The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will hold its annual general house session on November 29 to elect new officers.
The decision was taken at the SGPC executive committee meeting chaired by its chief Bibi Jagir Kaur in Chandigarh on Saturday.
The General House will elect the President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, General Secretary and members of the Executive Committee at Teja Singh Samundari Hall, Amritsar.
According to Sikh Gurdwaras law, the chairman of the SGPC and other officers are elected in November of each year, and it is necessary to announce the date of the election 21 days in advance.
Disclosing the other important decisions taken at the meeting, Bibi Jagir Kaur said that an institution dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the birth of Guru Teg Bahadur would be established in Tarn Taran to provide free education to 200 Sikh girls.
“Needy and bright Sikh girls from the Majha region would be admitted to this institution and similarly 200 Sikh girls would receive free education at Mata Gujri Ji College in Kartarpur,” she said.
The SGPC already offers free education to 200 Sikh girls at Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College at Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in the Malwa region, most of whom are from Jammu and Kashmir. The SGPC would also provide a home and food for the girls.
The head of the SGPC announced ??1 lakh each to the families of three women farmers who were recently killed after being run over by a dump truck at the Tikri border and ??50,000 each to those injured in the crash.
She said the executive committee also approved the portrait exhibition of former SGPC secretary general Jathedar Kuldeep Singh Wadala at the Central Sikh Museum.
Printing press to be installed in Canada
The SGPC president said that a printing press would be set up in Canada to print the holy scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib. A GSTP delegation sent to Canada submitted its report, according to which the process of setting up a press would begin shortly. The SGPC delegation held meetings with more than 70 gurdwara management committees in Canada, she said.
After analyzing the opinions of each of the committees, a place would be finalized for the establishment of the printing industry in Canada. The land and other facilities have been offered to the press at four locations across Canada, and the final decision will be made after consultation with Akal Takht jathedar. After Canada, efforts will be made to print Guru Granth Sahib in Europe, Australia and the United States, she added.