Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s message of “Pavan-Guru Paani-Pita Maata-Dharat Mahat” more relevant in present context of ecological crisis facing mankind: VC
Bathinda: The experts emphasised on tackling the environment and ecological crisis facing mankind at the first Advisory Board meeting of Guru Nanak Dev Chair held at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University (MRSPTU), Bathinda’s Committee room here on Thursday.
It may be mentioned here that to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Punjab Government had decided to set up a Guru Nanak Dev Chair in the MRSPTU in the name of the first Sikh master.
The meeting held in offline and online mode was attended by renowned Environmentalist, Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, Sant Seva Singh (Environmentalist), Khadoor Sahib Wale, Dr. Sarabjinder Singh, Prof. Department of Guru Granth Sahib Studies and Chairperson Bhai Gurdas Chair Punjabi University, Patiala, Sr. Gurmeet Singh, Honorary Secretary Sri Akal Takhat Sahib (As a representative of Jathedar Sri Akal Takhat Sri Amritsar Sahib), Dr. Gursharan Singh Randhawa, Damdama Sahib Professor Biotech and Director (Honorary) Punjabi University, Patiala South Campus, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib), Bathinda, Dr. Balwinder Pal Singh (Rtd.) Head, Department of Economics, Guru Hargobind Rai Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, Prof. (Dr.) Savina Bansal, MRSPTU, Dean Academic, Prof. Ashok Goel, Director, College Development Council, Dr. Charanjit Kaur, Consultant, Guru Nanak Chair, MRSPTU and Director Public Relations, Harjinder Singh Sidhu.
During the meeting, various agendas including, adoption of interdisciplinary approach in science, technology and social sciences and formation of short term courses for students in the light of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Philosophy, inspire people to adopt natural and environment friendly way of life to purify the environment in which human needs are taken care of in a scientific manner but greed is abandoned were discussed and approved by the Board. Besides creation of a special park on the MRSPTU campus for the cleanliness of the environment and for the transmission of Guru Nanak’s messages, organizing lectures / seminars / conferences / workshops / seminars to understand, explain and propagate the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev ji to the general public are also remained in focus.
Apart from Creation of a website to digitalise the resources related to Guru Sahib , Mapping of Guru Sahib’s Worldly Journey, Digitization of Gurbani, Publishing books and magazines and preparing a coffee table book and acquiring artistic paintings to depict the life philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev Ji were among other agenda’s approved by the Board.
Experts pointed out that Guru Nanak had conveyed the message to respect nature, mother earth and other natural resources such as water and air. “We have forgotten the teachings of Guru Nanak who said “Pavan Guru Panni Pita Mata Dharat Mahat” (Air is our teacher, Water our father, And the Great Earth our mother), which means that our environment is like our family but what we see today is deteriorating air due to pollution and depleting underground water”. The real tribute to Guru Nanak Dev would be to preserve our natural resources for future generations.
MRSPTU, Vice Chancellor, renowned academician and researcher, Prof. Buta Singh Sidhu said the chair is aimed to align the objectives of Government of Punjab to conduct exhaustive research in systematic manner on Guru Nank’s messages and teachings of peace, humanity, equality, compassion for creation of better society and clean green environment. The Chair during its 5 year term will be entrusted with conducting research on the life, philosophy and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in particular related to Environmental Science based on “Pavan-Guru Paani-Pita Maata-Dharat Mahat ”.
Later, Baba Sewa Singh and other dignitaries planted Peepal (Ficus Religiosa), Amla (Indian gooseberry) and a trio of herbal plants known as triphala.