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Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD
Honored by the Gurdwara Sahib Greater Montreal

DDO, Montreal, Canada, 2013 April 28

On behalf of the Sikh Sangat of Montreal S. Gurdeep Singh Sohal, President of Gurdwara Sahib Greater Montreal, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada honored Prof Devinder Singh Chahal, PhD, (retired professor of microbiology, Universite du Quebec) for his services to the Sikh community over a sustained period of time on Sunday April 28, 2013.

L-R Prof DS Chahal, S Gurdeep Singh Sohal and Prof Harjeet Singh Bhabra Prof Devinder Singh Chahal

On this occasion Prof Chahal spoke about the International Mother Earth Day, which was celebrated on April 22. It was John McConnell, a peace activist, who first proposed to celebrate Earth Day on March 21, 1969. Subsequently, US Senator Gaylord Nelson suggested the day be changed to April 22 in 1970. However, Prof Chahal pointed out that recognizing our planet as Mother Earth can be traced back to Guru Nanak's philosophy promulgated by him in the 15th century. Guru Nanak's acknowledgement of Earth as Mata Dharat Mahat (Earth - The Great Mother) 500 years before such awareness and recognition in modern times demonstrates the richness of Sikh philosophical thought. In fact, Guru Nanak declared the importance of air as GURU, water as Father and EARTH as MOTHER; and days and night as male and female NURSES:

In 2009, April 22 was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations. "There are many such principles of Nanakian Philosophy which have all the characteristics of universal acceptability. Prof Chahal in collaboration with his team of researchers is trying to make Nanakian Philosophy easily accessible to the humanity", said Prof Harjeet Bhabra.

L-R Prof DS Chahal, S Gurdeep Singh Sohal and Prof Harjeet Singh Bhabra Left to Right:
Prof DS Chahal,
S Gurdeep Singh Sohal and
Prof Harjeet Singh Bhabra

Prof Bhabra, Associate Dean at Concordia University, Montreal, felicitated Prof Chahal for his contributions to the Sikh community. He said that there are various types of services that individuals have provided to the Sikh community but Prof Chahal's contributions relating to preaching of Sikhi (Sikhism), especially Nanakian Philosophy, to humanity, is noteworthy since his approach shows the consistency of Sikh Philosophy with scientific knowledge and logic. He is the founder and President of the Institute for Understanding Sikhism (IUS) and also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Understanding Sikhism - The Research Journal. The journal was launched in 1999 and was available in print form until 2011. It is now published online annually at and is available without any charge. This web site is maintained by Dr Parminder Singh Chahal.

Prof Chahal has prepared thirteen (13) DVDs, about 45 minutes each, on 'Discussion on Sikhism' in collaboration with Jafry Communications, Toronto. These were broadcasted twice on the Sikh Virsa TV Program at OMNI 2, Winnipeg, Manitoba from January to March 2008. The series is being presently broadcast through various ethnic TV programs in Canada and USA and has been very well received.

He has published more than 100 research articles explaining Gurbani and Sikhism scientifically and logically in various journals. He has also authored four books on Guru Nanak's Philosophy, which have been published by the IUS.

As President, in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the Institute for Understanding Sikhism (IUS), he has organized twelve (12) National and International Conferences in Canada, USA and India.

He was also honored by Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, Member, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, for holding an International Conference on Philosophy and Teachings of the Aad Guru Granth Sahib in 2004 on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of Compilation of the Aad Guru Granth Sahib.