Satinder Kaur Ramdev Memorial Trust for Advancement of Librarianship (SATKAL) is a fascinating story of an NRI who with his humble beginnings touched greater heights, both professionally and socially, of whom 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 in June 1970 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 loving 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 philanthropist and human being par excellence. He is constantly thinking about librarianship in india. He gave his savings to the Trust and his passion, his love and his benevolence gave birth to SATKAL which he established to perpetuate 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 immortalized his beloved in SATKAL. The Trust is the brainchild of the Chief Patron Sardar Jagindar Singh Ramdev. They called a meeting of librarians of the northern region of India at Panjab University, Chandigarh wherein it was christened as SATKAL. The acronym "SATK" stands for the name Satinder Kaur and " AL " denotes Advancement of Librarianship. Ever since its inception on 20 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 awards and recognition.