To achieve its various objectives, the IOSS has taken up the following activities in hand:
The Institute has made publishing its main activity. Measures have been taken to publish relevant and authentic quality literature to create understanding of the basic concepts of this youngest and the most modern and practical religion of the world. Till date the Institute has published more than 50 quality books by world reknowned authors like S. Kapur Singh, S. Daljeet Singh, S. Jagjit Singh, Dr. N. Muthumohan, etc. For a detailed listing of IOSS publications and to read some of them online, please visit the Publications section of the website.
A journal, Abstracts of Sikh Studies was started in 1991. It is now issued quarterly in January, April, July and October every year. It is counted amongst the top research journals with a global readership, and is known for its high academic standard. The journal deals with current academic issues relating to Sikh religion and history, besides exposition of basic Sikh doctrines and interpretation of Gurbani. To read current and back issues of the Abstracts of Sikh Studies, please visit the Journal section of the website.
3. Seminars and Conferences
In 1990-91 seven International Sikh Conferences were organised in U.K., Canada, and U.S.A., at London, Toronto, Vancouver, Berkeley, Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York, to promote understanding of Sikh Thought. Such conferences are now an annual feature and since 1995 the Institute has been holding annual seminars. Top scholars from India and abroad participate in these seminars. Papers presented at these seminars are brought out in a book form, and the issues discussed are pursued further to achieve tangible results. Besides annual seminars, additional mini-seminars, are also organized from time to time. The IOSS members meet regularly every month to discuss current issues confronting the Panth (community). For further details on past and forthcoming seminars, please visit the Seminars section of the website
The Institute has its own library in its headquarters - Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Kanthala, (Opp. Tribune Chowk), Indl Area Phase 2, Chandigarh. The Institute is indebted to Late Sardar Amar Singh Chhatwal who donated funds for the construction of the library building. The library is named after his late wife, Sardarni Sita Chhatwal. More than Four thousand books, including several rare titles are available in the Institute's library. A few years back, the family of Late Dr Sher Singh Sher, International Professor of Sikhism donated his entire library to the Institute. These books form part of the Dr Sher Singh Sher Research Section of the library. The library is open between 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on working days and between 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays.