Empowering Sikh Youth: The Sikhya Langar Movement
Fostering Education and Skills for a Brighter Tomorrow
In the heart of Amritsar, history was made as a visionary leader, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Member of Parliament from Punjab, hosted a Round Table Conference of profound significance. Under the patronage of Jathedar Akal Takht Sahib, this conference brought together the eminent heads of over fifty Singh Sabha Gurdwara committees from diverse corners of India, along with distinguished Sikh historians, philosophers, and educationalists. The event marked a turning point, an embodiment of a collective resolve to transform the lives of Sikh youth through education and skill development.
The Birth of the Sikhya Langar Movement:
Under the benevolent gaze of Singh Sahib Raghubir Singh Ji, Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib, the Sikhya Langar Movement was officially launched. The primary objective, unanimously decided upon during the Round Table Conference, is to provide skilling and job opportunities to Sikh youth. This is to be achieved by establishing Skill Development Centers within Gurudwaras across the country, while forging robust industrial partnerships to secure job placements for Sikh youth, allowing them to find employment within their native cities.
Five pivotal resolutions were passed during the conference, reflecting the unwavering commitment of all involved:
- Allocating Budget for Education: Each Gurdwara will dedicate 15% to 25% of its budget to education.
- Formation of Education Committees: Every Gurudwara will establish an Education Committee.
- Guidelines for Fund Expenditure: Gurudwaras will define guidelines for fund expenditure, with a particular focus on addressing school dropouts and higher education.
- Skill Development Centers: Each Gurudwara will strive to have a Skill Development Center.
- Financial Support: Vikramjit Singh Sahney pledged to contribute 20% of the capital expenditure required for establishing these Skill Centers in every Gurudwara.
The Sun Foundation: A Valued Partner:
In a remarkable show of support, the Sun Foundation pledged to be a subject expert partner in the endeavor. They have painstakingly developed more than 30 skill courses, each accompanied by a dedicated curriculum. In collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation, these courses will be made available for Gurudwaras to select based on their community’s needs and preferences. The Sun Foundation will provide invaluable guidance in setting up and managing the Skill Centers.
A Vision for the Future:
Sh. Vikramjit Singh Sahney’s unwavering commitment to empowering Sikh youth was palpable. He emphasized the immense potential of Sikh youth and the transformative power of providing them with the right opportunities and guidance. Sahney highlighted the unfortunate trend of Punjab’s youth seeking opportunities abroad without viable vocations at home. He underscored the urgent need to offer education and vocational skills that would enable these young individuals to lead prosperous lives in India.
An Appeal to Sikh Industrialists:
As an impassioned appeal, Sahney called upon Sikh industrialists across all cities to contribute to the education fund within their respective Gurudwaras. The Sikhya Langar Movement symbolizes a monumental stride towards nurturing youth and harnessing their potential. It reaffirms the Sikh community’s enduring spirit and commitment to elevating and empowering its youth.
In conclusion, the Sikhya Langar Movement is a testament to the indomitable spirit and unity of the Sikh community. It is an embodiment of their commitment to providing education, skills, and brighter prospects for Sikh youth, enabling them to thrive within their homeland.