PADMA SHRI VIKRAMJIT SAHNEY

President of World Punjabi Organisation (WPO)

Mr. Vikramjit Sahney is the International President of WPO, which is an international body to bring about "Punjabi Renaissance". It is a non-political body of prominent Punjabis from all over the globe. Formally launched by Mr. I.K. Gujral, former Prime Minister of India, it has branches spread over 12 countries to foster and strengthen the social, economic and cultural connect amongst like-minded people globally.

Some of the noteworthy projects undertaken by WPO include:

  • Launch of World Punjabi Parliamentarian Forum (WPPF) with an overwhelming participation of over forty five parliamentarians from all over the globe. The objective is to strengthen, enhance and promote an all-inclusive growth, by bringing together parliamentarians of Punjabi origin to a common platform.
  • Leading peace delegations to Pakistan to foster social and cultural ties as also hosting delegations of Indo-Pak Peace Conference and cultural programmes under 'Paigam Mohobattan De' since 1998.
  • Strengthening socio-cultural bonds with various countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Thailand and Middle East by sponsoring and hosting various conferences and cultural programmes during the visit of Heads of State and other respected NRI dignitaries.
  • Aid for natural calamity and war victims such as Tsunami, Pakistan Earth Quake and Kargil by donating truckloads of food, blankets, tents, woolen clothes etc.
  • Adoption of economically weak outstanding Punjabi students in various schools by funding their tuition fee, books, and facilitating their higher professional education.
  • Due to the efforts of WPO, Punjabi became the second official language of Delhi from 26th July 2003.
  • Organised health camps and launched Mobile Breast Cancer Detection Unit at Vice President's House.
  • Organising cultural events and celebrating festivals, especially Baisakhi each year to promote Punjabi culture and heritage along with light and sound shows like 'Bole So Nihal' and 'Guru Manyo Granth' in several countries for promoting the customs and traditions of Punjab.
  • Organising annual World Punjabi conferences in India and abroad. Also celebrated ten years of its glorious existence by organizing polo match, vintage car rally besides book launches and felicitating prominent NRI Punjabis including parliamentarians.
  • Organising Gurpurab celebrations on the occasion of Guru Nanak's Birth Anniversary at the President's and the Prime Minister's residences and several other activities.

For more information, visit: World Punjabi Organisation

Vikram Sahney
WPO has undertaken over 100 social, cultural and philanthropic projects to promote the rich culture of Punjab and help the underprivileged and deserving Punjabi students.