A group of NRIs donated about 125 acres of land to set up Sikh University, work on which began in August 2019.
The NRIs donated land for setting up ‘Khalsa University‘ in the Bellingham City of the US.
The University will be the first Sikh varsity outside India.
Bellingham is a coastal city in Washington state of the United States near the Canada border.
“The work was initiated in August last year. The project has got shape with the grace of Waheguru,” said US-based Manjit Singh Dhaliwal, who along with other Sikh families based in the US donated the land for the purpose.
“We have purchased two buildings of a government college with the help of members of the community to run the courses. We have got licenses by the education board and the local government,” Manjit added.Originally from Chowkiman village in Punjab’s Ludhiana district, Manjit Singh Dhaliwal was felicitated by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for his contribution to Sikhism through the forthcoming varsity.
“We have got online courses approved by the government and they will be introduced in the building we have purchased. We will approach Sikhs across the world to seek cooperation to develop the campus. Though we are short of funds, I hope the Sangat will help us realise our dream and in a year we will be able to start all the proposed courses”, said Manjit Dhaliwal
“The university will offer courses in engineering, medical, law, languages, accountancy etc besides Gurbani research, Sikh history and Gurmat Sangeet. Local people of other faiths are happy because value-based education is the need of the hour at a time when youths are getting hooked to drugs and other things,” added Manjit, who owns gas stations in Bellingham, which is adjacent to Vancouver City of Canada.
The former head of Gurmat Sangeet Department of Punjabi University, Patiala, Prof Gurnam Singh is also involved in the project.
Prof Singh told that the project is in its initial stage. A few classes have started in the building, which is a temporary campus, added the professor.
SGPC-run Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, is currently the sole Sikh university.