The University of Calgary is working with the Sikh community in Alberta to establish a long-term Sikh degree program at the post-secondary facility that will be the first of its kind in Canada.
The university plans to create a three-year full-time appointment for Sikh studies. They also hope to expand the current range of courses, further develop their research in the field, and encourage community engagement.
The long-term goal is to establish a Chair in Sikh Studies at the University of Calgary. This would make the school a leader in its field by employing the only chair in Canada with an exclusive focus on Sikh studies.
The Sikh Study Initiative is designed to give students the tools to reflect on the Sikh worldview in both a Canadian and a global context. The program’s courses will help students apply and embrace diversity, pluralism, and compassion for others.
The university works with communities of scholars, Sikhs, and neighbors to ensure they develop programs that remain relevant to a global framework.
UCalgary is home to a large and dedicated Sikh community. However, the program is open to all students regardless of their background.
The University of Calgary School of Arts has provided funding to develop this program, but the post-secondary is asking the community for an additional $ 250,000.
Anyone looking to donate or learn more can visit Sikh Studies’ crowdfunding page.