Randeep Singh Kohli, International Director of ‘World Book of Records’ Australia and Grandchild of former Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh is serving mankind since childhood
Passionate about delivering service that brings the difference in the life of those who matter. Randeep Singh Kohli is a social activist, a successful entrepreneur, Co-founder of Barkat Welfare Society, Amritsar Bulletin and Director -World Book of Records, Australia
“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” This beautiful quote of humanitarian Randeep Singh Kohli describes his whole existence and his work so far.
He is a charismatic gentleman who is no stranger to social service and humanitarian causes.
Being the grandchild of former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Randeep has seen, first hand, what statesmanship is. In fact, he has learnt it from the best, considering the fact that Dr. Singh is revered across the political and economic spectrum of the country.
At the age of 19, Randeep and his elder sister, Pushmeet Kohli, started an NGO, Barkat Welfare Society in Amritsar. The NGO, launched in 2014, when Kohli was still in the first year of his college, was aimed at bringing on a “transformation” of the society out of its current stupor. They visited various colleges in the city to create awareness about socio-economic issues plaguing the society. Their work was to uplift the spirit of the nation by motivating the youngsters to work towards the greater good. Barkat Society is involved in distributing medical and education assistance to the needy.
Though his resources were limited, his passion for social welfare was not. Right from the constantly changing scenarios to unpredictable issues, he has learnt to be on his toes throughout it all. The ability to adapt to the changes around him is what brought him immense success as a socio-entrepreneur. And this is corroborated by the National Excellence Award – 2017, which was accorded to him at an event in Indore. He has also received a certificate and a medal for the exemplary social work done through his NGO, Barkat. He has also received an honorary degree of “Doctorate of Philosophy” in humanity from the reputed “ITMUT University” of Brazil.
Born and brought up in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab, Randeep has been interested in serving the mankind right since his childhood days. The inspiration for that came from his father, S. Mandeep Singh Kohli and mother, Surjit Kaur, whom he saw involved in helping needy persons in everyday life. When asked about what drives him towards selfless social work, Randeep said, “I am being mechanized this way. My father taught me and supported me to become a social worker. He is the man whose presence encourages me to help the ones in need. To me injustice is intolerable.”
After finishing his formal education in Amritsar, he became the Chief Editor of “Amritsar Bulletin”. This is a printed newspaper, with social media presence on YouTube and Facebook. The newspaper has subscribers across the world, even in Australia, Canada and England. The aim of this newspaper is to empower youth with new skills to help them do better at whatever stations in life they are at. That was the beginning of a life-long quest for excellence and entrepreneurship for this young, dynamic man.
Kohli Engineers, founded in 1985, and re-established as a construction magnate in 1999, was the brainchild of Randeep’s father.
Randeep took up the charge in 2016 and with his hard work, honesty and generous spirit, he has made a special place for himself and his business in his clients’ hearts.
Today he is the International Director of ‘World Book of Records’ Australia, which is one of the world’s leading organizations assigning international certifications to individuals, teams, organizations for creating world records in different fields of life. The global network of this organization is spread across Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Before this, Randeep has held key positions like Punjab President of Quality Certification (QC), a global company that conducts quality control and performance grading through World Book of Records & World Record and Quality Certification Limited, USA, UK & INDIA. In other words, it is the certification division of the World Book Records – London.
Randeep is a skilled orator who has shared his pearls of wisdom on platforms like TedEx, Josh Talks and MS Talks. He is a really inspiring figure for the youth of today, who are often found stuck between what to do and what not to do in their daily lives. He is also active in the field of social justice. This is proved by the 100 RTI queries that he has filed to invite attention to public issues.
Most importantly, Randeep finds solace in a quote by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, in which the latter says, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”