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General Chair In Sikh Studies At US Varsity To Start Today

Discussion in 'Hard Talk' started by Saint Soldier, Dec 3, 2008.

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    Growing interest of Western scholars in Punjab in general and Sikhs in particular has paved way for the formal launch of the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies at Hofstra University tomorrow. Ishar Singh Bindra and his family have endowed the Chair in Sikh Studies in honour of family matriarch Kuljit Kaur Bindra.

    Dr Balbinder Singh Bhogal, formerly of York University, Toronto, Canada, will head the Chair from tomorrow.
    Hofstra is not the first North American University to have a Chair in Sikh Studies as some universities in Canada and the United States have Departments of South Asian Studies that include Sikh studies.
    Some months back, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of World University of Guru Granth Sahib Studies at Fatehgarh Sahib, near here.
    The Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies is, however, being established to promote the academic study of Sikh religion, culture and history. The endowment supports the appointment of a faculty member in Sikh Studies, helps build the university library's holdings in Sikhism, provides scholarship assistance to students interested in Sikh religion and culture and funds annual conferences and lectures directed toward the academic community as well as the general public.
    Hofstra University claims to be a dynamic private institution where students can choose from about 140 undergraduate and 155 graduate programmes in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services and honours studies, as well as a school of law. With a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, its professors teach small classes averaging 22 students that emphasise interaction, critical thinking and analysis. Hofstra offers a faculty whose highest priority is teaching excellence, cutting edge technology, extensive library resources and internships and special educational programmes that appeal to their interests and abilities. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future. “I am delighted to be the holder of this important Chair that has done so much to reinvigorate the field of Sikh studies,” said Dr Bhogal.

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