In connection with the tercentenary of the Khalsa in 1999 the Institute took up a major project of locating, cataloguing and photographing the relics connected with the Sikh Gurus, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and other historic personalities. Based on these relics the Institute has published eight pictorial books in two phases. In the first phase four pictorial books were published and launched in the Rashtrapati Bhawan. A set of another four pictorial books in the series has been completed recently.
The Institute also published four books on Classical Punjabi Literature - Heer Waris Shah, Sohni Mahiwal, Bulle Shah and Baba Farid, both in Devnagri and Gurmukhi script. As a result of initiative taken by the team of the Institute some of the relics of the Sikh Gurus were conserved with the help of INTACH.
After their return from the INTACH Conservation Lab, Lucknow, these relics were displayed in the Library of Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan and other places in the capital. The second set of Institute’s publications –`Delhi Sikh Shrines’, `Gurdwaras in India and Pakistan’, `Sikh Wedding’ and `Forts Palaces and Havelis of Panjab’ were presented to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India during Guru Nanak Devji’s birthday celebration in the Rashtrapati Bhawan on November 26, 2004.
In connection with the quadricentenary of the compilation of Guru Granth Sahib the Institute is working for conservation of rare Guru Granth Sahib Birs lying in various private families, universities, archives and museums in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, England and France.
An Oral History Cell has been established at the Institute to record interviews of those who have played important role in shaping the course of events of the history of Panjab. Special efforts are being made to record and preserve the memoirs of literary personalities and freedom fighters.
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