Encyclopedia of Sikh Literature: Punjab University has yet to correct errors in ‘Mahan Kosh’ : The Tribune India
Patiala, March 23
After the University of Punjabi banned all copies of “Mahan Kosh” produced by its publication office in March 2019, the university has not yet made any progress in carrying out the work of correcting and reprinting the encyclopedia of sikh literature. Not only the lack of experts, but also the lack of funds has delayed progress.
The “Mahan Kosh”, known as “Guru Shabad Ratnakar Mahan Kosh”, is considered the greatest work of Punjabi literature. It was written by Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha and first published in 1927. The university’s publishing office and the Punjabi Language Development Department later reprinted the copies. After that, a number of errors were identified by researchers in 2016. In March 2019, a committee formed after errors were identified decided to delete all of its volumes.
Professor Arvind, Vice Chancellor of the University of Punjabi, said today: “We used to face a shortage of experts with knowledge in the fields of English, Punjabi and Gurbani. The university also faces a lack of funds. If the state government had given us grants to the tune of Rs 150 crore, many of our works would have been streamlined. The work of ‘Mahan Kosh’ is one of them.
He said: “The university has now brought in a number of experts. We are able to start the remediation work soon. We are in contact with a number of experts from all languages and Gurbani. Work could start in June. It will be announced soon. »
All Discarded Volumes
The university’s Publications Office and Department of Punjabi Language Development then reprinted the copies. After that, a number of errors were identified by scholars in 2016. In March 2019, a committee formed after the errors were identified decided to remove all of its volumes.