Patiala, Punjab: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate the newly constructed Sri Guru Granth Sahib Bhawan on the Punjabi University Campus here tomorrow. The new structure will house the Department of Guru Granth Sahib Religious Studies and will carry out both research and teaching activities with focus on Sikh studies.
Vice Chancellor of the university Dr Jaspal Singh said the centre as a School of Sikh Theology would be transformed into a Mecca of Sikh Academics by making available all kinds of material relating to Sikh Studies. The centre will house 450 digitised versions of Guru Granth Sahib in addition to 67 hard copies, donated by noted scholars and Sikh religious enthusiasts. Some of these were gold plated weighing more than 2 kg, he said.
Dr Sarabjinder Singh, Head of the Department, said they were already running three PG diploma courses in Sikh Theology, Sikh Hermeneutics and Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies, while two more courses in Symbol and Signs and Religious Studies would be started from next year. The building covers a total area of around 14,000 square feet. Badal will be the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony.
Source: The Tribune