CHICAGO’s Eighth Annual “Punjabi Youth Graduation
& Scholarship Awards Night”
Singh and Harleen Kaur Saini win PCS Chicago Scholarships
Dr. Hardarshan Singh Valia an inspiring Key Note speaker
Chicago, June 20, 2008
Rajinder Singh Mago
Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) organized its eighth
annual “Punjabi Youth Graduation and Scholarship Awards Night”
on Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Vice Roy of India Banquet Hall in Lombard,
Illinois. More than 300 attended. The chief guest was Mr. Rohit
Shah of American Family Insurance.
The celebration included recognition awards, scholarships, key
note address, delicious Indian cuisine, DJ music, dancing and networking.
The participants of “Rangla Punjab 2008” were also awarded.
The party was free for the graduates and Rangla Punjab participants.
The scholarship winners among the applicants were determined by
an independent panel of judges according to the marking criteria
established by P.C.S.
P.C.S. $1000 scholarship this year was awarded to Navjot Singh
of Mundelein High School. Navjot won for being a distinguished high
school team basketball player in the State coupled with his high
The $750 scholarship went to Harleen Kaur Saini of Palatine High
School for her high scholastic grades and participation in cultural
activities in Indian & Asian American events and community service.
The scholarships were presented by Harinder Singh, President of
Management and Information Technology Solutions, Inc. (M.I.T.S.).
The Key Note Speaker for the evening was Dr. Hardarshan
Singh Valia, a highly acclaimed scientist, recognized worldwide
for his work in geology, and President of Coal Science Inc., based
in Highland Indiana. Dr. Valia made an enjoyable but inspiring presentation
for the young graduates. He presented pictures of and talked about
several Sikh youth in America who have achieved excellence in non-traditional
fields (i.e. other than doctor/engineer) while maintaining their
cultural heritage and Sikh appearance. The list included a Hollywood
movies actor, a Kenneth Cole model, a movie maker, and college basketball
and football players. “You can be whatever you set your mind
to be, sky is the limit if you believe in yourselves, are persistent
and work hard,” Dr. Valia advised the young graduates. Dr.
Valia was honored by PCS and a plaque of honor was presented to
him by the chief guest. Rohit Shah.
The PCS Chicago recognition certificates were presented to the
graduates by Dr. Rimpy Kular a neurology research
scientist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago.
Professor Jaginder Singh Ramdev (Retired, Panjab
University Chandigarh India), a librarian, an author, and a historian
also addressed the graduates and the scholarship winners. “You
should live by your choices, and not by chances, but you must understand
that you will have to live with the choices you make,” said
All the performing artists of "Rangla Punjab 2008" a
Vaisakhi cultural show were given awards for their hard work, participation,
and excellent performances. The awards were presented by Lovedeep
Singh Dulat, Jasmair Kaur Kular, Amolak Singh Gidda, Gurmeet Singh
Saini, Dr. Hargurmukhpal Singh, Dr. Navdeep Kaur Sandhu, and Harcharan
The sponsors and the organizing team members and volunteers were
also honored with plaques.
The graduates and the other attendees enjoyed the party with delicious
food, DJ music and live dhol. The dance floor was jam packed with
young Bhangra lovers till late into the evening.
"The purpose of this program is to promote higher education
among our next generation in a fun environment," said Amarjit
Kaur Atwal P.C.S. president.
PCS Scholarships and the Graduation Night celebration was Sponsored
by American Family Insurance, Morgan Stanley, Western Union, The
Chawla Group Ltd., Kohl's, Dr. Surjit S. Patheja, Dr. Robert Singh,
Dr. Gurbachan S. Kapoor, W.W. Grainger, Inc., Harinder Singh –
MITS, Punjabimatrimony.com, Viceroy of India Banquets and many other
The program was organized by Sunny Singh Kular, Baljit Singh Sidhu,
Ronny Singh Kular, Amarjit Kaur Atwal, Balwinder Singh Girn, Onkar
Singh Sangha, Parminder Singh Ghotra, Mohinderjit Singh Saini, Harwinder
Paul Singh Lail, Sukhmel Singh Atwal, Bhinder Singh Pamma, Yadwinder
Singh Grewal, Manjit Singh Gill, Thakar Singh Basati, Jaspaul Singh
Saini, Surinder Singh Bhatia, and Rajinder S. Mago.
The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago is a not-for-profit community
organization devoted to promoting Punjabi culture, language, performing
arts, healthy life style and sports, education, and good citizenship
in the metropolitan Chicago area.