The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib, established by Sant Teja Singh as per the wishes of Sant Attar Singh, has valuable contribution to its credit in the field of value-based education in the northern states of India. 66 branches of Akal Academy are already running successfully under the aegis of the Trust for the last few decades.
On 23 September, 2010, 67th branch of Akal Academy was established at village Chak Desraj, Distt. Jalandhar, Punjab on the three and half acre piece of land donated by S. Santokh Singh Sahota and his family on being inspired by Sant Charan Das. It was inaugurated by Dr. Dalbir Singh Dhillon, Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, after the prayer to Almighty by Baba Iqbal Singh, President, The Kalgidhar Trust.
The proceedings commenced with Bhog Sri Akhand Paath Sahib, which was followed by Shabad Kirtan by the students of Dhanal Kalan and Makhangarh branches of Akal Academy.
While addressing the gathering on this auspicious occasion, the Chief-Guest Dr. Dalbir Singh Dhillon said, “The great endeavor of imparting scientific education based on spiritual ethos in Akal Academies by Baba Iqbal Singh can’t be expressed in words. The Akal Academies are impacting their surrounding areas positively.”
Bibi Gurdev Kaur Sangha, Chairperson, Punjab State Women Commission, said that the moral character of the young generation is being built through the value-based education in Akal Academies. She added that the youth is being prevented from falling into the clutches of drug-menace and other social evils.
S. Ravinder Singh Mehta, Director, Akal Academies, apprised the gathering with the various projects and activities being undertaken by The Kalgidhar Trust in the field of education, which included the target of establishing 150 Academies till 2012.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary S. Sarwan Singh exhorted all to support The Kalgidhar Trust in achieving its target of establishing Akal Academies in the far-flung rural areas of northern India.
Addressing the gathering, Baba Iqbal Singh exhorted all to perform selfless service for the welfare of humanity. He asked the various Panchayats to come forward and donate land for the establishment of Akal Academies in their respective villages, so that the youth could play their part to boost the economy of the country. He added that value-based education is the need of the hour to establish permanent peace.
On this occasion, Baba Iqbal Singh was honored by Mrs. Balwinder Kaur, the member of donor family and the Panchayat of Chakk Desraj. Baba Iqbal Singh blessed all the guests with Siropaos (robe of honor). Several financial donors were also blessed with Siropaos by S. R.S. Mehta. The other dignitaries presented on the occasion included Captain Gurnek Singh, Harjinder Singh Lallian, S.G.P.C. member, S. Amarjeet Singh, Sarpanch, Chakk Desraj, S. Suchha Singh Johal, S. Kulvir Singh, Sant Charan Das, Baba Lakhwinder Singh Kar Sewa Wale, Sant Anoop Singh, S. Balvir Singh, U.K., S. Gurmel Singh, U.K., S. Harjinder Singh Khehra, Jathedar Maha Singh, Vice-President, All India Youth Akali Dal, Sarpanch Boojha Singh and S. Bhagat Singh, President, Co-operative Society.