Giani Inderjeet Kaur: Long-serving Punjabi principal passes away

| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 7 Feb 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Giani Inderjeet Kaur (1930-2017), Sentul

Giani Inderjeet Kaur, the Punjabi school principal for some three decades and wife of the respected Sentul granthi Giani Indar Singh Gill, passed away yesterday. She was 87.

Inderjeet taught Punjabi for 45 years from the 1950s and took on the role as headmistress for about 30 years at Guru Nanak Punjabi School, Sentul. She was truly a beacon for the championing of the Punjabi language in Malaysia.

She held the record for producing the highest number of distinctions in Punjabi at Form 5 level, equivalent to the O-Levels, during her tenure.

“She supported the conduct of Budhimani and Gyani courses which were awarded from Punjab University. Much before people heard of foreign degrees and twinning,” her son Harwindar Singh Gill tells Asia Samachar.

Harwindar, who is himself now in the teaching line, was a former jathedar of Sikh Naujawan Sabha Malaysia (SNSM).

Among others, she had received awards in recognition of her services from the Khalsa Diwan Malaysia (KDM) and Sant Sohan Singh Ji Melaka Memorial Society Vidyala.

“Gurfateh Ji. As per Waheguru Ji’s hukam, my Mataji passed away today 6th February 2017 having completed her life journey to return to the loving arms and Grace of Guru Nanak,” read a message from Harwindar.

Her husband, the late Giani Indar, served at Gurdwara Sahib Sentul for many years, was described by one Asia Samachar reader in these words: “A most learned Kathakaar who could hold the sanggat spell-bound with his sermons on Gurbani and Gur-ithiyaas. This talent was passed on to his son Harwindar Singh Gill.”

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Giani Inderjeet Kaur (1930-2017)

Born: 5 March 1930

Deceased: 6 Feb 2017

Cortege Timing: Cortege will leave from Gurdwara Sahib Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, on 8 Feb 2017 (Wednesday) at 11.30am for saskaar (cremation) at Loke Yew Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur.

Path Da Bhog: 12 Feb 2017 (Sun) at at Gurdwara Sahib Sentul


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  1. Teja Singh went to Bombay in 1945 to take over as Principal, Khalsa College, an institution he was to serve till 1948 when he became Secretary, Publication Bureau, Panjab University, Shimla. In 1949 he was appointed Principal, Mahendra College, Patiala, and Director, Punjabi Department, Punjab.

  2. “Gianan Bhenji” as she was fondly called, was truly a most dignified and knowledgable lady… she was an icon as far as Teaching Punjabi was concerned. May Waheguru Ji Bless Her Soul??