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State of Art Sikh History Research Centre Building Inaugurated at KCA

Punjab Tribune Bureau | February 07, 2019 05:45 PM

Will house 88 years old Library with Rare Books and Documents

 AMRITSAR: The state of art Sikh History Research Centre building was today inaugurated at historic Khalsa College, Amritsar by Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) President Satyajit Singh Majithia. The ultra modern building having consonance with the old  heritage structure of the 1892 built college will house the library, research centre and a Sikh museum.

 

Originally set up in 1930, the Sikh Research Centre was running in the old building but the rare books, manuscripts, documents, paintings and other historical material which is being preserved digitally now has been shifted to this new building, said Majithia. The library and the centre is a treasure trove of the history dating back to the 16th and 17th century. 

 

KCGC honorary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said the Centre will house more than 6274 books, which include rare books in English and Punjabi and there are hundreds of manuscripts and documents in Urdu, Sanskrit and Persian also, apart from newspaper and magazine as old as 1904 and some of the books are available only here.

 
The rare books, manuscripts and hand-written documents belonging to the times of Sikh Gurus, Anglo-Sikh Wars and Indo-Pak Partition at this 88-year-old Sikh Research Library and Museum. Majithia said Centre aims to provide material and documents for the research purpose and would house articals and material relating to the rich cultural history of Punjab.

 

"The content in this research centre will be available in English and Punjabi, to ensure it is reached a wider audience and it would collaborate with research institutes and universities around the world to bring scholars and students to the centre to facilitate their research and studies", said Majithia.

 

KCA Principal Dr. Mehal Singh said the museum within the Centre will also display the weapons belonging to the times of Khalsa Army and other Sikh Wars and the coins and records relating Maharja Ranjit Singh era. KCGC’s Vice President Swinder Singh Kathunangal, Jatinder Singh Brar, Gunbir Singh, Nirmal Singh, Principal Jagdish Singh, SS Mannan, Ajmer Singh Heir, Rajbir Singh, Harminder Singh Freedom, Vice-Chancellor Dr. GS Walia, Principals staff and members were present in large number during the inauguration.

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