The Times of India – SGPC panel to inquire into errors of Mahankosh

Bharat Khanna

Patiala, 29 May 2017. Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday formed a four member committee to inquire into the errors found in Mahankosh, the encyclopaedia of Sikhs, and its bulk publication by Punjabi University.

“The committee is formed to inquire into the entire matter including the recent decision of the university to stall its sale and then revoking it the next day. SGPC will file a case in high court if errors are found in the copies printed by the university.

We will also probe that why the copies were published in bulk and who were the committee members to rectify the publication by university,” SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badunagar said.

The committee comprises scholars like Chamkaur Singh, Prabhjot Kaur, Amarinder Singh and SGPC secretary Avtar Singh, under whom the committee will coordinate. It will analyse the volumes of Mahankosh published in Punjabi, English and Hindi languages.SGPC has already purchased copies of each volume published in all the three languages.

Last week, TOI had highlighted that thousands of copies of Mahankosh, a reference book, were published in one go by the publication department of the Punjabi University. The university usually print not more than 550 copies of its own reference books in one go.

Sources revealed that out of more than 20,000 copies (5000 of each volume) printed in Punjabi by the university, only 747 copies of Mahankosh have been sold in last 13 years.

The university printed around 5000 copies of each of four volumes in Punjabi language, 1100 copies in English whereas in Hindi the university printed 550 copies of only the first volume.

The university received state grant of Rs 40 lakh each in 2002 and 2006 for publication of Mahankosh while in 2011 the Punjabi university decided to spend Rs 60 lakh on printing of copies in Hindi language.

The university provide Mahankosh at Rs 1350 after 50 per cent concession whereas the one being provided by the Punjabi language department is available for only Rs 375.


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