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November 19, 2018

Series of Activities Planned to mark 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak

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New Delhi, November 19, 2018 — The year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, 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 of India 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, for Commemoration of 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak, in the country and abroad, in a befitting manner.

The Central Government has decided that the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak 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 organize various activities as part of the celebrations.

Following are the highlights of the programme:

The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, and Department of Posts will release commemorative coin and postage stamps.

Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak spent much of his life, will be developed as a heritage city 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 will be set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in one University each in UK and Canada.

An International seminar on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak will be organized in New Delhi by the Ministry of Culture.

States/UTs will also be requested to celebrate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak in a befitting manner. Ministry of Culture will work with the State Governments for this.

The Indian Missions abroad shall organize a series of activities as part of the celebrations.

Ministry of Railways will run a train passing through places associated with Shri Guru Nanak Dev.

Religious activities like Kirtan, Katha, Prabhat Pheri, and Langar, will be organized throughout the year both at the national and international level. SGPC will draw a calendar of activities and execute it.

Educational activities such as seminars, workshops, and lectures shall be organized throughout the country by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in association with SGPC.

Doordarshan will arrange live telecast programme on Guru Nanak and the Gurubani. Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariats will be requested to consider telecasting the same through Rajya Sabha TV and Lok Sabha TV respectively.

The National Book Trust (NBT), Ministry of Human Resource Development will publish Gurbani in different Indian languages.

UNESCO will be requested to translate and publish an anthology of Guru Nanak’s writings in world languages.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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