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The Kalgidhar Trust / Society - Baru Sahib

 

 

 

Background

The Kalgidhar Society – Baru Sahib, is a not for profit, charitable organisation engaged in the delivery of value based educational programs at schools spread out in the northern part of India.The institution is proud of its very rich and powerful Sikh educational heritage - blessings and linkages through its founding Fathers, firstly, Sant Attar Singh Ji of Cheema, a village in Sangrur district of Punjab, India.

The most revered saint of modern India, even a century back, believed that mere scientific education would only lead to destruction - education has to holistically blend science with  Spirituality in order to make the world a better place for all to live.He pioneered the phrase “when we educate a boy – we educate a man”. . His advocacy of education for the girl-child, and blending education with spirituality shows his sense of foresightedness. The thought of education of the girl-child meant to Baba Ji the education of the whole family.

His first educational set up was a school for girls in 1906. This he did even before establishing a school for boys and the Akal Degree College at Mastuana, Punjab. He went on to establish a chain of schools and colleges.  In 1914 at the invitation of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya he laid the foundation stone of the Hindu Banaras University.  He also took part in several educational conferences motivating others to establish many more schools and colleges. Such was his goodwill and popularity as a messenger of the Universal Brotherhood of the entire humanity

To carry the message of Sikhi into the future, Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji picked Sant Teja Singh Ji, MA, LLB , (Punjab) AM (Harvard). Sant Teja Singh Ji was born to Bhai Ralla Singh and Ram Kaur at Balowali village (in Pakistan) on 14 May 1877. Bhai Ralla Singh was a medical doctor working in Central Jail, Lahore. Sant Teja Singh Ji passed his postgraduate studies with distinction and continued with a degree in law.  He later studied at University College London and University of Cambridge in the UK and then went on to Harvard University in the United States for further studies.

Sant Teja Singh Ji established The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib in 1963 to spread Guru Nanak Ji’s message of the Universal Brotherhood Man within the wider context of the Oneness of the Creator and His Creation. Sant Teja Singh entrusted the responsibility of managing and developing the activities at Baru Sahib to Baba Iqbal Singh Ji.

The mud-hut, housing the Gurdwara was expanded.  Roads were built; vehicles began to ply and by 1975, six rooms were constructed. Thereafter, in 1981-82, the construction of cement and brick Gurdwara and Ashram building were started.

A humble beginning in a mud-hut Ashram in 1986, with just five students, Today The Kalgidhar Trust Baru Sahib, is proud to be blessed as a leading Sikh institution in the world. To know more about Baru Sahib’s charitable ventures, please visit www.barusahib.org

Who we are

Akal Academy is a chain of 129 co-educational English medium low cost public schools following CBSE curriculum and affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the rural areas of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The 65,000 students who attend these schools are mostly from the deprived sections of society, regardless of caste, creed, religion, social status or geographic region of the country. The key strategy is to provide cost-effective, quality oriented holistic schooling to the rural under privileged children in India. The well planned value-based education skilfully integrates a stark modern learning educational infrastructure.

Established and managed by The Kalgidhar Trust / Society, it is a non-profit charitable organisation focused on providing quality education to fight the alarming rise in drugs and alcohol abuse. Equal stress is placed on Healthcare, Women Empowerment and Social Welfare. The organisation has been instrumental in the socio-economic uplift of the poor in the far-flung rural areas of North India.

In addition to the schools, The Trust runs 24 Colleges, two Private Universities, and six Teachers Training Centres with an enrolment of 2000 girls from rural areas. Part of the forgoing charitable stables is a Hospital with 280 beds, three Drug Rehabilitation Centres, an Orphanage, a Home for the elderly, and a Rehabilitation Centre for Distressed Women.

Through its pool of charitable resources, the Society is engaged in four Free Medical/Surgery Camps for the poor in the hilly areas of Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. Kalgidhar Society is instrumental in the empowerment of women and poor in the far-flung areas of North India for the betterment of society.

To know more about Akal Academy ongoing projects & ventures, please visit www.akalacademybarusahib.com  or  www.akalacademy.in  or  www.ruraleducation.in

 

Mission Statement

Akal Academy aims at developing the youth by cultivating their minds, imbued with a spirit of inquiry, thirst for knowledge, respect for diverse world cultures, along with inspiring their hearts with keen desire to serve the community in which they live and work, as well as aspire to serve humanity at large, through inculcating universal spiritual values in tune with the needs of modern education.

While the lifestyle of students is inspired by the ideal Sikh way of life, all efforts are made to nurture the talents of blooming students by providing them with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and dedicated and skilled faculty. Akal Academy is proud to have students from a myriad of ethnic, social and national background. Upholding Guru Nanak's message of universal brotherhood, no distinction is made on these basis in any opportunity offered by the Akal Academy. Hence, Akal Academy is an equal-opportunity institution where all decisions are taken on the basis of merit.

Contact Information

Akal Academy
Baru Sahib, Via Rajgarh,
Teh. Pachhad, Distt. Sirmore,
Himachal Pradesh –173101, INDIA

Phone No: 9816400625
Fax: 08431602277
Email ID: info@akalacademy.in
Website : www.akalacademy.in

Charity registered in England & Wales. Charity number 1041548