under Eternal University started its compassion and love, with a thought that teachers should be role academic session in October 2008 with B.Sc. Nursing, approved by the Indian models in all aspects not only for the students but for the society also. Nursing Council. ACN stands to be the first Nursing College in the State of Every year, hundreds of girls from backward rural areas are admitted for imparting such training and employing them Himachal Pradesh. Affiliated to the Eternal University, ACN will train and in schools, to ensure that the girl child should not be a burden on society but an earning hand not only for the parents provide necessary para-medical work-force; including Nurses, Physical but also for the society. These girls are initiated into higher education up to M.A., M.Sc. in the fields of Arts, Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Laboratory Technologists & Mathematics and various sciences for qualifying and to be absorbed as teachers in Akal Academies. This program has Health-Care Professionals in general. benefitted 871 rural girls till date by employing them as teachers in our schools. Entire expenses for training including boarding & lodging are borne by the TKT/S. 13 14
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  10. 10. Akal Academy Fatehgarh Ganduan PunjabAkal Academy Baru Sahib Akal Academy Baru Sahib Akal Academy Jand Sahib Akal Academy Fatehgarh Channa Himachal Pradesh (Hindi Medium) Himachal Pradesh Punjab Punjab Akal Academy Dhindsa Punjab 111 Schools Akal Academy Bilga Akal Academy Cheema 60,000 Students Akal Academy Gomti Punjab Punjab (Hindi Medium) Punjab 24 Streams Akal Academy Cheema (Punjabi Medium) Punjab 2 Private Universities 1 Mission Akal Academy Mander Akal Academy Kauriwara Akal Academy Bharyal Lahri Punjab Punjab Punjab Akal Academy Muktsar Akal Academy Ajitsar Ratia Punjab Haryana Akal Academy Bhadaur Akal Academy Bhai Desa Akal Academy Kajri Akal Academy Delhi Punjab 17 Punjab Uttar Pradesh 18 New Delhi
  11. 11. Akal Charitable Hospital: Drug De-addiction: Healthcare Akal Charitable Hospital is a 280-bed fully functional hospital with all state-of-the- Through 3 De-Addiction centers being run at village Cheema, Jharon art ultra-modern medical facilities. It provides medical care to the poor patients and Baru Sahib, The Kalgidhar Trust/Society aims to tackle this social of this remote, far flung rural areas of backward Himalayan region. This hospital malaise which ails our youth, who get addicted to various kinds of caters to the medical needs of patients covering an area of a radius of 100 Km. drugs, alcohol and narcotics from an early age. The Akal De-addiction with about 300 patients treated daily at its OPD. Centers help in eradicating vices among the rural folk and bringing down the crime rate, conflicts, litigations etc. among these sections. In addition to the routine medical and The alcohol-free movement being run on an improved pattern of the surgical services, emergencies of all kinds Alcoholics Anonymous-USA is proving as a savior against marital are also attended. Akal Charitable Hospital discords and exploitation of the womenfolk. is the only hospital in the region attending to the patients of snake-bite for which expensive Antivenin is given. The following methodology is adopted to treat the patients in the de- The patients and their attendants travel to addiction centers: Akal Charitable Hospital by bus, horse or on foot, undertaking quite long and arduous i) Seminars are conducted from time to time in different villages journey on difficult terrains to get relief from deadly diseases completely free of enlightening the youth against drug-addiction and alcoholism. cost. ii) Patients are admitted in the de-addiction centres, in the batches of 45 for a duration of two months or more if required. In addition to the free medical check-ups and treatments; dental care, surgical iii) The treatment is done through yoga sessions and daily meditation procedures and post-operative medical care, all patients and their attendants with emphasis on the focus towards spirituality. Apart from early receive free accommodation and meals, regardless of caste, creed, region, morning and evening spiritual sessions, three additional spiritual sessions are conducted during the day which give religion and social status. them the additional will-power and determination. iv) Through counseling, the patients are enlightened against the evils of drug-addiction. This de-addiction centre is Medical Camps: being run under the supervision of eminent doctors and specialistsIn addition to routine services, general medical camps and Ophthalmologic camps are organized 5-6 times a year. These with adequate para-medics, who volunteer their services for thecamps see specialists with various medical specializations from USA, Canada, UK, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, centre.Delhi and Mumbai volunteer their services to provide much needed medical intervention for the deprived. More than v) To treat new patients, assistance is also taken from persons already2500 patients benefit from each of these camps, wherein services of super specialists are provided virtually at the treated. They act as living examples to new patients inspiring othersdoorsteps of these poor people living in this remote Himalayan region. to renounce alcohol and drugs.More than 100 operations are carried out free of cost in each of these camps. Intricate Surgeries like Plastic Surgeries, vi) The entire treatment is done free of charge and the patients are alsoHernia, hysterectomy, myringoplasty, cleft lip and cleft palate, skin grafting, contractures following burns, all kinds of provided free care, food and lodging.general surgeries and orthopedic surgeries are performed in these camps. Some of these operations would cost morethan Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. 1 Lakh if they were performed in any private hospital in a city. Not only Patients, but their family This unique noble venture has produced remarkable results, havingattendants are provided free boarding & lodging during the camps. achieved a success rate of 82% (1 year follow-up) which is way above the maximum success rate of about 42% reported so far in the international sphere. These spectacular results are due to the multidimensional approach at this centre. The patients, in addition to the usual treatment with medicines and psychotherapy, are made to participate in voluntary service at the spiritual centre. Besides this, they meditate on the divine name. This gives them additional strength to fight the withdrawal symptoms and also confidence in their own abilities that builds up their self esteem.
  12. 12. Social Welfare Campaign to Control HIV / AIDS Health Education Camps: The Kalgidhar Trust/Society has pitched in to help control of HIV / Aids in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Volunteers of the Society along with state Department Officials have organized AIDS awareness camps of high risk population at places where truck drivers stay overnight gratifying results. At the end of the camp, all participants were thankful for the awareness created and took an oath for not risking unsafe sex. similarly, seminars were organized in all Akal Academies (Grade IX to XII) in which parents of students also participated. All students and parents vowed to make efforts to fight the menace of AIDS and purge it from the society. Book on AIDS: A widely acclaimed book entitled AIDS - How, When, Why has been printed in Hindi and distributed free of cost among the people. This contains information in simple manner on every hidden aspect of AIDS. SOCIAL WELFARE Child Welfare Centre: The Kalgidhar Trust/Society runs an orphanage under the name Akal Child Welfare Foundation at Baru Sahib, which looks after the needs of those unfortunate children, who have lost both their parents at an early age. These orphans, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or region to which they belong, are provided all the facilities free of cost, enabling them to become responsible, honest, hard working citizens and a source of strength for the country. 800 children benefit from the Akal Child Welfare Foundation. It looks after all their basic needs including boarding, lodging, educational and health needs. These children are provided free education at Baru Sahib and other branches and are given the same facilities as other students of the Academy. They are well treated by the organisation as well as the fellow students so that they dont develop any inferiority complex of being orphans.21 22
  13. 13. Women Empowerment AKAL ROZGAR YOJNA FOR WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: The Kalgidhar Trust/Society has initiated a unique socio-economic empowerment program under Akal Rozgar Yojna (ARY) for rural/needy women and widows at Baru Sahib and village Cheema, benefitting 2500 such unfortunate women, who have lost their husbands or have been discarded by their families or are unable to earn/desire to earn their livelihood. ARY ensures a life of honor and transformation for these women by imparting them training in stitching, embroidery and hand work skills on garments. These vocational courses are conducted by skilled instructors at eight ARY centres at different places. Their in-house requirements and market productions are tied up with exporters and domestic traders to generate revenue and profits for them enabling them to earn handsome income. Immense change has been seen in the confidence levels, self-respect and morale of these women, who till now were feeling neglected or doing menial jobs. Plans are to replicate the ARY program manifolds in almost all the rural areas of North India by roping in own trained womenfolk as Course instructors on salaries thereby creating new avenues of employment for them. Around 2000 young matriculate girls have been picked up to undergo a 4-year graduation course in Teachers Training with all expenses being borne by the TKT/S. They are immediately given job opportunities on graduation.23 24
  14. 14. Disaster Relief DISASTER RELIEF AND REHABILITATION In October 2005, a major earthquake shook South Asia, affecting India in Kashmir. The quake devastated this picturesque region, and cast a dark shadow on the lives of people of these areas. In the earthquake affected areas, almost 95% of the houses were completely reduced to rubble. Scores of people were killed and thousands were rendered homeless and rootless, not knowing how they would begin their lives afresh. Children were the worst affected by the devastation. The Kalgidhar Trust/Society mobilized its resources immediately, TKT/S volunteers rushed to the affected areas. The Society was committed to provide all necessary help before the onset of winter. 15 villages were adopted in the worst-hit remote areas and a budget of Rs.2.25 crores was earmarked for relief work. This gigantic endeavor was spearheaded by TKT/S volunteers. Help in the form of building material, medicines and food was provided to the villagers through the camps run by the Society. Indian Army also helped TKT/S volunteers in delivering goods to the affected people. Relief to earthquake victims was provided irrespective of any caste, creed or religion, thus following the philosophy of universal brotherhood as enunciated in the Sikh faith. 1850 houses were rebuilt by November 30, 2005, along with several places of worship of different faiths. The Societys relief and rehabilitation efforts in South Asia earthquake have been acknowledged by Govt. of Indias Ministry of Home Affairs in its Annual Report 2005-2006, as also by the media and NGOs. • After earthquake in October 2005, 15 villages were adopted in the worst-hit remote areas of Kashmir. • A budget of Rs. 2.25 crores was earmarked for relief work. • Relief to earthquake victims was provided irrespective of any caste, creed or religion. • 1850 houses were rebuilt by November 30, 200525 26
  15. 15. “All the creatures including human beings are children of the Divine Father. Thereligions follow different paths to strive for reaching the stage of Divine realisation”- Guru Nanak
  16. 16. The Opportunities Prayer: Faith and prayer is the foundation of TKT/S. We cherish and desire your specific and fervent prayer. Financial Support: TKT/S offers numerous opportunities for supporting this strategic and vital mission. Financial partners, worthy benefactors, can support the TKT/Ss rural programs with contributions in cash or kind. Service: TKT/S offers a variety of long-term and short-term service/volunteering opportunities. Technicians, Engineers, Doctors, Professsionals in IT, Administration, Finance and obviously Education are invited to contribute their time and talents.29 30
  17. 17. VolunteersEMINENT PERSONALITIES SERVING AS VOLUNTEERS TO THE KALGIDHA R TRUST/SOCIETY Singapore ¤ Mr. Kartar Singh Thakral, Thakral Group of Companies, 20 Upper Circular Rd # 03-06 The River WalkU.S.A. Singapore 058416. Contact: 65-6337-4292, 65-6538-5000 (Fax). Industrialist and large Realtor.¤ Dr. M.S. Atwal, 15305 Riding Court Laure M.D. 20702. Contact: 301-362-5442. Ohio State Univ. : M.Sc. Biochemistry. Univ. of Illinois: Ph.D. (Medical Chemistry). Columbia Univ.: MBA (Exec.). John Hopkins Univ. : M.P.H. (Health Policy). Held senior faculty positions in research & teaching in New Zealand various universities in the U.S. ¤ Mr. Piara Singh, 115 Glenmore Rd, Pakuraga, Auckland, New Zealand.¤ Dr. B.S. Sekhon, 12612 Buffalo Nickel Dr. Midlothian VA 23112. Contact: 804-639-6507. Contact: 006490577-1345. Businessman M.Sc., Ph.D. (Univ. of Wisconsin), Retired as Professor from Jackson State University.¤ Mr. Amar Singh Gill, 4 Lake View CT. Princeton Junction New Jersey 08550. Australia Contact: 609-799-7918 (R), 609-933-5557. Worked for 15 years with GEC as Electrical Engineer. ¤ Mr. Gian Singh / Rajinder Singh, P.O. Box 85, Gordonvale Qld 4865. Presently, a very successful businessman owning 30 Gas Stations. Contact: 061-740-561245, 061-740-565379 (Fax). Large Plantation Sugarcane Farmer in¤ Mr. Jaspal Singh Sidhu, 10 Greenside Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89141. Contact: 702-658-4543 (R) Australia 702-396-5114 (O) 702-429-7355 (M) Civil Engineer having successful practice.¤ Mr. Bhupinder Singh, 192 Mohawk Drive, East Hart Ford, CT. Contact: 860-233-6458, Hong Kong Aeronautical Engineer. ¤ Mr. Kanwaljeet Singh 0795/18 Hongkong Park View 88 - Tai Tam Reservoir RD,¤ Mrs. Anju Chawla, 581 Talia Circle, Fairview, Tx 75069 Contact: 469-233-0170 (M), 972-908-2517 (R) Contact: 0852-25404137, 0852-90316148. Businessman.England Phillippines¤ Mr. Rajinder Singh Rai, 37 Moorcroft Rd, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8LT. Contact: 121-449-3041 (R), 07778605187 (M). Industrialist and successful businessman. ¤ Dr. Darshan Singh Brar, International Rice Research Institute, P.O. Box 933, Manila.¤ Mr. Harkishan Singh, 36 Landsdowne Rd, Seven Kings IL Ford Essex IG3 8NF. Contact: 00632-8450606, 00632-8181926, 00632-8911292. Contact: 208-590-9631¤ Mr. Ranbir Singh Attwal, Accountant & Regd. Auditor, 76-A, King Street, Southall, Germany Middx. UB2 4DD. Contact: 07711382621 ¤ Mr. Jasbir Singh, Lehrer Kramer Str 4, 67585 Dorn Durkheim, West Germany. Businessman.Canada Denmark¤ Harpreet Singh, Calgary. Contact: 403-404-8000 ¤ Mr. Rashpal Singh Kalsi, 6 Egneborgvej, 2650 Hvidovre, Denmark. Contact: 004535834950.¤ Angrej Singh, Edmonton. Contact: 780-461-1797 Consular Development - Ministry of External Affairs, Denmark¤ Chamkaur Singh, Winnipeg. Contact: 204-990-4167¤ Ajit Singh, Toronto. Contact: 416-854-5924 Holland¤ Surinderjit Singh, Abbotsford. Contact: 604-807-5778 ¤ Mr. Iqbal Singh, Rie Crammernof, 6-1321 LK Almere, Holland. Contact: 036 - 8449356,¤ Ramandeep Singh, Vancouver. Contact: 604-724-6070 Businessman. 31 32
  18. 18. Achievements C passed out from Akal Academies are today placed in the Students highest echelons of society such as IIT, IIM, foreign universities, MNCs, Air Force Pilots, NDA (Military), Industrialists, Entrepreneurs etc. C rural youth into the mainstream: Bringing While 56,240 students enrolled in professional courses in Punjab during 2007-08, only 2085 were from rural background. C rural students from Akal Academies are studying in foreign Today 368 universities C amazing fact is that 600 students from Patiala city come to The most study in the 3 Akal Academies established in surrounding rural areas. C All our Senior Secondary schools are toppers among all other Senior Secondary schools established in their respective districts. C Akal College of Engineering and Technology, Baru Sahib is leading the way in Himachal Pradesh and tops among all 19 Engineering Colleges of the State, having produced 9 Gold Medalists. C Akal College of Nursing, Baru Sahib is rated as No. 1 among all Nursing Colleges in Himachal Pradesh, producing three Gold Medalists. C Akal College of Divine Music and Spiritualism has produced world famous 32 piece all-string instruments orchestra performing on National and International TV channels. C Akal Honours School in Economics is being developed on the pattern of the world famous London School of Economics with two Gold Medalists.33 34
  19. 19. ConclusionOUR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE FUTURE REQUIREMENTSA new chapter in the endeavor to produce better human resource, Akal Academy was started in 500 Schools by 2020 benefitting 8 Lakh Students.1986, with five students with growing strength and later affiliated to CBSE in 1995. Now the 10+2 Require 800 acres of land and Rs. 1500 Crore as infrastructure expenses.residential Academy at Baru Sahib imparts quality education to 1538 students including studentsfrom 16 countries out of which 200 are from USA. APPEALInspired by this performance, the rural folks from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh Each seat for teaching one student in these schools costs Rs. 50,000 to establish, wherein forcompellingly desired to establish similar Academies in under-privileged backward rural areas to centuries to come, rural students can benefit immensely by getting value-based educationprovide value-based education in English medium schools besides in other Indian languages, in thereby, weaning them away from social evils like drugs and alcohol.turn saving their children from the onslaught of alcohol and drug abuse. Accordingly 101day-boarding (10+2) Akal Academies were established up to high-school level in rural Punjab,Haryana, Uttar Pradesh. Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. In these Academies more than 60,000students are being imparted Real Education from LKG to Senior Secondary level.The total infrastructure of all these institutions is as below:Covered area of around 38.57 lakh sq ftLanded property of around 730 acresSupporting infra-structure and assetsDIRECT BENEFICIARIES• 60,000 Students• 2,475 Teachers / Professionals• 2,18,000 Patients• 6450 Orphans and other poor students• 200 Senior Citizens• 1200 Widows and needy women• 1,740 Addicts and their families• 9,822 Earthquake victims affected in Kashmir• 18,00,000 Population influenced. 35 36
  20. 20. Existing Schools N Punjab W EGURDASPUR - 4AMRITSAR - 3HOSHIARPUR - 3 SKAPURTHALA - 2TARAN TAARANJALANDHAR - - 4 6 Himachal PradeshROPAR - 1FIROZPUR - 4 BARU SAHIB (ENGLISH MEDIUM)MOGA - 6FARIDKOT - 2 BARU SAHIB (HINDI MEDIUM)LUDHIANA - 3FATEHGARH SAHIB - 3 AKAL INSTITUTE FOR GIRLSMUKTSAR - 4BARNALA - 3 AKAL I.B. SCHOOLPATIALA - 5SANGRUR - 7MANSA - 7BATHINDA - 6MOHALI - 1NAWANSHAHR - 2FAZILKA - 1 Haryana Baru Sahib - A view from Google Earth AJITSAR RATIA SALAM KHERA ELLENABAD BHUSLA BARA GURA Uttar Pradesh DARA SINGH WALA GOMTI (ENG. MEDIUM) RORI GOMTI (HINDI MEDIUM) Rajasthan CHANDER KALAN KAJRI 31 B.B., PADAMPUR SUNIANA UNNAO KAMRANI TIORA TILLIPURA GANGANAGAR MAP NOT TO SCALE MAZRI DAKRA SAHIB

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