A self-made man born in a small town of Kotkapura in Punjab with very humble beginnings, went to an ordinary government school and government Barjindra College Faridkot and Punjabi University Patiala and rose upto a renowned Global Punjabi, Philanthropist, Educationist and Social Activist.
Shri Sahney has been conferred with one of the highest civic honour of Padma Shri by the Hon’ble President of India for his extraordinary contribution towards the welfare of society at large.
WORLD PUNJABI ORGANISATION
Vikram Sahney is founder and International President of World Punjabi Organisation (WPO) is a non-political organisation set up in 1998 with Shri I.K. Gujral, the then Prime Minister of India as its Patron-in-Chief to unite vast Punjabi NRI community with mainstream of India and to promote our rich cultural heritage. Mr. Sahney undertook various significant projects as under:
Produced and staged mega light & sound shows – “Bole So Nihal” on tercentenary of Khalsa, Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Guru Maneo Granth, Sarbansdani Guru Gobind Singh Ji. These shows travelled all over the globe to preach rich history, cultural heritage and message of peace and harmony of the great Gurus.
Mr. Sahney’s socio-cultural interests are very far-reaching. He has launched World Forum for Parliamentarians of Indian origin with over 50 parliamentarians as its members from all over the world. He organised World Punjabi conferences in Dubai, London, New York, Thailand, Singapore to unite NRI community with the mainstream of India. He commemorated of Important events like 300 years birth of Khalsa and 350th Birthday of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji at National, International levels by organising various functions.
He was instrumental in Installing an equestrian statue of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the Parliament House.
Sikh Heritage Museums
Mr. Sahney has also set up Baba Bagel Singh Sikh Heritage Multimedia Museum at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib showcasing the rich history of Sikh culture and the sacrifices by this brave community for its motherland. The museum was inaugurated by Hon’ble Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and has been visited by over 25 lakh visitors in just 3 years.
He is Founder of Guru Tegh Bahadur Multimedia Auditorium and first ever Holographic Show of the life story of the Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji at Rakabganj Gurudwara near parliament house.
Sun Foundation, NGO
Mr. Sahney has embarked his NGO upon a journey to create a humane and more equitable society through Sun Foundation reaching out to incapacitated and has provided support to less-privileged section of society.
With the unprecedented toll that the second wave has taken on the country’s health infrastructure, its impact is being felt profoundly on every aspect of life. Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney rendered exemplary service to the under privileged and destitute during covid first and second wave by donating oxygen plants, ECMO Machine, 1000 oxygen concentrators, 2000 oxygen cylinders to various districts and rural areas of Punjab.
He was Instrumental in setting up of a 400- bed Covid Care Centre at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in Delhi by providing 400 oxygen concentrators free of charge. 500 additional oxygen concentrators were donated to several districts of Punjab and various covid care camps. Oxygen Concentrator banks were set up all over Punjab in collaboration with local Gurdwaras, Golden Temple Amritsar, various Red Cross Societies and District Administrators.
Skilling Youth and assist in jobs
Sun Foundation has set up World Class Skill Centres at ITI Campus, Jail Road, New Delhi and Amritsar. This multi skilling centres, with international standards, imparts World Class Skill courses free of charge for Indian/ global needs supported by Industry. The Centres are providing skills to over 2000 students per year. Youth skilled at these centres are given job letter immediately after completion of courses. Evacuation and Rehabilitation of Afghan Refugees Mr. Sahney single handedly sent 3 chartered flights at his own expense to Kabul to evacuate over 500 Afghani Hindu & Sikhs. He started a programme “My Family My Responsibility” for their rehabilitation in West Delhi by paying for their household expenses & Medical Health Insurance. He is also providing free skill training to these Afghan refugees through his NGO, Sun Foundation.
Drug De-addcition and Rehabilitation
Mr. Sahney is running Swami Vivekanand Drug De-addiction & Rehab Centre in Amritsar, Punjab for purpose of drug de-addition and rehabilitation of Punjabi youth. The youth is being given various skills to empower them to earn their livelihoods apart from teaching them yoga, music, sports activities, gym and moral based education.
Mr. Sahney organized the biggest campaign in Punjab with pledge by 10,000 youth against drug abuse at Amritsar by saying “No to Drugs”. International Footprints Mr. Sahney represented India in various international conferences like BRICS, IBSA i.e., India-Brazil-South Africa, SAARC, BIMSTEC, INDIA-ARAB and so on.
Mr. Sahney has been the champion of Interfaith and Universal brotherhood and have hosted many functions in UAE, London and India for this cause.
He is a passionate sufi singer. To his credit are over 50 sufi and devotional songs sung with famous Bollywood singers like Harshdeep Kaur, Nooran sisters, daughter of famous legendary singer Reshma to propagate the message of love and affection among human mankind and highlighting rich culture and heritage.
Awards & Accolades
He has also been conferred with International Peace Award by the former President of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth in New Delhi, Leadership Award from Mr. Hardeep Puri, Indian Ambassador & Permanent representative of India to United Nation, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award for Women Upliftment, Rashtriya Gaurav Award, Mother India International Award, India Community Services Award, Momento by Sir Edmund Hillary and several others.