Ludhiana– For his contribution towards Punjabi language and culture, the Punjabi Sahit Academy today awarded a fellowship to noted Punjabi writer Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill at a function held at Punjabi Bhawan, here. This fellowship was awarded by Former Union Minister Dr Manohar Singh Gill, who was the chief guest on the occasion, Padma Shri and Chairman Punjab Arts Council Dr Surjit Patar, former vice-chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar Dr SP Singh, former vice-chancellor Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana Dr Manjit Singh Kang, former vice-chancellor Guru Kashi University Dr NS Malhi, Punjabi Sahit Akademi President & General Secretary Dr Sukhdev Singh Sirsa and Dr Surjit Singh, respectively, besides several others.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier Prof Gill was awarded fellowship by Punjabi University, Patiala for a project named “Kheti-Bari Lok Dhara” that is related to agriculture folklore as well as the Shiromani Sahitkar Award by Punjab Government. Thanking the Punjabi Sahit Academy for this prestigious honour, Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill while speaking on the occasion said that he has always worked wholeheartedly for the promotion of Punjabi language and culture on all forums, whether national or international. He said that he is thankful to Punjabi Sahit Academy for honouring him with such a prestigious honour.
Dr Manohar Singh Gill congratulated Prof Gill for this prestigious honour and said that one should always serve his or her mother tongue on all platforms in life. Dr Surjit Patar said that Prof Gurbhajan Singh Gill is one of the very few poets of Punjabi language who highlight the plight of common man, environment and social evils through his writings.