Dr Jaspal Singh, Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala, today said the Nirkut Project, underway to trace the historical evolution of every single word used in Guru Granth Sahib, will be a path breaking achievement for the Patiala University that is providing assistance to the Dr Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra, here. “The scholars have already completed work on five volumes and they will compile 20 volumes in total. Since the work is ambitious we have not set any deadline for the completion of the project,” he said. He was speaking at a seminar on the subject of ‘Shabad-Guru’ dedicated to the tercentenary of Guru Granth Sahib’s coronation held at the Punjabi University.Singh said to mark the tercentenary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib the University had decided to organise a series of seminars at all the 12 centres. “The Patiala University is also spearheading a pioneer project on Guru Granth Sahib. Scholars are now engaged in the compilation of monographs on the different aspects of Guru Granth Sahib that would be completed by the end of July,” he said. Drawing a clear distinction between Shabad and Vani, Dr Harbajan Singh said both have enriched the Guru Granth Sahib. While shabad exists in the form of bhaav, vani is voice or vachans of the Gurus that can be compiled in the Granth form. He said Guru Granth Sahib is the highest form of divine expression combining the power of Shabad and Vani. “While all languages have one bhav (meaning), Vani can be both good and bad but its exalted form is Gurubani,” said Dr Harbajan Singh while presenting his paper on Shabad and Vani at a seminar. In her paper, Dr Jaspal Kaur of Dehradun Kendra shed light on some of the historical sikh sources on the importance and evolution of Guru Granth Sahib. She said one is a non-Sikh if he does not study Guru Granth Sahib. “In the 18th century, the Sikh community went through terrible times for their faith in Granth Sahib,” she said. On the other hand, Dr Daljeet also attached with Dehradun Kendra while presenting paper on Shri Guru Granth Sahib said the sikh values continue to guide the society. “Guru Granth Sahib speaks about selfless service without worrying about the fruits. One has to repose faith in the Guru and not bother about the rewards. “Guru Har Rai, the seventh Guru, held a free dispensary for the poor such acts of piety need to be emulated by the common people,” he said. At the end of the seminar Mohinder Kaur honorary director of Punjabi University, Dr Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra said the centre observed the centenary in a novel way by organising a feast of Shabad and Sangeet. Earlier, Guru Granth Sahib Ka Raag Parv was also held where renowned artistes like Roopinder Kaur (vocal), Gursharan Singh (sitar) Rajiv Marathe (vocal) and Ajit Singh (veena) presented a soothing performance.