Baba Iqbal Singh Ji
Qualification: M.Sc. Agriculture, Retd. Director of Agriculture, Government of Himachal Pradesh
Taking over charge of The Kalgidhar Society in 1965 after his mentor and guide, Sant Teja Singh (MA, LLB, and A.M. Harvard) passed away. Baba Iqbal Singh after retiring in 1987 operationalise the mission of “Combining modern education with faith to produce good global citizen”. He started a one room school in 1986 with only five students which today is a chain of 129 Akal Academies (Schools following CBSE Curriculum English Medium schools), two full-fledged Multi-Disciplinary state of art Private Universities benefitting around 60000 rural students. These institution are in deep rural hearts of North India “away from urbanisation”. Imparting Value based Education to rural marginalised children who otherwise are exposed to menace of drugs and alcohol abuse in rural North India.
Furthering the cause of woman empowerment in the rural areas by setting of educational institutes dedicated to woman, teachers training programmes and employment centres within the villages. Today more than 2000 rural girl have been imparted free teachers training and inducted into own schools and worthy teachers.
With millions of beneficiary’s volunteers world-wide, Baba Iqbal Singh has been working relentlessly in the direction of imparting education in the rural marginalised areas of North India. He believes that rural children are getting drifted away from the main stream and cannot really contribute much to the national growth, hence the drive to “Educate, Enshrine, and Empower”. These large masses is the need of the hour.
So much so in 2012. Babaji was rated as the most powerful non-political Sikh in the world by the “Top Sikh 100” organisation in UK. In 2014 he was awarded a citation from New York State assemble as an exceptional individual, one which is worthy of esteem of USA and great state of New York for fostering tolerance, for people of all races and cultures.