Punjabi Education Board Chairman’s Message

No: 100/102, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak,30100 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel.: 05-5275181
E-mail: khalsadiwan1903@gmail.com

Khalsa Diwan Malaysia is a national based organisation established in the year 1903 at Taiping, Perak. It is one of the oldest existing Indian organization in this country. On the 27th December 1903 Khalsa Diwan Malaya was established at the Gurdwara Sahib of the Malay States Guides, a para military force mainly of Sikhs to look after the religious, economic and social affairs of the Sikh community throughout Malaya. It’s mai n objecti ves are to look after the religious, economic, educational and social affairs of the Sikh community,

Since it’s inception it has played a vital role in promoting the Sikh religion, culture, Punjabi Education and attending to community matters. Over the past hundred years the organisation has organised and structured it’s activities towards creating a spiritual, social and intellectual advancement amongst the Sikh community in this country.

To promote education Khalsa Boarding School was established in the year 1910 at Kuala Kangsar, Perak. An education aid fund was established from which many students benefited. Diwan also provided financial aid and assistance in setting up of Punjabi schools in various places. In the year 1950 it purchased land and set up it’s own school, Guru Nanak Institution, at Maxwell Road in Ipoh.

In the year 2000 Punjabi Education Board (Formerly known as ‘Punjabi Education Trust Malaysia’) was set up to revive, reorganise and have a well planned structured system of Punjabi Education in Malaysia. To-date the Education Board has set up more the 50 centers throughout Malaysia, including 4 centers in Sabah and Sarawak. It is an ongoing programme. In the year 2019 there are 40 active centers operating throughout the country, with a total enrolment of 2,318 students and 251 teachers.

 To promote Sikh Religion and Culture.
 To promote and develop the learning and teaching of Punjabi Language.
 To make representations to the Government on religious, educational, cultural and community matters.
 To promote and support educational excellence amongst Sikhs.
 To associate and cooperate with any other legally constituted bodies, the aims and objectives of which are not inconsistent with the aims of the Diwan.

Promote Sikh Religion and Culture.
 Organise religious activities / seminars/ centennial celebrations.
 Engage Preachers and Scholars.
 Promote Sikh Religion and disseminate knowledge on Sikh history, religious principles and moral values to the youths vide Punjabi Education Centers.
Promote Punjabi Language and literature.
 The management, planning, implementation and coordination of the of the project from the headquarters (KDM’s Office) in Ipoh
 Set up and supervise centers for teaching of Punjabi Language in Malaysia.
 Produce text books and semester examination papers for these centers…
 Prepare students for PT3 and SPM Punjabi Language paper.
 Conduct teacher’s training courses for teachers, teaching in these centers.
 Make representation to Government on Sikh Religious, Cultural and Education matters pertaining to Punjabi language.
 Organise projects for development of Punjabi Language in Malaysia.
 Organise Seminars, sports, cultural activities and motivational talks for students in these centers.
 It also produces annually a National Calendar and a Magazine comprising the activities and information about Punjabi Education centers in Malaysia.
Provide financial assistance to needy families or individuals and students.
 Financial aid to needy families or individuals.
 Financial aid to students and interest free loans for tertiary Education.
 Diwan is also one of the pioneer member of the Malaysian Sikhs Education Aid Fund society and the founder member of Perak Sikhs Education Aid Fund
Attend to social or other community problems.
 Make representation to the Government on religious, Cultural or other community matters.
 Diwan is one of the founder members of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism Sikhism and Taoism.
 Organises activities to promote goodwill and fellowship with other communities in Malaysia.
 A secretariat at Diwan’s headquarters, Guru Nanak Institution Ipoh assist and attends to the community problems.

Future Plan
Diwan intends to upgrade and improve it’s facilities in order to implement its objectives more effectively and provide a better an effective service to the entire community.

Sardar Gurnam Singh Dhillon.