The Guru Nanak International Educational Trust was established in 1996 and has the objective of providing education and financial support to less fortunate children. The Trust places emphasis on the importance of education and using education to break the poverty cycle often found in poor communities.
The Trust operates in Britain and India and has opened Bhai Baaz Singh School in Ludhiana which has over 600 students and the Trust also supplements the Elementary Public School in Ajowal, Hoshiarpur.
Lord Sheikh notes that the work Mr Ranjit Singh OBE, Chairman of Guru Nanak International Educational Trust, undertakes is to be very much appreciated. Mr Ranjit Singh OBE also founded and is the Chairman of the Sikh Forum International which is a robust organisation undertaking inter alia, charitable and educational activities. Lord Sheikh is a Patron of the Sikh Forum International.
The Trust has achieved remarkable results for children and their families. Lord Sheikh is very much supportive of what Mr Ranjit Singh OBE does to help the community and especially the furthering of children’s education. Lord Sheikh has an academic background himself and therefore places a great deal of importance on educational activities. In fact, his coat of arms reflects these values.
Purnima Raval was was the first Hindu woman Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police Force. Purnima has adopted Lord Sheikh as a brother and every year she ties rakhi which is a thread around Lord Sheikh’s wrist to signify the adoption of a brother. This is a very old Indian tradition of great significance.
Lord and Lady Sheikh visited the West Hendon Community Centre in North London and were met by the trustees and the committee Dr Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon was also present.
Lord Sheikh was most impressed by what the mosque was undertaking and continue to undertake for the Muslims and other communities in their area. He also commended the trustees on their dedication in furthering the cause of Islam.
Lord and Lady Sheikh was very pleased to meet the children from the Aiysha school and they did notice that the children were confident and were able to interact with them and answer the questions which were posed. They commended the headmistress and the teachers at the school for what they have done and continue to do.
Lord Sheikh spoke at a Conference organised by the London School of Business and Finance on the subject of Islamic finance. Lord Sheikh gave an overview of the Islamic finance market of the UK and overseas and talked about the phenomenal growth in Islamic finance worldwide.
He also emphasised the importance of the United Kingdom in the Islamic finance market and mentioned the fact that there is a great deal of expertise and knowledge in this country and urged the foreign delegates to consider utilising these services to develop and expand Islamic finance in their respective countries.
An event was organised by the India International Foundation to welcome His Excellency Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, the High Commissioner of India as a patron of the India International Foundation. Lord Sheikh was asked to speak at this event.