SGPC Introduces QR Codes on Sri Guru Granth Sahib ‘Saroops’ to Enhance Authentication

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a groundbreaking move aimed at modernizing and enhancing transparency, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has announced the introduction of Quick Response (QR) codes on Sri Guru Granth Sahib ‘saroops’, marking a significant milestone in Sikh religious practices.

The decision was made during an executive body meeting chaired by SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami. It was unanimously agreed that every holy ‘saroop’ printed by the SGPC will now feature QR coding, enabling the registration of their count, authentication, and other pertinent information. President Dhami emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating that efforts will be made to extend this feature to all holy saroops currently housed in various Gurdwaras and within the homes of the sangat.

The implementation of QR codes not only ensures the accurate documentation of sacred texts but also provides a modern solution for maintaining their sanctity and authenticity. This technological advancement aligns with the SGPC’s commitment to upholding the reverence and integrity of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

In addition to the QR code initiative, the executive body discussed strategies for commemorating upcoming centenaries related to Sikh history and made several other significant decisions.

One such decision concerns the foreign leave entitlement for SGPC employees and those working within its affiliated institutions. It was determined that employees can avail a maximum foreign leave of two years throughout their entire service tenure, a move aimed at balancing professional commitments with personal pursuits.

Furthermore, the SGPC announced plans for the construction of a substantial building for the Nishchay Civil Services Training Academy in Chandigarh. This academy, operated by the SGPC, plays a vital role in preparing Sikh youth for competitive exams such as the UPSC and PCS. The new building, to be situated at Gurdwara Sahib Bagh Shaheedan in Sector 44, Chandigarh, underscores the SGPC’s dedication to empowering the Sikh community through education and training initiatives.

These decisions reflect the SGPC’s proactive approach to addressing contemporary challenges while upholding the timeless values and traditions of Sikhism. By embracing technological innovations and investing in educational infrastructure, the SGPC continues to chart a path towards a more inclusive and empowered Sikh society.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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