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Sikh Studies at Hofstra University

Dr. Balbinder Singh Bhogal
Professor of Religion and
Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies

The Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies is endowed by Ishar Singh Bindra and his family in honor of Mr. Bindra's wife and family matriarch, Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra. The chair was 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 conferences and lectures directed toward the academic community as well as the general public.

Because of this chair, Hofstra University has become known internationally as a center for the study of Sikh religion and culture. The Bindra family also established the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize at Hofstra, an international award that recognizes significant efforts to promote interfaith harmony. The inaugural Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize was awarded to His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, in 2008.

Hofstra's Department of Religion also includes the Msgr. Thomas J. Hartman Chair for Catholic Studies and an endowed chair in Jewish studies.

Hofstra University is also home to the Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology, the first of its kind in a western university. It was instituted at Hofstra University in 2011 by Dr. Hakam Singh, with the aim of promoting Sikh culture through one of its most relevant aspects: music.