SATKAL is an fascinating story of a NRI who with his humble beginnings touched greater heights, both professionally and socially, of which every librarian should be proud. This NRI is professor Jagindar Singh Ramdev ( First Deputy Librarian of A C Joshi Library , Panjab University, Chandigarh) now settled in Grayslake , Illinois , USA. He left India 38 yeras ago to find livelihood in a distant land along with his devoted wife and family . He faced all situations with formidable courage, and gave the best education to his children. It is due to the unstinted support of his doting wife that he could settle well in the USA and raise his family successfully. Sardar Jagindar Singh Ramdev is a librarian and teacher of library science by profession, a prolific writer and above all , a philanthrophist and human being par excellence. He is constantly thinking about librarinship in india. He gave his savings to the trust and his passion , his love and his benovelence gave birth to SATKAL which he established to perpetuaute the memory of his late wife Mrs Satinder Kaur Ramdev who was a graduate in library science , a teacher by profession and a sympathetic , affectionate, kind and generous lady. Sardar Jagindar Singh Ramdev has immortalised his beloved in SATKAL. The trust is the brainchild of the Chief Patron Sardar Jagindar Singh Ramdev . They called a meeting of libraraians of the northern region at Panjab University, Chandigarh wherein it was christened SATKAL. The acronym "SATK" stands for the name Satinder Kaur and " AL " denotes Advancement of Librarianship . Ever since its inception in 20th April 2000, the Trust undertook various activities relating to the advancement of librarianship.
SATKAL is all for librarians and similarly all the librarians have something for them from SATKAL. For students it has Scholarships , Medals and Quiz Competitions , for working Professionals it has training programmes , lectures, seminars and workshops and for good and sincere workers it has Award and recogintion.