An information booth is set up at the Dashmesh Cultural Centre in northeast Calgary to raise awareness of a fundraising campaign to support a Sikh studies program at the University of Calgary.
The University of Calgary has announced that it is planning to create a Sikh Studies program. Through collaboration with Alberta’s Sikh community, the university will develop a pilot program that will expand the existing current course selections, create a three-year full-time appointment in Sikh Studies, and offer graduate research opportunities. “If you look at the university landscape across the board, there’s not a lot of course offerings, and there’s not a lot of places where a specifically Sikh representative or focus exists,” said Harjeet Grewal, Sikh studies instructor at UCalgary. “University of Calgary is taking the lead in trying to increase a representative diversity in the way it presents its courses and how that reflects the student body as well as the community at large.”