A Gurmat Academy "Sri Guru Angad Dev Institute of Religious Studies Khadur Sahib" has beeen started in July, 2009 for the talented students who can spread moral values in the society under the keen supervision of Singh Sahib Gyani Joginder Singh Vedanti, former Jathedar Sri Akaal Takhat Sahib Sri Amritsar. This institute is running five year post graduate diploma in Gurmat Studies for which 20 students are selected every year. Besides in depth Gurmat study, these students are also taught regular Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) in Religious Studies; thereby making them able to acquire bachelor and master degrees from Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar. For B.A., they are admitted in Sri Guru Angad Dev College Khadur Sahib, sister educational institution of this institute and classes of same are conducted in the institute whereas for post graduate study, the students are got admitted in university's main campus. All facilities like boarding, lodging, education, transportation etc. are provided free of cost to the students of the institute. Around 56 students are studying in this institute at this time.
Students who have skills in Gurmat and are dedicated to achieve the sustainable development are selected for this institute through a rigorous selection procedure i.e. written test and interview. The basic qualification of the students is 10+2 in any stream having minimum 50 percent marks. After selection, these students are given in depth knowledge of Gurmat along with learning of foreign languages like English, French, Spanish etc. and Gurmat Sangeet (Kirtan) for five years to make them top class "Granthi", "Parcharak" (Preacher), Researcher, intellectual, scholar, teacher and academician etc. Students are also taught comparative study of various religions. The knowledge of students is further reinforced by Gyani Joginder Singh Vedanti; who also takes their classes regularly. Bhai Waryam Singh, former Secretary (Dharam Parchar) of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is Principal of this institute and S. Piara Singh, Retired District Education Officer, is its Director.
Two students of B.A. 1st year of the institute got merit in the university during the session 2011-12. In 2012-13, also, four students, two from B.A. 1st year and two from B.A. 2nd year, got merit.
The students of the institute have to do project work as a part of their practical for one month to spread Sikhi and research the life of Sikh population residing in the different states of India. Such a project work was done in Madhya Pardesh by the students of M.A. 1st year in June, 2013. Under this project, the tranee preachers covered almost 60 villages of Gwalior, Mohna, Bhind, Hargobind Pura, Shiv Puri, Sho Pur and few other districts with sizeable Sikh population. Their main centre was Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhorh located at historical fort of Gwalior where Sixth Guru of Sikhs Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib ji was imprisoned by the then cruel Mughal ruler Jahangir, and he got 52 Hindu kings released from there. Dabra, Mohna and Hargobind Pura were sub centers. During the project, two students stayed at one village for two days and they taught Gurmukhi and basic principles of Sikhism to local Sikh youth besides conducting congregation at local Gurudwaras. They also learnt the local Sikh youth wearing turban which they found big concern of local Sikhs. At the concluding day of the visit, students organized a Amrit Sanchar Samagam at main centre in which 304 Sikh devotees were awarded with Amrit by Panj Pyaras. While researching life of local Sikhs, they collected important data having answers of following questions:
” When did Sikhs go to Madhya Pradesh from Punjab?
” What were their circumstances at that time?
” What is their present condition? ” What is their future?
” How much are they attached with their religion, culture, language etc.?
” What are the problems they have to face?
” What is their economic condition?
Eligibility for Admission
At least 50% marks in 10+2 passed in any stream
A written test in Gurbani, Sikh history, English & General awareness and interview is conducted for selection of students. Admission is given on merit on the basis of marks obtained in written test and interview.