On the ISC Front
As the year 2020 drew to a close and the restrictions imposed by the administration due to the pandemic were gradually relaxed, ISC started the year 2021 by working for the education of the poor and proactively revived the homework tuition centers for the villagers and coaching centers for the Sikligars. As our activity grew, children and institutions from near and far approached us for assistance. During the period we have also been constantly interacting with other Sikh Welfare organisations for giving an impetus to our projects and working on new ventures.
Executive Committee Meeting: Executive Committee Meeting of ISC was held on 29 Dec 20. It was chaired by Dr. Sardara Singh Johl, Padma Bhushan, Convener ISC and was attended by 32 distinguished and eminent members. Various issues related to the projects undertaken by the organisation and pertinent concerns of our society such as importance of education and the need for more persons to qualify and join Central / State services and Defence forces, Community Count and Dwelling Units for Sikligars, Assistance to Needy and Deserving Students were discussed in addition to the regular appraisal on working and finances of ISC. An update was also given on the actions taken by ISC on Current Socio- Religious Matters. During the open house session, a number of speakers spoke on the current social and religious affairs and gave valuable inputs and suggestions.
Changes in the HQ: Change is an inevitable part of life and is essential for the growth of any organisation. To usher in a new era and to make our organisation more vibrant and dynamic we have new faces in the HQ. Mrs Tajinder Kaur Sonia who is an UT Awardee and is actively working as Social Activist for Women Empowerment and Children Rights joined us as Media Publications and Public Relation Incharge. Mr Joginder Singh Gogia who had joined ISC a year back and was working as General Secretary had to unfortunately leave us due to his ill health and family reasons. On his departure Col AS Kandhari was appointed as the General Secretary on 05 March 21.
Educational Activities/ Homework Tuition Centres
Village Alampur & Nepran. Homework Tuitions Centre at Village Alampur and Nepran has been operating since 01 Jan 2019 with the objective of picking up intelligent, poor and hardworking Sikh students for quality education. Team ISC comprising of Col JS Multani Secretary General, Col AS Kandhari & Tajinder Kaur Sonia visited the Homework Tution Centres at village Alampur & Nepran on 07 Jan 2021. Over 100 children of the two villages are attending the Centres. Regular visits by a team from ISC is carried out to ensure smooth functioning of the Centres and obtain first hand feedback from the teachers, villagers and the students.
Village Saneta. Saneta is a large village located in SAS Nagar (Mohali) Tehsil of Mohali district, Punjab with total 407 families residing. The village has population of 2258 of which 1222 are males while 1036 are females as per Population Census 2011. The team met the Sarpanch Shri Bhagat Ram with the aim of establishing a Homework Tuition Centre in the village 0n 27 Feb 21. The aim and benefits of establishing such a centre in the village were explained to the Sarpanch by Col JS Multani. The Sarpanch was appreciative of the efforts and assured ISC of all possible assistance. It was decided to start the Centre at the start of new session after their exams. In the meanwhile, the Sarpanch was requested to identify a suitable girl / lady from the village who would take on the responsibility of the tutor for the children.
Jalandhar. A Homework Tuition Centre has been established in Jalandhar by S Jatinder Singh, Special Organiser of Amritsar Chapter of ISC, for Siklighar children on 01 Mar 21. The centre presently has one teacher and 35 students.
Update on Moga Govt ITI. To empower the youth of rural Punjab, ISC with associate organisation S. Jugraj Singh Gill Charitable Trust, is providing assistance to Govt ITI in Moga in training on Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrician, Turner and Computers. State level skill certificate (SVET) was so far being awarded to the students on successful completion of the course. To be eligible for National level certificate (NCVT) additional tools and infrastructure was required. Rs 2.5 Lakhs was given for upgrading the Lab/Wksp. The application for grant of NCVT certificate has now been accepted and approved from this session onwards.
Happy Learning Play School at Hyderabad
Happy Learning Play School for children of Siklighars which is from Lower KG to Class V, remained closed since Mar 20 due to COVID. So that the students do not miss out on studies, Homework Tuition Centre in now run at three Deras ie Bal Nagar, Rora Mistry, Subhash Nagar for the children.
Encouragement to Sikh Students / Sportsperson.
S. Talwinder Singh Lalh S/o Tarlochan Singh a National player of Badminton from Panjab University Team visited Our HQ on 23 Dec 20 and was honoured by Secretary General ISC Col JS Multani in presence of Shri S S Dhindsa Administrator ASSM College & School Mukandpur. S Tarlochan Singh, Col A S Kandhari and Mrs. Tajinder Kaur Sonia.
Financial assistance to the following students has been provided by ISC during the period:
Date Name Address Amt(Rs) 21-01-21 Gurpreet Kaur, MBBS student Patiala 38400
17-02-21 Navjit Singh, Engg student Bilaspur, Moga 9600
19-02-21 Santok Singh, Engg Student Hyderabad 13000
Books & Publications
Launch of Book - Homage to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The book, Homage to Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji was launched on 23 Jan 21. The event was organised by ISC. In his opening remarks Col JS Multani expressed his gratitude to the Chief Guest Ex MLA Jugraj Singh Gill for gracing the occasion despite his age and frail health. He gave a brief introduction of the book and the efforts put in to bring it to the present form. S Ashok Singh Bagrian introduced the Editor of the book S. Sadhu Singh Deol and described how it was compiled with the contribution by various members of IOSS and ISC. Ex-MLA Jugraj Singh ji praised the efforts of S. Sadhu Singh Deol and all others who helped for the success of this project. A cheque of Rs 5000/- was presented to Mr Jaswant Rai of IOSS as a token of appreciation of the efforts put in by him In printing of the book.
Celebrations :400 Years Birth Centenary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib
400 years of Birth Centenary of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji is being celebrated on 18 April 2021. To commemorate the occasion, it has been decided to conduct a ‘Student Programme’ for students of Tricity. Various Events / Competitions have been planned for the students of schools in the Tricity. Some schools have already given their willingness and confirmed their participation. A Documentary prepared by ISC on the Life and Teachings of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji is also planned to be released on the day. A Coordinating Meeting was held in the office of the Secretary General on 19 Feb 21 at 1130 hrs to discuss the conduct, budget and responsibilities. Date of the function will be finalized in consultation with the participating schools.
Women Empowerment Programme. A meeting was held in Village Alampur on 27 Feb 21 at around 1700 hrs. The village panchayat members and few ladies had who had been informed earlier had come for the meeting. ISC was represented by Col JS Multani, Secy Gen and Col AS Kandhari. Col JS Multani briefly explained the purpose of the workshop, the programme including its conduct and duration. He highlighted the requirement of regular attendance by the participants. The village heads unanimously supported the conduct of the event and the ladies were also enthusiastic to join. The workshop on fruit and vegetable processing and preservation is now planned to be conducted from 24 – 28 Mar 2021.
Visits of Eminent Persons and Social Activists to ISC during the Period:
Dr. Punpreet Singh (Director Helping Hand Charitable Trust Delhi) and Principal S. Harbhajan Singh (Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial College, Banga) with his staff and Mrs Sartaj Lamba, who is member ISC visited ISC HQ. She has recently been felicitated for her noble work by the Army HQ as well as by the HRD Ministry. A brief introduction about the projects undertaken was given to her by Col JS Multani, Secy Gen and the projects planned were also discussed with her.
Visit to Kapurthala (Punjab) ISC Team comprising Col Jagtar Singh Multani (Secretary General) and Manmeet Saini visited Harkrishan Public School, Pandori Khajoor, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala. At Pandori Khajoor, Mrs.Kiran Kaur Dhami(Principal and Director) of Guru Harkrishan Public School informed about the progress of Coaching Center and allied activities. As a Member of ISC, she has made arrangements for conduct of examination to be held on 14th Mar 2021, for Bhai Jaitajee Foundation, Chandigarh. She promised help and accommodation for Invigilation Staff and for seating arrangement for the students. The Team then moved to Kapurthala Rail Coach Factory where our Ex-Student and now Dr.Harmanpreet Singh is serving with Railways as Medical Officer (ADMO), RCF. Another successful Student of ISC Ms.Jaswinder Kaur(Msc-Biotech) is now working as Inspector, Cooperative Society at Chandigarh. Her marriage was fixed on 25th Feb, 2021 at Kapurthala. The ISC Team attended the marriage and blessed the newly wedded couple. ISC wishes our old students a great success in life.