IUS Seminar Series 2008


Civic Center Main Reception Hall,
Civic Center,
12001 boul. de Salaberry,
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc. H9B 2A7

Contact Prof Devinder Singh Chahal at 450-681-1254

9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Admission: FREE



The year 2008 is very auspicious for the Sikhs since during this year the 300th anniversary of GURGADI DIVAS is being celebrated all over the word. The IUS has been invited to present papers at the two great International Conferences: The International Interfaith Conference, to be held by the Takht Sach-Khand Sri Hazur Abchalnagar Sahib at Nander, Maharashtra, on September 25-28, 2008 and Relevance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib and Contributions of Guru Gobind Singh, to be held by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar with collaboration of Mumbai University, at Mumbai on October 1-2, 2008.

This year is also very auspicious for the Institute for Understanding Sikhism (IUS) since it is completing its ten years of study of Gurbani and Sikhism with special reference to Nanakian Philosophy embodied in the Bani of Guru Nanak incorporated in the Aad Guru Granth Sahib. The IUS is celebrating this occasion by holding two seminars: One at Kitchener, Ontario with collaboration of Golden Triangle Sikh Association on September 13, 2008, the second one is being held in Dollard des Ormeaux (DDO) near Montreal, Quebec on September 20, 2008.

Achievements of the IUS during the last 10 years are listed as follows:

Previous Seminars held by the IUS

2004 Philosophy and Teachings of the Aad Guru Granth Sahib
2003 Doctrine of Guru Nanak in JAP.
2002 Sabd Guru, Conscience and Consciousness.
2001 GURDWARA: History, Meaning and Functions of Gurdwara.

Proceedings of all the previous seminars are available in print as well as online on website:

Seminar Program

9:00 AM Registration
9:30 AM Welcome by Prof Harjeet Singh Bhabra (in English)
9:35 AM Welcome by Dr Jit Arora (in French)
9:40 AM Achievements of the IUS by Dr Parminder Singh Chahal
9:50 AM Inaugural Address by Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, President, IUS
Session 1  10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
10:00 AM The 300th Gurgadi Divas
Prof Harjeet Singh Bhabra, PhD, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal.
10:30 AM Guru Maneo Granth
Gurdev Singh Sangha, PhD Candidate, Punjabi University, Patiala. President, Sikh Social and Educational Society of Ontario.
11:40 AM Aad Guru Granth Sahib
Gurcharan Singh Bhatia. Retired Superintendent, Government Union Territory, Chandigarh, now Secretary, IUS, Laval, Quebec.
12:20 PM Guru in Sikhism
Dr Dharam Singh, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopaedia of Sikhism and is currently Professor in the Department of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala. (Sikh Theology and Interfaith Dialogue)
 1:00 PM: Luncheon Session


During Lunch

Mystery of Naam Simran
Dr Kulbir Singh Thind, Staff Physician at VA Medical Center, San Francisco, USA. Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Member, California Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; American Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, California, USA.
Development of srigranth.org and Gurbani CD, which includes data base search engine, Gurbani Fonts, major translations of the AGGS, major Dictionaries on words in the AGGS, and other major work on Gurbani and Sikhism.
Session 2 2:00 PM to 3:20 PM
2:00 PM Sabd Guru: Interpretation, misinterpretation, implementation in life.
Dr Gurnam Singh Sanghera, MA (History), MA (Sociology), MA (Social Work), B.Ed., PhD. Surrey, BC, Canada. Retired Medical Social Worker. Patient and Family Counselor. Advisor North American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Ex-member- Canada’s Social Policy Forum for two years.
2:40 PM Promoting the Unique Significance of Guru Sabd
Prof Balbir Singh, PhD, Palo Alto, Calif. Prof of Mathematics, Editorial Board, Understanding Sikhism, Moderator of Sikh Diaspora Group Internet Discussion Group.
 3:20 PM – 3:40 PM
Session 3 3:40 PM to 5:00 PM
3:40 PM Sabd Guru; What is this Sabd
Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD, Retired Professor of Microbiology, President of IUS, Laval, Quebec, Editor-in-Chief, Understanding Sikhism, and Author of four books on Philosophy of Guru Nanak.
4:20 PM Dhur Ki Bani
Dr Avtar Singh Dhaliwal, MD (Plastic Surgeon), Tennessee, USA, Co-editor, Understanding Sikhism.
5:00 PM  Closing Remarks – Prof Devinder Singh Chahal
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
 6:30 PM

 DINNER (Same location - Civic Center, DDO).

a) Demonstration: The use and benefits of the SriGranth.org by Dr Kulbir Singh Thind.
b) Poetical symposium by Mr Pahwa and his associates.
c) Displaying of books and magazine published by the IUS
d) Displaying the painting of Guru Gobind Singh about bestowing Gurgadi Divas by Mr Dhanjal.

You may see the Program of Seminar 2008 available in pdf format

Books Published by IUS

1. Chahal, D. S. 2008. Nanakian Philosophy: Basics for Humanity. Institute for Understanding Sikhism, 4418 Martin-Plouffe, Laval, Quebec, H7W 5L9, and Singh Brothers, S.C.O. 223-24 City Centre, Amritsar – 143 006.
2. Chahal, D. S. 2005. Some Salient Principles of Sikhism. Institute for Understanding Sikhism, 4418 Martin-Plouffe, Laval, Quebec, H7W 5L9.
3. Chahal, D. S. 2004. Sabd Guru to Granth Guru – An In Depth Study. Institute for Understanding Sikhism, 4418 Martin-Plouffe, Laval, Quebec, H7W 5L9, and Singh Brothers, S.C.O. 223-24 City Centre, Amritsar – 143 006.
4. Chahal, D. S. 2003. JAP: The Essence of Nanakian Philosophy. Institute for Understanding Sikhism, 4418 Martin-Plouffe, Laval, Quebec, H7W 5L9, and Singh Brothers, S.C.O. 223-24 City Centre, Amritsar – 143 006.


Thirteen (13) DVDs, about 45 minutes each on ‘Discussion on Sikhism’, have been prepared in collaboration with Jafry Communications, Toronto. These were broadcasted twice on the Sikh Virsa TV Program at OMNI 2, Winnipeg, Manitoba during January to March 2008.

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