550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji to be celebrates in 2019

Highlights:

  • The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the great saint and founder of the Sikh faith.
  • Guru Nanak’s teachings of love, peace and brotherhood hold universal appeal.
  • Considering the significance of this occasion, the Prime Minister has constituted a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the Chairmanship of Union Home Minister with Finance Minister and Minister of State for Culture as Members.
  • The Central Government has decided that the 550thBirth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will be commemorated through a series of activities, commencing in November 2018, throughout the country and across the globe.
  • The Ministries/Departments in the country and the Indian Missions abroad will organise various activities as part of the celebrations.
The important of the programme:
  • Commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released by the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Department of Posts.
  • Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak spent much of his life, will be developed as a heritage city, also incorporating Pind Babe Nanak Da, by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in collaboration with the State Government of Punjab.
  • Ministry of Railways will upgrade Sultanpur Lodhi railway station with modern amenities.
  • A National Institute of Inter Faith Studies will be set up by Ministry of Human Resource Development in Punjab for which the State Government will provide land free of cost.
  • Ministry of Electronic and IT will install a high powered telescope in India for the devotees to view Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan. 
  • Chair on Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will be set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Developmentin one University each in UK and Canada.
  • An International seminar on the life and teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji will be organised in New Delhi by Ministry of Culture.
  • States/UTs will also be requested to celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji in a befitting manner. Ministry of Culture will work with the State Governments for this.
  • Ministry of Railways will run a train passing through places associated with Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
  • Educational activities such as seminars, workshops, lectures, etc. shall be organised throughout the country by Ministry of Human Resource Development in association with SGPC.
  • Publication of Gurbani in different Indian languages will be made by National Book Trust (NBT), Ministry of Human Resource Development. 
  • UNESCO will be requested to translate and publish anthology of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s writings in world languages.
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