New Research Centre To Protect Sikh Heritage || SNE
By TIMES OF INDIA .
Jul 09, 2019
With the construction of the Sikh Heritage and Research Centre almost on the verge of completion, the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh is set to become a centre for research and preservation of the history of Sikh gurus.
The centre, which is coming up at Daroga Rai Path here, covers an area of 10,000 square feet. The project was launched in 2015 on the occation of the 350th birth anniversary of the last Sikh guru.
The project, which incurs a cost of around Rs 10 crore, is funded by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) and is being supervised by the Bihar Sikh Pratinidhi Board. It would be completed by the end of September.
The centre, designed like a gurudwara, is a four-storied building. It will be used for both religious and social purposes. “Our main aim is to spread the teachings of our gurus among the people as they do not ascribe to a particular community and are universal in nature,”said Kuldeep Singh Bagga, president of Bihar Sikh Pratinidhi Board.
It has an auditorium on the ground floor with a seating capacity of 250 persons where religious programmes like ‘gurubanis’ and ‘Kirtans’ will be organised. The first floor will have an audio-visual room, a digital library and a conference room. There are also nine rooms for scholars and 16 rooms for researchers and guests.
With a view to working for the betterment of the society, the centre will also take up several social welfare activities. “Medical camps, blood donation camps and education drives would be organised on a regular basis,” said Surjit singh, general secretary of Bihar Sikh Pratinidhi Board.
“we also wish to provide coaching facilities to students in near future,” he further added.