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November, 2020

Sikh Studies at UC Berkeley Brochure

Statement from the Office of the President-Elect on Baba Nanak's Birth Anniversary (Gurpurab)
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September, 2020

Sikh Studies at UC Berkeley Brochure



Sikh Studies Arrive at the University of California, Berkeley
For details, please view the brochure.





June, 2020

How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know
Article by Priya Krishna
New York Times, June 8, 2020

May 6, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of Drs. Asha and Harvinder Singh Sahota of Orange County, California, UC Irvine has established the Dhan Kaur Sahota Presidential Chair in Sikh Studies. For details, see

August 14, 2018

Their First Temple Was a Tent. Now Sikhs Walk New Jersey’s Halls of Power.

May, 2018

Ravinder Singh Bhalla, Mayor, Hoboken, NJ.

Preet Didbal, Mayor, Yuba City, CA.
For her interview:

Gurbir Singh Grewal, Attorney General, NJ.
Read New York Times Article

Harpreet Singh, Harvard University, MA.


For those interested in enrolling in Harpreet Singh's online course, please visit:


Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies, University of Wolverhampton, England

March 8, 2018

We warmly welcome Vice-Chancellor Geoff Layer's support for the establishment of the Centre for Sikh and Panjabi Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, the first of its kind on the British soil, and our best wishes for Director Opinderjit Kaur Takhar's success as she maps out the history of CSPS. For details, please visit:


I. Teaching Positions

*The Anthropology Department at the UC Irvine invites applications for the endowed DHAN KAUR SAHOTA PRESIDENTIAL CHAIR in Sikh Studies (applications due by February 1, 2018) Click here for details.

*The Global Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara
invites applications for KAPANY CHAIR IN GLOBAL AND SIKH STUDIES AT UCSB (applications due by November 1, 2017) Click here for details

*Central University Punjab, Bathinda
invites applications for Guru Gobind Singh Professorship and Satguru Ram Singh Professorship in Sikh Studies (applications due September 22)

We welcome the appointments of Dr. Harpal Singh Pannu to Guru Gobind Singh Chair and Dr. Kuldip Singh to Satguru Ram Singh Chair and send them our best wishes for outstanding service to their respective fields while at CU, Bathinda.

*Gurmani Centre for Language and Literatures, Lahore University of Management Studies
invites applications for a full-time position in Punjabi language and literature (applications due by May 31, 2017) Click here for details


II. Events

Bi-Annual Sikh Studies Conference
UC Riverside
May 12-13, 2017


III. General News

November 15, 2017

Surjit Patar, the leading Punjabi poet, on the current state of Punjabi language in the Punjab. For details, please visit:

November 8, 2017

Democrat Manka Dhingra makes it to the Washington State Senate. For details, please visit:

November 7, 2017

We thank the people of Hoboken, a lovely town within a stone's throw from New York City, to elect Ravi Bhalla (born 1973) as their mayor. Ravi started his public service activity as a student leader at UC Berkeley, and along with his colleagues was instrumental in convincing the university administration to introduce the teaching of Punjabi into its South Asian curriculum, the first initiative of its kind in the UC system. After graduating from there, he worked hard and came up the ladder of leadership step by step.

We pray for his success as the mayor of his home town and look forward to his move to the state and then the national capitol in the years ahead. For more, please visit:

"Hoboken elects first Sikh mayor days after flyer attacked him as a ‘terrorist’"

July 20, 2017: The release of "The Black Prince," a movie about the lifelong struggle of Duleep Singh, the youngest son of Ranjit Singh (d. 1839), to regain his lost kingdom. Rachel Saltz, Review: A Poor, Little Rich Maharajah in Black Prince

January 12, 2017: Over 350 state and federal officials attended Gurbir Singh Grewal's oath taking ceremony for the prosecutor of Bergen County, NJ. It started with a Sikh invocation, and Amrit, his wife, held the gutka, when Gurbir took the oath. We wish the couple a great success in its new role. Click here to read the complete story

November 17, 2016: We wish Amarjīt Chandan a happy 70th Birthday. Here are three versions of one of his superb songs.

November 3, 2016: Francesca Cassio, S.H.K.Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University, presented Gurbāṇī kīrtan, accompanied by Parminder Singh Bhamra on the joṛī-pakhāvaj, and Nirvair Kaur Khalsa on the tāūs.

October 19, 2016: Our congratulations to Wāris Ahlūwālīā for the honor bestowed upon him at Gracie Mansion, New York City

August 8, 2016: Our congratulations to Dr. Harkeerat and Deepta Dhillon of Riverside, CA, for endowing “award to fund Ph.D. research in Sikh and Punjābī culture and history at U.C. Riverside.


IV. Obituaries

Kirpal Singh (1924-2019), the national professor of Sikhism (SGPC bestowed honor) until 2018 passed away in May. Please see:

Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia (1935-2019), an academician, administrator, and public intellectual of considerable reckoning passed away in April. Please see:

Rajpal Singh (1942-2018), who devoted his life to the preservation of Punjabi folk culture and music, passed away. Please see:

To hear a sample of his recordings, please click here.  


Professor Ainslie T. Embree (1921-2017), scholar, mentor and great human being  


Kailash Puri (1925-2017), a London based Punjabi writer, died on June 17  

Sukhwant Kaur Mann (1933-June 14, 2016), and Gurdial Singh (1933-August 16, 2016). For assessment of their work, please see

D. Kaur, Sukhwant Kaur Mann: Preserving Cultural Memory, Journal of Punjāb Studies (13:1-2), 247-253.  

Rana Nayar, Gurdial Singh: A Storyteller Extraordinaire, Journal of Punjāb Studies (13:1-2), 229-246.