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SGPC to set up ‘censor board’ for films, books on Sikhs

Posted in Articles by Pippa on February 4, 2015

Jan 26, 2015

CHANDIGARH: Films and books on Sikh religion may soon have to pass the test of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), which is planning to set up a ‘censor board’ for “moral policing” of the scripts.

The move comes against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s movie ‘MSG’ and many Bollywood movies in which actors have donned the turban like Ajay Devgn starrer ‘Son of Sardar’ and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Singh is King’.

“We will soon set up Sikh Censor Board comprising historians and intelligentsia so that someone keen to make any film or write a book concerning Sikh religion first gets the script cleared to avoid consequences later,” Amritsar-based SGPC head Avtar Singh Makkar told this agency.

Terming it as “moral policing” on part of SGPC, Makkar said the board members will clear the script of films or books based on Sikh religion and community members.

“Our idea is that Sikh religion is projected and exhibited in public domain in consonance with the spirit of code of conduct of the community,” he said.

Please read the rest of the article: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/SGPC-to-set-up-censor-board-for-films-books-on-Sikhs/articleshow/46018615.cms

Read attached PDF: SGPC Censor-TOI-1 Feb 2015

University of Cambridge and SGPC colloboration

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on July 22, 2009

21 July 2009

After signing historic Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Cambridge and SGPC Mr Michael O’Sullivan Director Cambridge Commonwealth Trust exchanging papers with Jatherdar Avtar Singh President SGPC. In the middle is Professor Alison Richard the Vice Chancellor of the University. The collaboration will benefit East Punjabi students to work on MPhiland PhD degrees in various disciplines. It is hoped that the scheme will offer five scholarships annum.

Cambridge press release: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2009072205

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha,  Hounslow: http://www.sgss.org/events/2009/2009AmritsarUoC.htm
Cambridge. 21 07 09







PHOTO by Amarjit Chandan

SGPC, Cambridge varsity to institute scholarships for Sikh students

Posted in News/Information by Pippa on July 14, 2009

Tribune News Service
The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) plans to institute scholarships in collaboration with the University of Cambridge (UK) for needy and meritorious Sikh students for research studies leading to MPhil and PhD degrees.

SGPC president Jathedar Avtar Singh said the SGPC had received a proposal from the Department of Human Resources, University of Cambridge (UK), in February this year regarding providing opportunities to Indian students from the Sikh community.

Michael O’ Sullivan Joseph, Director, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, arrived in India a few days back to discuss the modalities for the creation of scholarships.


The Trust grants about 860 scholarships to Commonwealth students who are meritorious and fulfill the eligibility for admission to Cambridge varsity.

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