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HRD Ministry sanctions Rs 67.5 cr for Inter faith studies at GND University

Chandigarh, Sep 18 (UNI) Union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said the Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned Rs 67.75 crore for establishment of the Centre for Inter Faith Studies in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Disclosing this after a meeting with representatives of various ministries held at Delhi, to oversee implementation of action plans of various ministries for celebrating the 550th Parkash Purab celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the Union minister said the officials of the HRD ministry briefed her that Rs 67.75 crore would be sanctioned in the first phase of the project.
She said the HRD ministry had been asked to communicate the timeline for disbursing the grant and schedule for inaugural ceremony of the Inter Faith Studies Centre.
Ms Badal further said that the University Of Birmingham, United Kingdom had agreed to set up a chair on Guru Nanak Dev and provide funding for 85 per cent of the project cost.
The Ministry of External Affairs was also in the process of finalising University at Canada for the same purpose and that talks were on with Concordia University, Montreal.
Ms Badal suggested that University Grants Commission (UGC) could mobilise other universities, government or private, for holding commemorative events in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Nanded.
She further suggested that possibilities may be explored for holding a seminar in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi with the combined efforts of Guru Nanak Dev University, SGPC and the HRD ministry.
Ms Badal revealed that the Northern Railway would complete the construction work of a museum or auditorium by middle of October 2019 and the same may be used for displays, cut-outs, and screening of documentaries.
The Union minister further revealed that an international level seminar on Guru Nanak Dev was proposed in the month of February 2020 wherein 550 scholars from all over the globe would be invited.
She disclosed that 100 seminars were planned across the country and that a mobile digital exhibition would also be taken held in major cities.
Ms Badal stated that the MEA apprised her that it was coordinating to organise digital projections on iconic buildings in countries like UAE, US, UK, Germany, Italy, Thailand and France.
Kirtan Darbars were also being organised at various missions abroad, she added.
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