Intach to conserve Sikh relics

The Chairman of INTACH, Mr S.K. Mishra, said conservation labs of the trust throughout the country would extended all possible co-operation in conserving Sikh relics.

He announced this while launching a lecture series on ‘The endangered heritage’ wherein scholars from different communities will be invited to speak about their heritage and make suggestions for conservation.

Eminent Sikh historian Dr Mohinder Singh in the Capital delivered the first lecture in the series. Mr Patwant Singh, well-known Sikh scholar, emphasised the need to create awareness among the Sikh community to conserve their precious heritage.

He urged the SGPC and the DSGMC to make concerted efforts to create awareness for conservation of the relics of the Gurus, hukumnamas and Guru Granth Sahib birs with different families, the Sikh takhts and other museums and libraries in India and abroad.

In the course of his lecture, Dr Mohinder Singh mentioned that the team of the National Institute of Panjab Studies had taken up a major project on locating, cataloguing and photographing relics of the Sikh Gurus and other historic Sikh personalities.

Based on fieldwork and photographs, the institute had published eight pictorial books under the Panjab Heritage Series.

He mentioned that after having completed the first project, the Institute had now taken up another major project on locating, cataloguing and digitizing the rare Guru Granth Sahib birs in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom.

As per the institute’s plan after locating and digitizing these birs, the institute would approach the authorities for conservation of these rare birs.

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