By A STAFF REPORTER
CLAREMONT, CA – The Center for Sikh Studies at Claremont Lincoln University will be inaugurated on Feb.1. The program is part of the university’s goal to establish a series of nine faith-based programs aimed at bringing together the world’s major religions and educating students on religious practices.
The center will offer Sikh Studies courses and programs with local Sikh American communities. There are also plans for the university to offer a master’s program in Sikh Studies. Other goals include setting up close ties with the Sikh American community in Southern California and developing online resources.
The center’s inauguration comes just six months after last year’s massacre at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis., where white supremacist Wade Michael Page shot and killed six Sikh worshipers. Supporters hope that centers like this will go toward educating and informing the wider audience of the diversity that exists in the U.S. and a faith that has a visible presence outside its home in India.
Among the major donors toward the instituting of the center are cardiologist Dr. Harvinder Sahota and businessman-politician Harry Sidhu. President Jerry Campbell and Provost Philip Clayton of Claremont University have lent their active support to the Center.