Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
(Registered under Indian Trusts Act of 1882 in the Office of Registrar Ludhiana vide registration No 88 of register 9 vol 4 page 52)
First half of the twentieth century spans the years of strife for the world in general and India in particular. The world faced two world wars and India struggled for its independence. In India Sikhs fought on two fronts: Freedom of the country and deterioration of Sikh principles and values which have crept in due to influence and inherited practices of Indian Social structure.
In this scenario, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh (1878-1961) emerged as a Reformer, an Educationist, a Freedom Fighter and a Writer. He participated in the Ghadar Movement of 1915-16. Bhai Sahib was arrested on May 9, 1915, prosecuted in the Supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case (1915-16) and was sentenced to “transportation for life and confiscation of the property”.
Bhai Sahib was released on October 4, 1930 but his agricultural land remained confiscated until 1950. Bhai Sahib did not seek any honour or pension from the Indian Government as a freedom fighter. Immaculately dressed in the traditional Khalsa style, Bhai Sahib was a Singh of high spiritual morale. Although much respected religiously, Bhai Sahib did not establish any dera or institution, as was the case with other such people. In fact, Bhai Sahib was an institution in himself. Anybody who came in contact with him would become his friend. Bhai Sahib was a highly respected religious person largely known for performing Nirban Kirtan over long hours and his writings on Gurmat ethos and values.
At the time of Bhai Sahib's Birth centenary in 1978, Bhai Balbir Singh, the son of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji created the Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust. The Trust was registered in the Office of Registrar Ludhiana. The following were appointed trustees:
Creator of Trust and Secretary: Sardar Balbir Singh, son of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh, 126 Model Town, Ludhiana
President: Babu Mal Singh, son of Sardar Kahan Singh, Babu Mal Singh Street, Palasaur Road, Taran Taran, District Amritsar
Vice-President: Dr. Darshan Singh, son of Sardar Sher Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana.
Member: Dr. Beant Singh, son Sardar Dharam Singh, 55-C, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi 110001.
Member: Dr. Harinder Singh, son of Sardar Mohinder Singh, Mathematics Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
Member: Sardar Dial Singh, son of Sardar Chuhar Singh, 791 Gurdev Nagar, Ludhiana.
In 1988 the Trust was allotted a plot measuring 8900 square yards in F- Block, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar Ludhiana for constructing ‘Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Bhawan’. The construction of Bhawan was started. The main three-story building was completed with the contributions from sangat. Professor Uday Singh was one of the main contributors of the project.
Activities of The Trust
The Bhawan became functional with the establishment of Gurdwara Gurmat Sanchar in 1996. The Trust started publishing the writings of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji in 1985. It also publishes books by other authors on Gurmat and History. All the trustees work in an honorary capacity. The two sons of Bhai Balbir Singh, Bhai Manjit Singh and Bhai Kuldeep Singh, actively helped Bhai Balbir Singh in the activities of Trust. Bhai Manjit Singh, as Secretary of the Trust during 2001-2012. Bhai Kuldeep Singh is presently serving as the Manager of the Trust.
Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Academy
Bhai Manjit Singh (the son of Bhai Balbir Singh) was appointed the Secretary of the Trust on the demise of Bhai Balbir Singh in 2001. Bhai Manjit Singh took the initiative of establishing a School to educate children at a minimal cost without compromising the standards. The Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Academy was established in 2002. Bhai Manjit Singh worked tirelessly to put the Academy on a firm footing and secured the affiliation with CBSE New Delhi. The Academy is an English medium Senior Secondary School. The Acedemy makes a spirited effort to provide resources to train the students to perform kirtan and recite path from the words (ਲੜੀਵਾਰ) in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
The Trust, in collaboration with the Akhand Kirtani Jatha, celebrates the birthday of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji annually on July 7th.
Since our founding in 1978 by Bhai Balbir Singh, the Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust has been making the important connections between individuals’ personal memories, Bhai Sahib’s life’s work, and the fulfillment of their charitable and educational goal.
With the help of contributors, we help create permanent charitable funds that ensure that people of vision have an enduring impact on our community and the causes we hold dear. Our motto - “Be the One” -- reflects our deeply held belief that we all have a philanthropist in us who wants to give back to our community, regardless of means.
Areas of Impact
Three areas of impact -- Education for all, Literature, and Seva (Service) -- guide our work to unite people and organizations to create opportunities for children and their families across generations to improve their lives through cultural, educational, and social support.
It is this mosaic of donors, nonprofits, professional advisors, and community members that drives and empowers our mission to create lasting impact through charitable giving in our shared community.
Our Core Values
We are dedicated to our causes and our community of givers and volunteers keeps us motivated and inspired to our core cause of Seva (Service). We live it though our core values:
Enabling others to succeed by leveraging our influence, support, and encouragement
Embracing the perspectives and participation of our community in all we do
Caring for citizens of our communities across the globe
Managing the assets entrusted to us in a careful and responsible manner for the benefit of all we serve and generations to come
Ensuring the highest ethical standards in all we do
Taking the lead to serve the underserved especially in field of Education and Social Upliftment.