Fatehgarh Sahib, October 11, 2013-The Academic Council and Syndicate of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University had given its approval for the establishment of three research departments- Guru Arjun Dev Centre for Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Bhai Gurdas Centre for Sikh Studies and Guru Nanak Dev Centre for Sikh Music.
The Advisory Board of Guru Nanak Dev Centre for Sikh Music held its first meeting today at the University Campus under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Dr. Gurmohan Singh Walia. The meeting was attended by Dr. Gurnam Singh and Dr. Paramvir Singh from Punjabi University; Dr. Gurpreet Kaur from Guru Nanak Dev University; Amritsar, Prof. Kartar Singh, Director Gurmat Sangeet Academy, Anandpur Sahib, Dr. Jasvir Singh Sabar, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Dr. Kanwaljit Singh, Dean Academic Affairs, Dr. B. S. Bhatia, Dean Research, Dr. Pritpal Singh, Registrar and Dr. BirBikram Singh, Dean Students' Welfare.
The main agenda of meeting was to discuss various aspects of the project of compilation of Encyclopedia of Sikh Music. According to the preliminary estimates, the proposed encyclopedia will include as many as three thousand entries about the Gurmat Sangeet and Sikh tradition of "Dhadi and Kawishri". The project is expected to be completed in 11 years. The encyclopedia will be published in five volumes. In the first year, suggestions will be solicited from the Sikh intellectuals and experts in the field in India and abroad. In the two years, the first volume of the selected entries will be published. An Advisory Committee has been constituted to oversee the editorial work. Experts from outside Universities will be roped in for the cause. The Advisory Committee shall hold at least one meeting after every two months and the minutes of meeting as well as the agenda thereof will be kept in records. The print edition of the encyclopedia will be accompanied by audio-visuals for the entries. The academicians and intellectuals present in the meeting congratulated the Vice Chancellor for initiating this noble work and promised full support and cooperation in the compilation of encyclopedia.