Claremont Lincoln University has joined other major universities in the US in introducing Sikh study programs with the launch of the Centre for Sikh Studies.
The two Sikh leaders were supported by Rev. Dr. Jerry Campbell, Claremont Lincoln University President, and Dr. Phillip Clayton, Claremont Lincoln University Provost, in making the Sikh Center a reality.
In keeping with the Sikh motto of `Ek pita ekas ke hum barak (We are all children of one Father), the Center aims to introduce a graduate program on the university campus to create awareness about Sikh tenets. It will also serve as a platform for inter-religious dialogue.
At the inauguration, educationists and Sikh leaders were joined by Sir Eldon Griffiths, former British cabinet minister who is known for his understanding of Sikhism.
Prominent Sikh business owner Harbhajan Samra presented siropas to President Campbell, Provost Clayton, and Sir Eldon.
Two beautiful renditions of the first and tenth Sikh gurus were also donated to the university.
In recognition of their efforts to make the Center a reality, Dr Sahota and Director Sidhu were presented with commemorative university mugs.
In his remarks, Director Sidhu promised continued support of the Sikh Community to the Center in offering two or more Sikh Studies courses each year; hiring more faculty to offer an accredited Master of Arts degree in Sikh Studies; offering online courses to students across North America and worldwide; starting adult education courses on Sikhs and Sikhism, and arranging travel and study programs to the Golden Temple and other important Sikh sites in India.
Sidhu hoped that through ongoing support from the Sikh community, the Center will gain nationwide recognition as a forum for promoting Sikh message and values.
Elizabeth McDuffie has been appointed as the coordinator for the Center for Sikh Studies.